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About The Competition

Dear Overseas Indian,

The Election Commission of India (ECI) in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) brings forth a unique competition based upon the theme of “Every Indian Vote Counts”, to crowdsource creative ideas from overseas Indians holding Indian passports.
Participate and present your thoughts in the most innovative way and get a chance to win exciting prizes!

Excite, captivate and mesmerize us with your original creation in any of the following categories:

  • 1. Slogan
  • 2. Song (original composition)
  • 3. Posters
  • 4. Photograph
  • 5. Essay
  • 6. Short Film and Audio Visual

Your active participation might just win you a round trip to India. Get a once in a lifetime chance to be honoured by the Election Commission of India on National Voters' Day, 25th January 2017 in New Delhi

General Rules for Submission:

  1. Theme for all the categories is Every Indian Vote Counts
  2. The contestant should be an Overseas Indian holding Indian Passport.
  3. A contestant can upload submissions in all categories, but only once.
  4. The contestant will be considered to have accepted the use of the creative material for promotional purposes through media platforms by the Election Commission of India.
  5. Contestant's have read above rules and regulations carefully and agreed to all above conditions.
  1. Slogan one -line submission
    Theme- Every Indian Vote Counts
    • Your slogan can contain a maximum number of 92 characters.
    • Contestant's have read above rules and regulations carefully and agreed to all above conditions.
    • You can submit in any Indian language
  2. Song
    Theme - Every Indian Vote Counts
    • Your song should have a minimum running time of 90 seconds (1.5 minutes) and maximum of 240 seconds (4 minutes).
    • You must upload the audio file only in MP3, audio format.
    • You can submit in any Indian language
  3. Poster
    Theme- Every Indian Vote Counts
    • Your poster should be saved and submitted in PDF and JPEG format regardless of what software (e.g. PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop LaTeX etc.) you used to create it. This is so that all panel members can view the file correctly, and so the any printing is true to design.
    • Please bear in mind, the posters will be judged by viewing on a computer screen so any tiny detail that will not be visible in a smaller format will be lost.
    • Your poster should be sent in high quality photograph if it is handmade and clicked.
    • The file size should be no larger than 10MB.
  4. Photograph
    Theme- Every Indian Vote Counts
    • File Format should be in JPEG or PNG.
    • File size: up to 20 MB of image data per work.
    • File format: JPEG, .JPEG, .PNG /150 dpi is recommended.
    • Entries may originate in any format — including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, colour transparencies, colour prints, or black and white prints — so long as they are submitted electronically in a JPEG, JPG or PNG format.
    • Please submit photographs that are un-manipulated and real, and that capture special moments. Digitally altered photographs using the tools of Photoshop or setup photography or any other editing tools are not eligible.
  5. Original Essay (less than 750 words)
    Theme- Every Indian Vote Counts
    • The author of the submitted essay should be an Overseas Indian holding Indian Passport.
    • The text should be in PDF (non- encrypted) format.
  6. Short film and Audio Visual
    Theme- Every Indian Vote Counts
    • The duration of the film/audio visual should have a minimum airtime of 30 seconds (0.5 minutes) and a maximum of 120 seconds (2 minutes).
    • The film can be in Hindi or English.
    • The audio visual is not restricted to only film format so animated submissions or other educative videos are also encouraged.
    • Your film/short audio visual must be submitted on YouTube. Following which you must copy the link from YouTube and upload it in your user account in the website (www.everyindianvotecounts.in)
    • The title of your film must be written in this format in the title section of YouTube. Every Indian Vote Counts- (Name suggested by the creator)
    • The detailed procedure of uploading the video is explained below.
    • Only one of the filmmakers/audio visual creators can avail the benefits of jury award. i.e. a return trip to India

1 Round trip to India on National Voters' Day and be honored by the Election Commission of India

Claim of Prizes

All potential winners must provide personal details such as passport number, photocopy of passport etc., along with a duly signed affidavit (as mentioned earlier) within 7 days of notification.

Terms and Conditions of the Competition

Plagiarism

Except where prohibited, a potential winner will be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility, including proof of age, and liability/publicity release within 7 days. If a potential winner is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the documents on his/her behalf. If a potential winner fails to return these documents on time, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place.

Release and limited liability

By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless ECI, TISS, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the contest; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) late or undelivered mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Contest; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property. You waive the right to claim any attorney’s fees and any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

Disputes

You agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in New Delhi. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of TISS and ECI in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of India, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether in India or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than India.

The decision of the jury will be final and no correspondence or discussion will be entertained on the subject

Right to cancel or suspend contest

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way, ECI may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Photo Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Photo Contest; or (b) award the prize(s) from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. ECI reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Photo Contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. ECI failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the owner. The Photo Contest is subject to national, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of ECI that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, ECI reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. If Sponsor elects to cancel or terminate the Contest, Sponsor will not retain any rights in the submitted photographs, and will return the fees submitted with each entry.

Entrants are responsible for complying with these Official Rules. Winners' names will be available online and available upon request from ECI.

Copyright after Submission

All Entries of once submitted will become the property of Election Commission of India. Thus, Election Commission can:

  1. Use the submission on the Internet and in Social Media in support of ECI’s mission
  2. Use the submission in internal and external communications materials including but not limited to web sites and web publications, fact sheets, voter education campaigns, advertising, multimedia, presentation, annual report etc.
  3. Provide your submission to other individuals and organizations for ECI-related use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, videos, and the like.
  4. Use, in connection with the Contest, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.
  5. Retain a digital copy of your photograph that will be archived and accessible to ECI staff

Where possible, the author of the content would be duly acknowledged.

Prizes

Air India will offer two tickets in Economy class to the winner of the competition for travel from a foreign country to India and back. Basic Fare and Fuel Charge will be absorbed by Air India on the Award tickets, Any other airport and Govt. taxes etc. will however be borne by the winner.

As the online competition is opened for the NRIs in many countries, it is likely that Air India may not have operation in the country of the winner. Or, it is also possible that Air India may be flying to more than one station in a country (e.g. UK, USA) from where an NRI may win the contest.

In case the winner is from a city where Air India does not operate to, the winner will be allowed to travel from the nearest airport in the same or another country, as the case may be.