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Terms and Conditions

  • The BBC's code of conduct for competitions applies to this competition. You can read more about it here: BBC Competitions Policy.
  • This competition is open to individuals or groups in the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), except BBC employees or those of its affiliates and their close relatives or any person connected to the competition. If entrants are under 16, their parent or guardian must consent to their entry and indicate this consent on the entry form to confirm that the entrant has complied with these terms and conditions. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.
  • Entrants must create an inventive contraption which could be a labour-saving device, maybe one that wakes up Wallace or moves an object from A to B and create a video showcasing the working creation. Further information is available at www.bbc.co.uk/wallaceandgromit/competition.
  • The competition launches on 28 October 2010. Entries received before this date will not be considered.
  • Entries must be submitted either:

    - via the uploader on the Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention website www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone/wallaceandgromit. The maximum file size that the uploader can accept is 65MB.

    • The uploader can accept the following file types: wmv; .avi; .mp4; .mov; .3gp.
    • If you have any technical problems with uploading your film, please contact the Wallace and Gromit team by emailing wallaceandgromit@bbc.co.uk

    - or by post to :

    Wallace & Gromit Competition
    MC3 A1, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TS, accompanied by a completed application form.

  • Entrants must also complete the online entry form as part of the upload process. The BBC will only use personal details for the purposes of administering this competition. Please see the BBC's Privacy Policy.
  • Closing date for entries is 12th December 2010. Submissions received after this time will not be considered, so please do not wait until the last minute to upload your entry. Entries will not be returned so please remember to keep a copy.
  • Only one entry per individual or group is permitted. If you submit as part of a group you will not be eligible to submit an individual entry. If you submit an entry as an individual you will not be eligible to submit as part of a group. This shall not prevent different classes or years from the same school to submit separate entries.
  • Entries must be no longer than 3 minutes in length in total, including any titles and credits.
  • Entries must be completely original and entirely the entrants own work. Entrants must be responsible for all of the creative ideas and entrants must do all their own filming and editing.
  • If you would like to include music in your entry, you must only use music which has been written and performed by you. You must not use music which has been recorded commercially by other people (e.g. that is on a CD or has been downloaded from the internet).
  • Branded products should not feature in the entry.
  • Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive or any other unsuitable material. Entries must be suitable to be broadcast by the BBC to audiences of all ages.
  • If the entry features any people other than the entrant, they should be aware they were being filmed and permission should be obtained from all involved for the entry to be submitted in the competition (or their parents/guardians if under 16).
  • The BBC accepts no liability if entrants ignore these rules and entrants agree to indemnify fully the BBC against any claims by any third party arising from any breach of these rules.
  • A selection of entries may be posted on bbc.co.uk/wallaceandgromit throughout the competition. This will not be a part of, or have any influence on, the judging process. The name of the contraption, the first name of individuals entering or the name of the group and general location will be published with each video that is published on the website.
  • Entrants should be aware that in disclosing information regarding their idea to the BBC, they may loose the ability to patent the idea in the future as patents will not be granted for anything that has already been made public. If entrants believe that their idea is patentable, they should take independent legal advice before entering this competition. Further information can be found at the UK Intellectual Property Office website.
  • Entrants retain the copyright in their entry but grant to the BBC a non-exclusive licence to broadcast the entry across all media including any online platforms and use on bbc.co.uk.
  • Entrants permit the BBC to edit or change entries in any way it may in its sole discretion consider necessary for the purposes of use in the competition and the broadcasting thereof.
  • By entering the competition, entrants warrant that they have legal capacity to enter the competition and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • Individual entrants under 16 and those forming part of a group entry must seek approval from a parent or guardian as a condition of entry. If, after making reasonable attempts, the BBC cannot confirm with the parent or guardian that consent has been granted the entry will be disqualified.
  • Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Inventiveness,
    • Surprise,
    • Humour,
    • Scale,
    • Ingenuity, and
    • Demonstration of scientific know-how.
  • Entries will be judged through the following process:
    • All entries will be viewed by the BBC and judged using the above criteria. A list of the top 100 entries will be created.
    • These 100 entries will be viewed and scored using the criteria above by Aardman's community team. A list of the top 25 entries will be created.
    • From the 25 shortlisted, Nick Park, Merlin Crossingham and Dave Sproxton from Aardman and a senior member of BBC staff will choose a winner and two runners up.
  • If the winner or runners up cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, the BBC reserves the right to offer the prize to the next best entry.
  • The winner, if an individual, will be awarded with a likeness of themselves or their contraption in a future Aardman production. If a group entry wins, the prize will be a likeness of the contraption featuring in a future production.
  • The winner grants all necessary rights and licences to enable Aardman to create the likeness of the contraption.
  • The two runners up will receive T-shirts signed by Nick Park.
  • Entrants must agree to take part in any post-competition publicity if required.
  • The BBC's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • The BBC reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these Terms and Conditions or to withhold or withdraw a prize if in its opinion entries do not reach the required standard.
  • The BBC reserves the right to cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside its control. In this event, a notice will be posted on the Wallace and Gromit website.
  • The BBC reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any stage, including changing or substituting the prize. In this event, a notice will be posted on the Wallace and Gromit website.
  • The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any server, Internet access, system or otherwise which may result in any entry being lost or not properly registered or recorded. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.
  • These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

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