Contest Terms & Conditions


This free Competition will run from 8 December 2015 to 29 February 2016. All entries must be submitted before 1 March, 2016.

The Competition is open to all participants aged 18 or over. The competition is not open to employees of Oceanwide Expeditions, or anyone connected with the competition, or their families. Only one entry per named entrant and Facebook address will be accepted. Any and all personal details provided must be true and accurate.

To access the Contest, you must submit one (1) entry on by completing the entry form provided and clicking “Create profile”

FIVE (5) winners will be chosen. Grand Prize winner will receive a 31-day cruise to Ross Sea Antarctica (the approximate value of the Grand Prize is $25,700 (based on one (1) person in a shared quadruple porthole), the 2nd prize winner will receive $500 vouchers for Oceanwide Expeditions (valid till 31-12-2017), 3 runners up will each receive a $250 gift voucher for Oceanwide Expeditions (valid till 31-12-2017).

Oceanwide Expeditions will pay for the Ross Sea cruise for the grand prize winner. The grand prize winner is responsible for ensuring that he/she hold a valid passport and any necessary visas or other necessary travel documentation for the trip in question. Expenses not specifically included in the Prize description and any applicable taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. Unless otherwise stated, insurance and travel to and from airports and flights are excluded. 

We retain the right to substitute the prizes with another prize of similar value in the rare event that the original prize offered is not available.

Prizes are non-exchangeable, non-transferable and have to be used by the registered prize winners. No cash alternative is available and a winner and runner up can only win one (1) prize.

Failure to claim a gift, prize or other promotional item by the time or in the manner specified for the particular promotion will make any claim invalid. No responsibility is accepted for entries damaged, lost or mislaid and proof of posting will not be accepted as proof of delivery. No applications will be accepted by agents, in bulk or from third parties.

All work submitted must be an original work. We will accept photos/videos taken only by you and joint submissions are not allowed. If you submit a photo/video of you taken by someone else, you must have their consent to use the picture/video that you submit. As such, you are required to comply with all U.S. and international copyright laws, any and all laws regarding intellectual property and you will indemnify Oceanwide Expeditions and its affiliates for any violations in connection with the footage submitted.

By submitting an entry to the Competition, You grant Oceanwide Expeditions:
a. Permission for your entry to be published on Oceanwide Expeditions' website and you grant Oceanwide Expeditions a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual license (with a right to sub-license) to use, republish, edit and/or modify your Competition entry in any/all media (including in electronic format, hard copy and in publications) and
b. Permission to send our e-mail newsletter on a weekly basis. You can opt-out any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in every e-mail.
c. The right to use your name and county of residence for the sole purpose of identifying you as the author of your entry and/or as a winner of the Competition.

By entering, entrants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if the entrant wins that Authorized Parties may use the winning profiles and each winner's name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except where prohibited by law).

You also hereby waive all your moral rights in your entry. Notwithstanding the afore-going waiver, in order to use entries as intended and advised in these Terms and Conditions, (i) Oceanwide Expeditions may need to modify entries, including but not limited to resizing, cropping or color adjustment as necessary, provided that Oceanwide Expeditions shall endeavor in undertaking such modifications to maintain the integrity of your entry as originally created; and Oceanwide Expeditions shall provide a picture credit for all entries.

We take no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt. 

Damaged, defaced, incomplete, corrupted, or defaced entries will be disqualified. Where Contest entry is electronic, each Entry submission must be entered by the individual entrant; automated and/or repetitive electronic submission of entries (including but not limited to Entries made using any script, macro, bot or Contest service) will be disqualified and transmissions from these or related email or IP addresses may be blocked.Contestants shall not enter multiple times or vote for their own entry with a fake Facebook account. Fraudulent activities will be monitored and will lead to exclusion. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify contestants and is not required to provide any explanation for the exclusion.

