The Contest: What Will You Do for IYL 2015?
Accepting Entries 1 June - 31 July 2014 on Facebook
2015 is the International Year of Light. What will you do to highlight the importance of light and optical technologies in our world? Submit your idea of how you would participate in the International Year of Light (IYL 2015). Three winners will receive $500 each to make their ideas happen.
Submit a video or photo to introduce yourself and your idea. Then, provide a written explanation of your idea in the text box provided.
The possibilities are endless. Maybe you will host an event in your community, or provide optics education supplies to your local school. Maybe you will create a game, mobile app, or video to distribute on the web. Maybe you will build a display for a local museum or art exhibition.
When submitting your idea, please keep the judging criteria in mind. Each idea will be judged by a panel of OSA staff and scientific advisors. We will evaluate your idea for the following:
Alignment. How well does your idea support the goal of IYL by highlighting the importance of light and optical technologies in our world?
Quality. Does your idea correctly and effectively present any scientific information or other facts?
Creativity. Is your idea a creative way to participate in IYL 2015?
Reach. How many people will learn about light and optics as a result of your idea?
Popularity. How many votes did your idea receive during the voting period?
If you win, post a picture of your idea in action on OSA’s Facebook page during 2015.
How to Enter:
Upload your video or photo, along with a written description of your idea, using the simple submission form on The Optical Society’s Facebook page from 1 June – 31 July.
Find our Facebook contest page.
For uploading images - minimum dimensions are 480x480 px. Accepted image file types are: gif, jpg, png, bmp, tif. The file size should be less than 5MB.
For uploading videos – Accepted video file types are: asf, asx, avi, divx, dv, dvx, m4v, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, qt, wmv, 3g2, 3gp, 3ivx, 3vx. File size should be 50MB or less.
Note, you may save a PowerPoint or other slide presentation into a video format for submission
Written descriptions should be in English and not exceed 4000 characters.
Get your friends to vote on Facebook from 1 August – 15 August.
Your submission will be posted to the OSA Facebook page shortly before voting opens.
Full contest rules, terms, and conditions are available below.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open date – 8:00 a.m. EDT on 1 June, 2014
All entries in by – 11:59 p.m. EDT on 31 July, 2014
Voting starts – 10:00 a.m. EDT on 1 August, 2014
All votes in by – 11:59 p.m. EDT on 15 August, 2014
Judging period – 16-31 August 2014
Winners announced – week of 1 September 2014
Contest Rules, Terms and Conditions
RULES: Maximum one entry per person. OSA Membership NOT required to enter or vote. Submissions are approved at the sole discretion of OSA staff. All submissions will be reviewed by OSA before posting to Facebook. Submissions will not be posted to Facebook until voting begins (1 August, 2014). Submissions must be in English. Entrants automatically agree to legal terms and conditions outlined below. Contest winners will be selected at the sole discretion of OSA staff. Contest period is June 1 -July 31, 2014 for submissions and 1 - 15 August 2014 for voting. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT on 15 August. An official voting audit will be conducted after voting ends. Winners will be announced the week of 1 September 2014. Winners must post a photo (on OSA’s Facebook page) showing their idea in action in 2015. Employees of OSA are not eligible to participate.
Applicants to OSA's 2014 Education and Student Chapter Grants are eligible to participate in OSA's IYL Facebook Contest, provided the idea(s) submitted to each are not identical.
LEGAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS: By submitting a response, you grant to OSA a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use your submission, along with your name and likeness, in any and all media for any purpose, without further permission, notice or compensation except where prohibited by law.
You may not use any means to encourage or solicit votes that are, in OSA’s sole discretion, illegal, immoral, false, misleading, unfair, or offensive. Further, you may not promise, or offer a chance at, a monetary or other financial benefit in return for votes.
By submitting a response, you agree to release OSA and its affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, directors, officers, and agents from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever that may be sustained in connection with your participation in the contest or the receipt, ownership, possession, use, or misuse of any prize.
In addition, by submitting a response, you agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless OSA and its subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents and representatives from any and all injuries, loss, claim, action, demand or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the your participation in the contest, including without limitation any third party claim for copyright infringement or a violation of an individual’s right to privacy and/or publicity.
You acknowledge that OSA is not responsible for technical, hardware or software failures, or other errors or problems which may occur in connection with the contest, whether computer, network, technical, mechanical, typographical, printing, human or otherwise, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the administration of the contest, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes, or that may limit prize fulfillment or a participant's ability to enter the contest.
By submitting a response, you agree to release Facebook and its affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, directors, officers, and agents from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with your participation in the contest or the receipt, ownership, possession, use, or misuse of any prize.
You acknowledge that the contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
You further acknowledge that all information disclosed by you as a result of your participation in the content is being disclosed to OSA and not to Facebook.
The contest and distribution of its prizes are void where prohibited by law.
OSA reserves the right to amend these official rules, to disqualify entries that OSA deems to have been obtained in violation of these official rules, and to disqualify permanently from the contest any person it believes has intentionally violated these official rules.