GreatistYou Contest Official Rules

July 12, 2016


The GreatistYou Contest (the “Contest”) is promoted by Greatist, Inc. (“Greatist”).

Open only to permanent, legal U.S. residents who are physically residing in one (1) of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and other United States territories), and who are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the start date of the Contest. Officers, directors, and employees of Greatist, members of their immediate families and household members are not eligible to enter or win the Contest. Greatist’s determination of eligibility, in its sole discretion, shall be final.


Video Posting:
In order to enter the Contest you will be required to either post a video (a “Video”) on your personal Instagram account or direct message a Video to @greatist at anytime from 8:00 AM Eastern Time on July 12, 2016 until 5:00 PM Eastern Time on July 25, 2016 (the “Initial Contest Period”).  You must include @greatist and the hashtag #greatistyou in the Video post. The Video must describe your specific goal that you wish to achieve for the Contest and be less than sixty (60) seconds in length.  If the Video includes or identifies any other person, you must have obtained the written permission of each such person to be included or identified in the Video. [If you did not take the Video, you must have permission to enter the Video into the Contest.] If any minors appear in the Video, the entrant must be that minor’s parent and/or legal guardian. You may enter once during the Contest Period. Multiple entries received from any person and/or from the same personal Instagram account beyond this limit will void all such additional entries. 

Selected Greatists: 
A panel chosen by Greatist will review all eligible entries posted during the Initial Contest Period and select four persons (the “Selected Greatists”) who entered the Contest based on the following criteria – (i) personality, (ii) social media presence and (iii) specified goal. Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, the Selected Greatists will be announced on or about August 8, 2016 on Greatist’s website at   The determination by this panel of those chosen to be the Selected Greatists shall be made in their sole discretion. Greatist reserves the right to have selected fewer than four Selected Greatists (or none at all) or to extend the Initial Contest Period if the Contest does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries, as determined by Greatist in its sole discretion. 

GreatistYou Challenge:
In order to participate in the Contest each Selected Greatist will be required (i) from August 8, 2016 to September 18, 2016 (inclusive) (the “GreatistYou Challenge Period”) to post about their attempt to achieve their goal a minimum of two times per day on their @greatist[firstname] handle and three times per day on their @greatist[firstname] Snapchat account, and (ii) from September 19, 2016 to September 30, 2016 (inclusive) to post about their results a minimum of three times per week on both Instagram and Snapchat using their @greatist[firstname] handles and using the hashtag #greatistyou (collectively, the “Social Media Requirements”). 

Each Selected Greatist who achieves the goal specified in their Video submission (or any different goal as may be agreed upon with Greatist) during the GreatistYou Challenge Period and who meets the Social Media Requirements, in each case, as determined by Greatist in its sole discretion, will win a cash prize of $1,000. In addition, an extra $1,000 will be awarded to the Selected Greatist Fan Favorite who obtains the highest number of votes by Greatist users via a poll at The winners will be announced on or about September 30, 2016. Winners may be required to complete and where lawful a Publicity/Liability Release.

You warrant that you have the sole and exclusive right to grant Greatist such rights to the Submission and that Greatist’s reproduction, publishing, displaying, and/or other use of the Submissions will not infringe on any rights of third parties, including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, privacy, or publicity, or create claims for defamation, false light, idea misappropriation, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, or breach of contract. 

By participating in the Contest, you grant Greatist the non-exclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable rights to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, adapt, modify, and otherwise exploit the Video and all your postings on Instagram and Snapchat with the hashtag #greatistyou (collectively referred to herein, the “Submissions”), and to incorporate the Submissions in other works in any and all markets and media worldwide in perpetuity. 

All Submissions must be dignified, modest and in good taste, must not be obscene or indecent, including but not limited to containing pornography or profanity, nor contain any offensive or defamatory statements including but not limited to words or symbols that might be considered offensive to individuals of any race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic group, nor include threats to any person, place, business, or group, nor invade privacy or other rights of any person, firm or entity, including, without limitation, any third party trademarks or copyrights, nor portray Greatist or Greatist’s brand or products in any way that might tend to subject any of them to public contempt, scandal, disrepute or ridicule.  Greatist reserves the right to make determinations of suitability in its sole and absolute discretion, and to disqualify any entries it determines to be inappropriate for any of the reasons listed above, or for any other reason.

