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2017 Competitor Registration

Competitor Agreement

Thank you for agreeing to participate in the World Food Championships. This Agreement shall constitute an agreement between You and the World Food Championships, its agents, assignees, licensors and benefactors (collectively the “WFC”) and shall govern your participation in the WFC. By checking the box that appears beneath this Agreement when registering, you electronically sign this Agreement and agree to be legally bound by all of the terms, conditions and notices contained or referenced herein. 

The WFC is a series of events that will be held from November 8, 2016 through November 14, 2017 in Orange Beach, AL (hereinafter singularly or collectively the “WFC Event”). The WFC Event shall include but not be limited to cooking competitions in predetermined categories of competition (hereinafter “WFC Categories”), as well as consumer events related to the WFC Categories. The WFC may add or discontinue any of the WFC Categories at any time. It is understood that the WFC may film, document, record, or transcribe the WFC Event and the WFC may develop, author, or produce content based on the WFC Event or the WFC Categories (hereinafter "WFC Content"). 

You have agreed to participate in one or more WFC Event. You agree to be bound by the terms, conditions, and rules of participation as detailed in this Agreement, posted on the website of the WFC (www.worldfoodchampionships.com), and disseminated to You by the WFC, whether by mail, e-mail, online, or in person. The WFC assumes no responsibility for accidents, illnesses, disabilities, monetary loses or any other loses incurred by You during the WFC Event, or during travel to or from the WFC Event. Your participation is conditioned on your adherence to these terms, conditions, and rules. The WFC may revoke your right to participate in the WFC Event at any time, subject to the return of any entrance fee or partial deposit, less any service fee, if applicable. The WFC Event also reserves the right to deny any person the right to register as a competitor. Canadian and Polish citizens are not allowed to register through the WFC Event BBQ open Registration due to exclusive agreements with Canada and Poland. 

As a material term of condition for participating in the WFC Event, You agree to provide the WFC with a minimum of one (1) recipe per contest, demo, or event that you participate in (hereinafter “Materials”). You will retain copyright and ownership in any Materials. However, You hereby grant the WFC irrevocable royalty-free permission to use Materials in any and all media in perpetuity throughout the world, including but not limited to motion picture, television, book publication, merchandising, testimonials, advertising, infomercials, commercial tie-ups, product licensing, online and interactive media, or any other technology now in existence or hereafter utilized. When reasonably possible, You will be afforded credit for any use of Materials, but You will not receive any additional form of compensation or consideration. You hereby waive any droit moral rights in and to the Materials. Nothing herein guarantees that Materials will be used in any manner. 

As a qualifier/participant into the WFC, you hereby consent to the non-exclusive use of your name, likeness, presence, presentation, and performance in connection with the WFC Event or the WFC Content, in any and all forms of media, whether related to a promotional or marketing effort or a for-profit endeavor undertaken by the WFC. Such usage shall only be in direct connection with the WFC Event or in connection with the publication, distribution or other exploitation of the WFC Content. Any competitor who registers during the Open Registration period and later wins a Preferred Qualifying event where the entry fee is waived, will forfeit their Open Registration spot and his/her entry fee will be reimbursed. 

As a category finalist, winner, or Final Table participant, you will be compensated through the appropriate WFC prize purse and, as a result, hereby consent to the exclusive use of your name, likeness, presence, presentation, and performance in connection with the WFC Event or the WFC Content, in any and all forms of media, whether related to a promotional or marketing effort or a for-profit endeavor undertaken by the WFC. Such usage shall only be in direct connection with the WFC Event or in connection with the publication, distribution or other exploitation of the WFC Content and/or its partners and sponsors. 

To receive prize money and advance to category finals or event finals, participant agrees both to this waiver of release and a personal services/representation agreement specific to WFC materials and promotion. Participant agrees to participate in any and all forms of media and promotion, whether related to a promotional or marketing effort or a for-profit endeavor undertaken by the WFC. Such personal services shall only be in direct connection with the WFC Event or in connection with the publication, distribution, or exploitation of the WFC Content and/or its partners and sponsors. The category finalist product entry recipe will become the property of the WFC for usage though publication, distribution, or other exploitation.

You hereby grant the WFC the right to record Your name, likeness, image, voice, sound effects, interview, and performance on film, tape, or otherwise (the "Recording"), and edit such Recording as the WFC or any third party licensee of the WFC may desire. You hereby grant the WFC the permission and right to use or authorize the use of the Recording or any portions thereof in all markets, manner, formats, and media, whether now known or hereafter developed, throughout the world, in perpetuity. If the WFC is required to provide any further release or permission from You for the use of the Recording, You agree to provide such release within two (2) weeks of receipt of a request for permission. 

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the WFC and its directors, officers, managers, staff members, volunteers, agents, licensees, and any seller from and against all losses, expenses, damages, and costs, including reasonable attorney’s fees, resulting from any violation of this Agreement, or the failure to fulfill any obligations relating to your participation in the WFC Events, incurred by You. 

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Alabama. Should any provision of this Agreement be void or unenforceable for any reason, such provision shall be deemed omitted and this Agreement with such provision omitted shall remain in full force and effect. This represents the complete agreement between us. The WFC reserves the right to modify this Agreement at any time, in which case the WFC will make an online announcement on its website and contact You by e-mail, if a valid e-mail address is provided and is still active at the time of notice, which will be deemed sufficient notice.