1.  Eligibility:  The CDC Healthy Swimming Video Contest (Contest) is open only to:  residents of the fifty (50) United States (plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa) who are at least thirteen (13) years of age at the time of entry; if the Contestant/Submitter is under eighteen (18) years of age at the time of entry, the Contestant/Submitter must have permission from a parent or guardian. Contestants/Submitters must also have the permission of a parent or guardian of each person under the age of 18 who is seen or heard in the video. Employees and contractors of CDC and HHS are not eligible, nor are their immediate family members. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal laws and regulations. Participation constitutes Contestant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and administrative decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Eligibility for a prize award is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

2.  Competition Submission Period and Other Submission Requirements: Contestants must submit their video between May 16 and July 4, 2011.  Submissions will be published on Challenge.gov as they are received throughout the competition submission period. There is no limit on the number of videos a Contestant may submit; each Contestant must complete and submit the required information on Challenge.gov for each video he or she enters into the Contest. When one video is associated with more than one Contestant, each Contestant must submit the required information on Challenge.gov to enter the video into the Contest.  

3.  Intellectual Property Rights: All videos submitted to the CDC Healthy Swimming Video Contest remain the intellectual property of the individuals who developed them.  However, CDC will have a non-exclusive right to use and show the video(s) for any public health or governmental purpose

4.  Submission Topic/Theme: All submissions must include the following four (4) CDC Healthy Swimming Messages: 

  1. Protect yourself and other swimmers from recreational water illness (RWIs)—illnesses caused by germs that are found in places where we swim.
  2. Chlorine does not kill all germs instantly.                                                 
  3. Never swim when you have/are sick with diarrhea.      
    *This helps prevent germs not easily killed by chlorine from getting into the water.
  4. When swimming, keep water out of your mouth.                                      *Germs in the water can make you sick if you swallow them.  

The Video must also direct people to www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming for more information.

*Statements with an asterisk in front of them do not need to be said on camera, but may be included if you think they will be helpful for the audience to understand the messages.

5.  Judges and Winner Selection:  The submissions will be judged by a qualified panel selected by CDC at its sole discretion. The panel may include epidemiologists, health communicators, local and state health department representatives, and environmental health specialists who work on healthy swimming projects. The panel will judge the Submission on the judging criteria identified in the challenge summary to select the finalists and the winner of the competition. Judges have the right to withdraw without advance notice in the event of circumstances beyond their control. 

6.  Winners and Recognition:  Multiple finalists will be selected by the Judges panel; one winner will be selected from the group of finalists by public vote.  The winner will be announced on July 25th, 2011 on CDC's Healthy Swimming Website and Challenge.gov. One grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize (one-time), provided by the CDC Foundation through support of a public-private partnership. The CDC Foundation will send a check for $1,000 within 4 weeks of receiving a 1-page form completed by the contest winner. No other compensation will be paid to Submitters/Contestants. The winning video will be featured on the CDC YouTube Channel and CDC’s Healthy Swimming Website.

7.  Publicity:  Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes the winner’s consent to the contest’s sponsor’s and its agents’ use of the winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.

8.  Copyright:  Contestant warrants that he or she is the sole author and owner of the Submission, and that the Submission completely originates with the Contestant, that it does not infringe upon any copyright or any other rights of any third party of which Contestant(s) is aware, and is free of malware.

9.  Liability: The Contestant/Submitter shall be liable for, and shall indemnify and hold harmless the Government against, all actions or claims for 1) loss of or damage to property, (including any damage that may result from a virus, malware, etc. to CDC systems utilized to play the video), resulting from the fault, negligence, or wrongful act or omission of the Contestant/Submitter; and 2) any claim, demand, judgment, or other allegation arising from alleged violation of an individual’s trademark, copyright, or other legally protected interest in video’s submitted to CDC.