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From music and technology to politics and science, the influence of German(y) is everywhere in America. The "German(y) in Your Life" Contest is all about your perceptions of German(y) and its influence in American life. Contest entries may be submitted in five different categories—essay, graphic arts/sculpture, film/video, poem/songwriting, and/or speech. Top entries will be determined by campuswide voting, and the winner in each category will win a variety of prizes and advance to the national competition sponsored by the German Embassy!

Binding Agreement

To enter the contest, you must agree to these Official Rules. You agree that submission of an Entry in the contest constitutes agreement to these rules.

Contest Period

Entries can be submitted from August 29, 2011, to 11:59 pm, September 27, 2011.

Online voting will take place September 30 to 11:59 pm, October 9, 2011.

Who Can Enter

To be eligible to participate in this contest, entrants must be enrolled in study at the University of Tennessee. No group submissions are allowed for the Essay, Graphic Arts/Sculpture, Poem/Song, and Speech categories. Small groups (1 to 3 individuals) are allowed ONLY for entries in the Film/Video category. No prior German language or experience is required! Entries may be in English, German, or a mix of both.

How to Enter

Qualified entrants (see "Who Can Enter," above) may submit one Entry in each of the five campuswide competitions. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm, September 27, 2011.

  1. By submitting your Entry, you warrant and represent that (a) your Entry is 100 percent original and was created solely by you; (b) you are the rightful owner of the NetID that you provided in the “Artist” column in iTunesU in order to identify the authorship of your submission, (c) the Entry does not incorporate any material owned by any third party without permission and/or proper citation; (d) use of the Entry as described herein will not violate any law or infringe upon the rights of any third party; and (e) you have the permission from any and all individuals other than yourself who are shown in the Entry. If, in the opinion of the sponsor, the Entry violates any law or infringes upon the rights of any third party, is inaccurate, illegible, incomplete, or irregular in any way or otherwise does not comply with the Official Rules, the sponsor may disqualify the Entry.
  2. By submitting an Entry, you grant the sponsor the royalty-free right to use, reuse, copy, publish, republish, broadcast, rebroadcast, in whole or in part; edit, modify, rearrange, create derivative works from in any manner, for any lawful purposes whatsoever within the scope of or in connection with this contest, including but not limited to, on the internet and for promotional purposes in any medium  without further permission, consideration, or payment, unless prohibited by law.
  3. By submitting an Entry, you acknowledge that the NetID provided in the “Artist” column in iTunesU in order to identify the authorship of your submission will be the sole basis for identifying the author or artist of a winning entry. In case of group submissions for the Film/Video Contest, the NetIDs of all group-members that should to be recognized as winners if the submission is a winning entry (maximum 3 individuals) need to be included at the end of the video.
  4. All individuals eligible to participate in this contest may enter up to one entry in each of the five categories of the contest (Essay, Graphic Arts/Sculpture, Film/Video, Poem/Song, and Speech). Those who submit multiple entries in the same category of this contest will be disqualified from participating in that category of the contest.
  5. In order to participate, it is not necessary to participate in each of the five categories of the contest  (Essay, Graphic Arts/Sculpture, Film/Video, Poem/Song, and Speech).
  6. Entries may NOT contain material that is (or promote activities which are) sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, violent, self-mutilating (e.g., relating to murder, the sales of weapons, cruelty, abuse, etc.), discriminatory (based on race, sex, religion, natural origin, physical disability, sexual orientation, or age), illegal (e.g., underage drinking, substance abuse, computer hacking, etc.), offensive, threatening, profane, or harassing. The sponsors reserve the right in their sole and unfettered discretion to disqualify any Entry that they believe contains obscene, offensive, or inappropriate content that does not comply with these Official Rules or that is not consistent with the spirit or theme of the Contest. Please refer to Hilltopics for more information on academic standards of conduct.
  7. The contest sponsors are not responsible for server unavailability or computer or any other electronic malfunction. The sponsor will void entries that are mutilated, tampered with, or illegible or from ineligible entries.
  8. Entrants acknowledge and agree that the contest sponsors shall have no obligation to post, display, or otherwise make publicly available any work submitted by the entrant, and may, remove, edit, modify, or delete any work that the entrant submits.

Winner Selection

Competition will be held on two levels, (1) University and (2) National.

  1. Winners on the University level will be determined by campuswide voting. Voting will take place between September 30, 2011, and 11:59 pm October 9, 2011.
  2. Finalists from the Qualified Entrants (see above) in each contest category (Essay, Graphic Arts/Sculpture, Film/Video, Poem/Song, and Speech) will be determined by highest number of votes. Finalists and other entries may be published on the contest web page and/or displayed throughout campus alongside the finalist’s name.
  3. The winner of each category (Essay, Graphic Arts/Sculpture, Film/Video, Poem/Song, and Speech) will be the person(s) whose contest submission receives the greatest number of valid votes from the student body from from September 30, 2011, to 11:59 pm October 9, 2011, and who satisfies all of these Official Rules.
  4. Only those with a registered UT Knoxville email address ( can vote in the University level of competition according to the voting guidelines for this contest that will be published separately by no later September 30, 2011 when time campuswide voting opens . Everyone who participates in voting will have the option to enter that email into a lottery, the winner of which will be drawn at random during the “do Deutsch!” German Campus Week at UT (October 10–14, 2011).
  5. In each of the five categories of the contest (Essay, Graphic Arts/Sculpture, Film/Video, Poem/Song, and Speech), the Entry with the most online votes wins. . In the event of a tie, the contest sponsors will choose the winner. The top winner in each category will advance to the national level of competition.

The German Embassy to the United States in Washington, D.C. will determine winners at the national level.

Winner Notification

Winners will be announced during “do Deutsch! Week,” October 10–14, 2011. Winners will also be notified by campus email. Winners must show picture identification to claim their prize.

By participating in the contest, each participant and winner waives any and all claims of liability against the contest sponsors, and their employees and agents, their respective employees and agents, for any personal injury or loss that may occur from the conduct of, or participation in, the contest, or from the use of any prize.

Additional Rules

The contest sponsors are not liable for any lost or stolen entries, prizes or contest information.

The contest sponsors reserve the right to disqualify any participant or winner and may refuse to award any prize to a person who is ineligible or has violated any rule, gained unfair advantage in participating in the contest, or obtained winner status using fraudulent means. The contest sponsors will interpret these rules and resolve any disputes, conflicting claims or ambiguities concerning the rules or the contest and contest sponsor decisions concerning such disputes shall be final. All decisions will be made by the contest sponsors and are final. The contest sponsors may waive any of these rules in their sole discretion.

The contest sponsors reserve the right to withdraw or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.


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