iModeler Contest Rules

To provide fair and equal chance of winning to all participants in our contests, the following are the official iModeler contest rules.
Note: For general description of our monthly contest, see here.

1. Eligibility – who can join?

All entrants must be registered users of iModeler.

Unless otherwise stated, entrants must be 18 years of age or older.

The contest is open to residents of all countries.
Note: postal or custom restrictions may apply in certain countries outside of North America, Europe, Australia, Japan and New Zealand, see below.

Th editors, other staff and judges of iModeler and their families are prohibited from winning any prizes awarded in our contests.

2. Submitting entries

Participants must submit their entries using the Article posting function at the Headlines page of iModeler.
Note: You must log in to the site to access the posting functionality. Once you do, you will see the “Add new article” button at the top of the Headlines page.

The above procedure is the only way of entering the contest. Entries posted within discussion forum threads in the Groups area, send by e-mail, published with the help of the editorial team will not be considered.

Incomplete or incorrect entries will not be considered and may be removed at the editor’s discretion.

Entries must be posted within the specified contest period.

A participant may submit any number of entries. Multiple articles describing the same model (like in a multipart building blog) will be treated as one entry.

3. Valid entries

Each entry must at least provide three elements:
– a descriptive title,
– suitable text content giving some description of the entrant’s work.
– legible pictures
Other specific entry information may be required, if specified in the contest announcement.

Entries must be self-contained articles. Entries consisting mainly of a link to another site or a post in discussion forum will be disregarded.

Entries must contain photographs of scale model(s) produced by the entrant. By entering the contest, the entrant certifies that all scale models show on the photographs are solely of his/her own making.

In-progress builds are allowed to participate.

Models which have previously been awarded at iModeler will not be considered as potential new contest winners.

Winners of a major iModeler monthly award and title may not be awarded the same title again during the period of 6 months following their win.

Photographs which have previously been posted at iModeler may not be used again in contest entries.

4. User commentary

User commentary and ranking gathered by the competing entries will be considered by the jury.

Entrants are allowed to actively encourage other people to rank and comment on their entries to increase their chance of success.

Entrants are not allowed to produce or induce scam, spam or fake comments. Doing so will disqualify the entrant from the current and all future contests.

The jury has a right to disregard spam comments and comments which are obviously not in par with the qualities or the model on display.

5. Judging

The jury will award a prize if a minimum of 10 entries has been submitted by at least five different participants.

If insufficient number of entries is submitted during any particular contest period, no award will be given for that period and the entries will be automatically included in the next period’s contest.

To select the winner, the jury will consider four factors:
– Quality of the featured model
– Quality of photography
– Quality of the submitted textual description
Users’ commentary
Note: This is an online contest. Obviously, the image of your model is all you have to show it off. Please avoid poor pictures which do not do justice to your work as this may reduce your chance to win.

The jury is appointed by Chief Editor of iModeler.

The jury has a right to disregard any entry for any reason and has a final ruling in all issues related to the contest.

6. Winners

Winners of all contests will be contacted via email address listed in their member profile, and the person replying to the winner announcement email will be considered the winner.

iModeler will mail the contest prize to the supplied address. The recipient of the winner announcement email must supply iModeler with his/her full legal name and mailing address.

Claiming of prizes requires a response from the winning member within 15 days of being notified of winning. Failure to respond shall mean that the winner forfeits the prize. iModeler is not required to award elsewhere any prizes forfeited by the chosen winner(s).

Winners are solely responsible for any taxes and/or fees that may be incurred in their country of residence.

Winners may not request substitutions of prize winnings unless such possibility is explicitly offered in the winner announcement.

Prizes are normally shipped by surface mail. Although every effort is made to secure timely delivery, actual times may vary widely depending on the recipient’s country, particularly if outside North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

iModeler may not assume any responsibility for loss or damage of prize items in delivery.

7. Other

iModeler reserves the right to alter any rules of any contest at anytime.