In order to be eligible for the CNN Heroes Awards Program (the "Awards Program"), nominees must be at least thirteen (13) years of age or older as of January 1, 2009 and some portion of nominee’s activities must have taken place on January 1, 2009 or be ongoing, and nominees can not have previously been selected as a CNN Hero Finalist or Winner ("Eligible Nominees"). People submitting nominations ("Nominator(s)") must be at least thirteen (13) years of age as of January 1, 2009. The Awards Program is open to Eligible Nominees worldwide except for those legally residing in a Voided Country (defined below). In addition to those countries set forth on the list below, the Awards Program is also void in those countries where the Awards Program, its mechanisms, its Terms and Conditions and/or its awards or any part(s) of them are prohibited by any applicable law, regulation, guideline or ordinance ("Voided Country").
CNN may determine in its sole discretion at any time during the Awards Program that a country is a Voided Country. At any time at, CNN's discretion, a Nominee may be deemed ineligible for nomination or participation in the Program, be deemed ineligible to receive a monetary prize under the Program or have the monetary prize otherwise due such person as part of the Program (if any) donated to a charitable organization selected by CNN in its sole discretion.
Employees and immediate family members of Time Warner, Inc. and its subsidiaries and sponsors of the Awards Program as well as advertising and promotional agencies directly involved in the Awards Program (the "Awards Program Entities") are not eligible to participate in the Awards Program or submit nominations. Cable News Network, Inc. ("CNN") and the sponsors of the Awards Program shall herein be collectively referred to as the "Sponsors".
To submit your nomination for the Awards Program log on to www.cnn.com/heroes
and fill out the submission form providing all required contact information for you and your nominee. Nomination MUST be submitted online. Mail-in nominations will not be accepted. Nominations may be submitted beginning January 1, 2009 and must be received no later than 12:00:00 PM Pacific Standard Time August 1, 2009.
Nominations must be submitted in either English or Spanish only. Nominations may only be submitted in the name of a single person; group nominations are not acceptable. False or deceptive nominations or acts may render a nominee ineligible. All nominations become the property of CNN and will not be returned. CNN reserves the right to edit the nomination as it sees fit for use in publication or promotion. By submitting a nomination you agree to
grant Sponsors the right without obligation, unless prohibited by law, to use the contents of your nomination, your name, voice, picture and likeness, without compensation, for the purpose of advertising and publicizing all matters related to the Awards Program and/or the Sponsors in any medium, throughout the world in perpetuity.
Nominees may be contacted to provide additional information and have their information verified. CNN reserves the right to request and require additional information from nominees in order to have their nomination considered.
located at www.cnn.com/privacy, the collection, storage, and use of your data will be subject to U.S. laws and regulations, which may be different from the laws and regulations of your home country. By registering for this program, you are consenting to this collection, storage, and use.
Submissions will be judged by CNN and its panel of chosen judges ("Judges") from among all eligible nominations received. If more than one nomination is received for a particular nominee, CNN, in its sole discretion may consider any of the nominations for that individual in its judging.
• In the first round, the Judges will narrow the nominees down to approximately 20. CNN reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to select fewer or more Eligible Nominees for the first round.
• An independent panel of Blue Ribbon judges will perform the next round of selections. They will select ten (10) potential finalists (the "Finalists") and one (1) alternate (the "Alternate") from the Nominations provided from the first round of judging. CNN will make the final determination as to actual Finalists. Being chosen as an Alternate does not entitle Nominee to an Award.
• The final round of judging will be done by an online viewer vote conducted on www.cnn.com/heroes
. Viewers will have the chance to vote in an online poll for the Finalist whose accomplishment, impact and story best exemplifies a CNN Hero. The Nominee who collects the most votes will be the winner (the "Winner"). The Winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony.
Please note that even if a Finalist may appear to be a leader or Winner online during the online voting, that Finalist has not yet been declared the Winner. CNN shall declare all official Winners. All Finalists are subject to verification by CNN and must meet all eligibility requirements including the execution and return of all necessary releases, or they may be disqualified. The decisions of the Judges will be final and binding. Whether a nominator is identified and which nominator is identified, if there are multiple nominations for one individual, is in the sole discretion of CNN.
Notification and Publication
Some nominees may be notified by phone, email, or postal service
and may be required to submit additional information. At the sole discretion of CNN, Finalists may be asked to attend the awards ceremony ("Awards Ceremony"). If asked to attend the Awards Ceremony, Finalists will be responsible for obtaining all proper documentation (e.g., Visa, Passport) prior to travel. Whether or not compensation will be provided for any portion of such travel will be in CNN’s sole discretion. A Nominee may be disqualified at CNN's discretion if he/she chooses not to or is unable to attend the Awards Ceremony.
Finalists and any nominee to be featured online or on-air may be required to sign an affidavit verifying their eligibility in this Awards Program including, but not limited to, liability releases, tax acknowledgment forms and, except where prohibited by law, use of name and likeness releases ("Release Documents") and return such documents within seven (7) days of issuance of notification. Execution of the Finalist Documents will grant Sponsors the right, unless prohibited by law, to use the Finalists’ names, voices, likenesses, and any of the material provided by them or about them without compensation, for the purpose of advertising and publicizing the services of the Sponsors, all matters related to the Awards Program and the Awards Ceremony in any medium, throughout the world in perpetuity. Notification and/or the featuring of a nominee in no way conveys that a particular Nominee has or will be selected as a Winner. If at any point a Nominee becomes ineligible, chooses not to participate in the Awards Program or is disqualified for any reason, CNN reserves the right to select an alternate Nominee.
• 10 Finalists: Each Finalist will receive Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00)
• 1 Winner: The Winner will receive One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00)
Finalists and Winner are responsible for the reporting and payment of all taxes as well as any other costs and expenses associated with acceptance and use of an award not specified herein as being awarded. A Finalist or Winner who is a United States citizen or resident must properly complete Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-9 and provide to CNN prior to receiving an award. Payments to Finalists or Winners who are not US citizens or residents may be subject to a US withholding tax, which may be as much as 30% of the award. Additional documents may also be required prior to the provision of any award, including but not limited to IRS Form W-8BEN in the case of Finalists or Winners who are not US citizens or residents. Please consult your tax advisor regarding the taxation of your award since special rules may apply.
If, for any reason, the Awards Program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsors which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Awards Program, CNN reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Awards Program. Sponsors assume no responsibility for any error, omissions, interruption, deletion, defect or delay in operation with transmission, communications, line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or allegation of submissions. Sponsors are not responsible for any problem or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, equipment or software, failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, phone lines, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to a participant's computer related to or resulting from participation in this Contest. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PARTICIPANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE AWARDS PROGRAM IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSORS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Sponsors are not responsible for any late, lost, garbled, misdirected, incomplete, or damaged entries; any disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of Sponsors; or any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Awards Program. The Awards Program Entities are not in any way responsible or liable for the use of the funds donated or for any damage, loss or injury (including death) resulting from participation in the Awards Program and/or acceptance and use of any awards won.
South Pacific Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Pacific Islands Trust
Papua New Guinea
And all countries currently under sanction by the OFAC. Please note that the list of sanctioned countries can change at any time, however, a current list can always be located at http://www.treas.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac/programs/
As of 12/4/08, the list of OFAC sanctioned countries is:
DR of the Congo
Liberia (the former regime of Charles Taylor)