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#PreferredPups Photo Contest

Official Rules


ELIGIBILITY: Contest is open to legal residents of the continental United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec), the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates, who are 18 years of age at the time of entry. Employees of Preferred Hotels & Resorts (“Sponsor”), its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, promotion and advertising agencies, and members of their immediate family (spouses, parent, children, siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, of such employees, are not eligible to enter or win. Void where prohibited by law. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.


#PreferredPups Photo Contest (the “Contest”) starts on October 23, 2017 at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“EST”) and ends November 3, 2017 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST (“Contest Submission Period”). To enter the Contest during the Contest Submission Period, you must follow the steps below:

  1. Follow Preferred Hotels & Resorts on Instagram @PreferredHotels if you are not already following @PreferredHotels; and
  2. Post a photo to your Instagram that features your dog living the “Preferred Lifestyle” including the tag #PreferredPupsContest and tag @PreferredHotels and one (1) of the following ten (10) participating hotels that you would like to stay at (listed below). You must also follow the hotel that you tag in your image to be eligible to win.
    1. The Jefferson, DC: @thejeffersondc
    2. Hotel Nikko San Francisco: @hotelnikkosf
    3. Montage Deer Valley: @montagedeervalley
    4. Montage Palmetto Bluff: @montagepalmettobluff
    5. Metropolitan Hotel Toronto: @methotels
    6. Casa Dorada Los Cabos: @casadoradacabo
    7. Dylan Dublin: @dylandublin
    8. The Hari: @theharilondon
    9. NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans: @nopsihotel
    10. Ojai Valley Inn: @ojaivalleyinn

An Instagram account with public profile settings is required to enter and may be obtained for free at If you choose to participate in the Contest using the Instagram application on your mobile phone, standard data rates may apply. See your wireless service provider for pricing plan details. The photo and identifying information you provide in connection with the photo are collectively referred to as the “Entry.” All Entries must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. (EST) on November 6, 2017. Limit one (1) Entry per person throughout the Contest Submission Period. You may only use one valid social media account to enter the Contest. In the event any entrant submits more than one Entry, the first Entry received by Sponsor will be deemed that entrant’s Entry. Entrants assume all risk of lost, late, misdirected, incomplete or illegible Entries. You may not use multiple Instagram accounts to enter the Contest, and any entrant who submits through multiple accounts will be disqualified.

For those who do not own an Instagram account, they are eligible to enter the contest by uploading a photo via the contest site at and filling out the supplied online form.


Entry may not contain, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, any content that:

  • Is sexually explicit or suggestive, unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic; contains nudity;
  • Promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message;
  • Is obscene or offensive; endorses any form of hate or hate group; appears to duplicate any other submitted Entries;
  • Defames misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies;
  • Contains trademarks, logos or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others, without permission; contains any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses;
  • Contains copyrights materials owned by others (including photographs, websites, television, movies or other media), without permission;
  • Contains look-a-likes of celebrities or other public or private figures, living or dead;
  • Communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which we wish to associate; and/or
  • Violates any law.

Entry must be the original work of the entrant, may not have been previously published, may not have won previous awards, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or rights of any person or entity. If the Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by Sponsor in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name, likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Entry. Photos may show other people, animals, or other people’s pets in the picture. If another person’s pet is shown, entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to show the animal. Sponsor reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render Entry null and void. By submitting an Entry, entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Entry consent to the submissions and use of the Entry in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein.

JUDGING: All eligible Entries received by Sponsor will be judged by a panel of qualified judges based on the following criteria: creativity of the photo and caption (33%), quality of the photo (33%), and compliance with the submission guidelines (34%) (“Judging Criteria”). The eight (8) Entries with the highest scores will be deemed the potential winners. In the event of a tie, an additional, “tie-breaking” judge will determine the winner(s) based on the criteria listed herein. Sponsor reserves the right not to award all prizes if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries. Prize awards are subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Judges’ and Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to this Contest. Potential winners will be notified on or about November 6, 2017 by a comment on their photo Entry from Sponsor with an e-mail address or other contact information where the potential winner can contact Sponsor. Messaging may be public or private. The potential winners must respond within three (3) days of Sponsor’s comment post on their photo Entry, or Sponsor may select an alternative potential winner with the next highest score. Potential winners may be required to complete an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release (unless prohibited by law) and any other documents required by Sponsor, which must be returned within three (3) days of date appearing on prize notification. Return of prize or prize notification as undeliverable, failure to sign and return requested documentation within the specified time period, the inability of Sponsor to contact a potential winner within a reasonable time period or noncompliance with these Official Rules by any potential winner will result in disqualification and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, the prize may be awarded to a runner-up. If any potential winner is over the age of 18 and still considered a minor in his/her jurisdiction or residence, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian who will be responsible for fulfilling all requirements imposed on winners set forth herein.

PRIZES: We will award ten (10) prizes, each consisting of two (2) night standard hotel accommodations (one room, double occupancy) for winner and his/her dog at one of the ten participating hotels (listed above) and one (1) gift set from Yark. The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each prize is $1,200. The total ARV of all prizes is $12,000. Actual value may vary. Any difference between stated value and actual value will not be awarded. Air and/or ground transportation to/from the participating hotels will not be provided and will be each winner’s sole responsibility. Accommodations must be booked by dates specified by Sponsor or prize will be forfeited and Sponsor will have no further obligation to such winner. Sponsor reserves the right to change dates. Certain blackout dates and restrictions may apply. All federal, state and local taxes and all other costs associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided, including any/all transportation between the winner’s residence and the selected hotel, any beverages or food, gratuities, tips, insurance, laundry service, merchandise, parking, entertainment, room service, service charges, souvenirs, telephone calls, Internet or fax services, excursions and any additional incidentals are the sole responsibility of the winner. Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. Winners may not substitute, assign or transfer prize or redeem prize for cash, but Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion, to substitute prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: By participating, each entrant agrees: (a) to abide by these Official Rules and decisions of Sponsor and judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects relating to this Contest; (b) to release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity or the acceptance, possession use or misuse of any awarded prize including any travel/activity related thereto; and (c) to the use of his/her name, voice, performance, photo, image and/or likeness for programming, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide and on the Internet, and in perpetuity by Sponsor and its designees, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) or additional consents from entrant or any third party without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so.

LICENSE/USE OF ENTRIES: By entering, and to the extent allowed by law, entrants warrant and represent that Released Parties and each of their respective designees shall have a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub licensable, unconditional and transferable license to edit, adapt, modify, publish, exploit and use their Entry (and all material embodied therein) in any way and in any and all media now known (including, but not limited to, online, in social media) or hereinafter discovered or devised, world-wide for trade, advertising, promotional, public relations and/or other purposes as Sponsor and/or its designees may determine without further permission from, or notification or consideration to entrants or any third parties.

MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, illegible, delayed, misdirected Entries; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions, or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of Entries, the announcement of the prizes, the incorrect uploading of the photo or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest or website, who act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated Entries will be void. Should any portion of the Contest be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of Entries, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest and, if terminated at its discretion, select the potential winners from all eligible, non-suspect Entries received prior to action taken using the Judging Criteria outlined above. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, participant agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office nearest the participant; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in the Contest), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

CHOICE OF LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of Illinois, USA.

REQUEST FOR WINNERS’ LIST: For a list of winners available after November 6, 2017, send a self-addressed, stamped, envelope by November 16, 2017 to: #PreferredPupsContest Winners, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, 311 South Wacker Dr. #1900, Chicago, IL 60606.

SPONSOR: Preferred Hotels & Resorts, 311 South Wacker Dr. #1900, Chicago, IL 60606.