Copyrighted, obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. We reserve the right to reject any photos/videos/entries which we, in our sole and absolute discretion, deem offensive, violative of law or unsuitable in any other manner. Oceanwide Expeditions is not required to provide any explanation for the rejection. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to disqualify any individual: suspected of tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; or acting in any manner deemed by us to be in violation of the Contest Rules and /or unsportsmanlike or disruptive behaviour, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to amend or withdraw the Competition in the event of any unforeseen circumstances outside their reasonable control and/or vary competition rules at any time without prior notice. 

Oceanwide Expeditions accepts no responsibility for difficulties experienced in submitting an entry to this Competition.

Oceanwide Expeditions accepts no responsibility for personal injury because of your participation to this competition.

Winners will be notified by email and on the Oceanwide Expeditions Facebook page.

Five (5) final contestants will be chosen. The voters will choose three (3) entries based on vote count from all the valid Competition entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. One (1) entries will be chosen by Oceanwide Expeditions based on creativity of the entry submitted. One (1) entry will be drawn from all entries with at least 20 votes. Oceanwide Expeditions will at its sole discretion decide which fourth and fifth contestant will be selected as final contestants in Oceanwide Expeditions Ross Sea Contest.

Final contestants will have an equal 20% chance of winning the 1st prize. The winner will be drawn from the five final contestants.

Oceanwide Expeditions shall not be liable for health risks associated with the participant's participation. Each participant is obliged to judge for him/herself whether or not the state of his/her health is adequate for participation in the Ross Sea Expedition, if necessary, after having consulted a medical doctor.

The Judges decision of who the Winner is will be final at the moment the final round dates end. If the Overall Winner does not respond to Oceanwide Expeditions within 14 days of being notified by Oceanwide Expeditions of their win, then the Overall Prize will be forfeited and an Oceanwide Expeditions Judge shall be entitled to select another winner who had the next highest vote.

If a winner rejects the Overall Prize or the entry is invalid or in breach of these terms, then the winner's prize will be forfeited and the Judge shall be entitled to select another winner using the process referred to above.

The entries will be judged in accordance with the Judging Criteria, as defined below. Judging consists of two (2) rounds of evaluation. In round one the Judge (“Judge”) will select two (2) entries from among all eligible entries based on the following criteria (“Judging Criteria”): One (1) entry based on creativity; One (1) entry will be drawn from all contestants with at least 20 votes. The entries selected in round one will proceed to round two. In round two, the winter will be drawn by the judge from the five final contestants (final contestants will have an equal 20% chance of winning the 1st prize). Winners will be chosen early to mid-March and will be notified by e-mail and Facebook. 

The competition will be judged by Matt Schwachofer, marketing manager of Oceanwide Expeditions. The Judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, conduct or the results of a competition the decision of the Judge will be final too.

By submitting a vote to the Competition, You grant Oceanwide Expeditions permission to send our e-mail newsletter on a weekly basis. You can opt-out any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in every e-mail.

The Contest Organizer reserves the right to amend the Terms and Conditions of the Contest at any time without giving any prior notice to any party.

The Promoter of the Competition is Oceanwide Expeditions whose address is Bellamypark 9, 4381 CG Vlissingen, The Netherlands. Any complaints regarding the Competition should be sent to this address.

Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall exclude the liability of Oceanwide Expeditions for personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence.

Oceanwide Expeditions accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Competition or accepting any prize. Oceanwide Expeditions further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to you or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Competition. 

Any entrant misusing our website by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful, or attacking the our website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack, or attempting to gain unauthorised access to our website, the server on which our website is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our website commits a criminal offence. In addition, such an entrant breaches civil law and we reserve the right to seek compensation (including but not limited to, legal fees) from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.

In entering the contest you subject yourself to the Legal Terms and Conditions. By submitting an entry or vote to the Contest, you are deemed to have reviewed, read and accepted these Terms and Conditions.

The Competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by the laws of the Netherland and entrants to the Competition submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Dutch courts.