By participating in the Contest, each entrant agrees for entrant and for entrant’s heirs, executors, and administrators (a) to release and hold harmless Greatist and its officers, directors, employees, representatives, agents, successors and assigns (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, damage or other liability, either at law or equity, whether known or unknown, asserted or non-asserted, that may occur, arise from or in any way relate to, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from such entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or his/her attempt to achieve the goal(s) specified in their Video and/or otherwise; (b) to indemnify Released Parties from any and all liability resulting or arising from the Contest and to hereby acknowledge that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the Contest; (c) if chosen as Selected Greatists, to the posting of such entrant’s name on Greatist’s website and the use by Greatist of such persons’ name, voice, image, and/or likeness for publicity, promotional, and advertising purposes in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval; and (d) to be bound by these Official Rules and to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error therein or in the Contest itself, and to be bound by all decisions of Greatist, which are binding and final. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in disqualification from the Contest at Greatist’s sole discretion. Greatist may, in its sole discretion, require any Selected Greatists to enter into a separate waiver and release in form and substance satisfactory to Greatist.

By participating in the Contest, entrants agree (a) that Greatist and Released Parties are released, will have no liability whatsoever for, and shall be held harmless by entrants against any liability for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind to person(s), including death, or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities, and (b) except where legally prohibited, winners grant (and agree to confirm that grant in writing) permission to Greatist and those acting under its authority the right to the use of his/her name, picture, likeness, persona, voice, image, biographical information and statements, at any time or times, for advertising, trade, publicity and promotional purposes without additional compensation, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide in perpetuity, and on the Internet and World Wide Web, without notice, review or approval, unless prohibited by law. 


Greatist reserve the right to permanently disqualify from any promotion any person they believe has intentionally violated these Official Rules. Any attempt to deliberately damage the Contest or the operation thereof is unlawful and subject to legal action by Greatist, who may seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. The failure of Greatist to comply with any provision of these Official Rules due to an act of God, hurricane, war, fire, riot, earthquake, terrorism, act of public enemies, actions of governmental authorities outside of the control of Greatist (excepting compliance with applicable codes and regulations), or other “force majeure” event will not be considered a breach of these Official Rules. Greatist reserves the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the Contest or any element thereof (including, without limitation, these Official Rules) without notice in any manner and for any reason (including, without limitation, in the event of any unanticipated occurrence that is not fully addressed in these Official Rules). Notice of such cancellation, modification, or suspension will be posted on Greatist’s website. Greatist may prohibit any entrant or potential entrant from participating in the Contest, if such entrant or potential entrant shows a disregard for these Official Rules; acts with an intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other entrant, Greatist, or Greatist’s agents or representatives; or behaves in any other disruptive manner (as determined by Greatist in its sole discretion). Greatist reserves the right to modify these rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest.

Any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Contest shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. This Contest shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, regardless of conflicts of laws principles. Any action or litigation concerning this Contest shall take place exclusively in the federal or state courts sitting in New York County, New York, and each contestant expressly consents to the jurisdiction of and venue in such courts and waives all defenses of lack of jurisdiction and inconvenient forum with respect to such courts. Each contestant agrees to service of process by mail or other method acceptable under the laws of the State of New York. ANY CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND/OR AWARDS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ENTERING THIS CONTEST. ENTRANTS HEREBY WAIVES ANY RIGHTS OR CLAIMS TO ATTORNEY’S FEES, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ENTRANT, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR NOT AND WHETHER BASED ON NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE.
This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and shall be void where prohibited or restricted by law.

This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Snapchat.  By entering this Contest, entrants fully release Instagram and Snapchat from any liability.  

Please direct any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Contest to Greatist at 30 Vandam Street, Third Floor, New York, New York 10013.