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Instagram Contest Terms and Conditions





The Portland State University Instagram Launch Contest entry period begins begins at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on September 17, 2012 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (PT) on October 14, 2012. ("The Entry Period"). The contest judging period begins on October 15, 2012 and ends on October 17, 2012 ("The Judging Period"). The fan voting period begins at 10:00 am (PT) on October 18, 2012 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (PT) on October 25, 2012.


This promotion is open worldwide to Instagram users including PSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, families, and fans. Employees of the Sponsor are eligible to participate but are not allowed to win any of the grand prizes listed below.


During the Entry Period, users must follow @PortlandState and @GoViks and submit their photos that best represent "Portland State of Mind." The photos must be labeled with the tags: #PSOM, #portlandstate, #goviks 

  • Failure to include all 3 tags will result to the submission to be automatically disqualified. 
  • Users may submit as many photos as they wish for this contest however the first 100 submissions will only receive one free shirt per Instagram account.

All submissions become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be returned. All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. PT on October 14, 2012.


At the end of the Entry Period, 5 photos will be selected at the discretion of the Sponsor based on creativity, originality, and style. Then, these 5 photos will be uploaded on PSU's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. These photos will be judged by fans for a week and the top 3 photos that receive the most overall Facebook and Instagram "likes" will win.  


The first 100 photo submissions during the Entry Period will win a "Portland State of Mind" T-Shirt. Based on overall Facebook and Instagram "likes," there will be 3 grand prize winners. The third place winner will receive a Nike pullover jacket and a PSU swag bag. The second place winner will get a one night stay at the Doubletree Hotel and a PSU swag bag. The first place winner will win an Apple iPod Touch and the ultimate Viking swag bag.


Submissions 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;
  • is profane;
  • 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 submission;
  • contains any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, e-mail addresses or street addresses;
  • contains copyrighted materials owned by others or any trademarks, names or logos owned by others;
  • communicates messages inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which Sponsor wishes to associate;
  • and/or violates any law.

All submissions that do not comply with these Official Rules or that otherwise contain prohibited, or inappropriate content deemed unacceptable by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified and will not be published.  The Sponsor makes the final determination as to which submissions are eligible to take part in this promotion. The sponsor reserves the right to modify the the criteria, dates, & guidelines of the contest at any time.

All submissions become the physical property of Sponsor and will not be returned. By submitting your submission, you grant the Sponsor full and unlimited usage right to your submission, in whole or in part, in any manner or medium and unlimited right to display, reproduce, record, exhibit, distribute, copy, edit, change, modify, add to, subtract from, and re-title.


By participating, users agree to these Official Rules and the Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter terms and conditions which are final and binding in all respects. Void wherever prohibited or restricted by law.  Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification.  If for any reason the promotion is not capable of running as planned due to causes that affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the promotion, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion to cancel, modify or terminate the promotion.  

Further, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual deemed to be (a) tampering or attempting to tamper with the selection process or the operation of the promotion; (b) violating the Official Rules; (c) violating the terms of service, conditions of use and/or general rules or guidelines of any property or service, or (d) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.


Sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect submission information, or for any failed electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of submissions at any point in the operation of this promotion; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure; or (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of the Internet or any the website or any combination thereof.


The Sponsor of this promotion is the office of University Communications and Athletics at Portland State University.