Aster Media Awards 2016

Rules

Please note by submitting your entry, you confirm that you have read and agree with the below rules.

  • The Competition is open to Indian professional journalists, whether directly employed or freelancers, working in the continent of India and Gulf Countries in the Middle East, who have produced a story which has been made available as a printed publication or broadcast through an electronic medium (television; radio or digital platform) whose primary audience are based in India and the Middle East.
  • All entrants must be an Indian National or a GCC Resident or National and be at least eighteen years of age.
  • No entry fee is applicable or payable.
  • Employees and their immediate families of Aster DM Healthcare and its Award Committee Members, and their respective parent companies, group companies, subsidiary companies and agencies are not eligible to participate in the competition.
  • Each entry must have been first published or broadcast in Indian or GCC / International media in the calendar year 2015. Proof of publication must be submitted with your entry.
  • The Competition is held in all Indian languages except Malayalam for the National award. It will be held in Malayalam for the Kerala State – Regional Media Award and in Arabic or English or Regional Language for the UAE Award. Entries in regional languages for National and International Award Category must be accompanied by full English translation; subtitles or transcript.
  • Applicants are strictly limited to a maximum of two entries across all categories of the Competition.
  • In the event of entrants submitting a series of articles, or body of work, this will count as one entry. However, the entrant must select a minimum of 2 stories that best reflects their work and the content of the series. Sending less than 2 stories from the one series may lead to the entire entry being disqualified.
  • Entries should be made in accordance with the instructions given on the “Entry Form” and must be submitted on, or before, March 15, 2016. After the application date, the entries will be closed for submissions.
  • Application can either be filed by the applicants directly through the proper channel complying the formalities or can be nominated by third party as Nominator, disclosing the complete identity of the Nominator following the Rules and Regulations and through the proper channel with a duly filled Application Form.
  • Supporting documents for the entry are also to be submitted with the entry.
  • Late, incomplete, illegible and/or fraudulent entries or acts or any other entries or acts which bring or would be likely to bring the reputation of Aster DM Healthcare Group into disrepute shall render the entrant ineligible to participate in the Competition and will be disqualified.
  • You will grant Aster DM Healthcare Award Committee and its Partners/Agencies unrestricted, unfettered and irrevocable non-exclusive rights in all works submitted for entry into the Competition (or where such rights are owned by a third party, you shall procure that such third party grants such rights) for Aster DM Healthcare Award Committee and its partners/agencies to use such works in any way it determines in its sole discretion.
  • The Competition will be judged by a panel of distinguished, independent judges with appropriate knowledge and experience of journalistic practices in India. The panel of judges will be determined by Aster DM Healthcare Award Committee in its sole discretion. Panel members cannot vote or comment on work entered by their organisation, employees or family members.
  • Should the quality of entries fall below the standard required, the judges reserve the right not to select a finalist.
  • The judges reserve the right to transfer entries for consideration in other categories at their discretion.
  • The judges uphold the integrity and reputation of the Aster Media Awards 2016 competition and, as such, reserve the right to disqualify any piece of work and/or finalist if, in the judges' opinion, there exists reasonable doubt about the authenticity and/or accuracy of the submitted entry and/or the integrity of the finalists.
  • The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Categories of the awards may be subject to change, with Public Announcement by the Authorized Officials.
  • The winners remain confidential from everyone, until the final announcement.
  • Finalists will be required to sign affidavits of eligibility, confirming amongst other things copyright clearance of all material used in the story and identifying Aster DM Healthcare Award Committee and its partners/agencies accordingly, and containing releases granting Aster DM Healthcare Award Committee and its partners/agencies, the right to use their names, voices, pictures and work submitted, without compensation, in any media for the purposes of advertising/public relations, and publicizing all matters related to the competition.
  • You hereby consent that Aster DM Healthcare Award Committee and its partners/agencies may share the information you provide with the distinguished organisations that support the competition.
  • Journalists selected by the panel of judges will be taken to a finalists' programme. Aster DM Healthcare shall pay for and arrange all flights, transportation, accommodation and scheduled meals. However, all other costs (apart from those highlighted herein and unless advised by Aster DM Healthcare Award Committee) shall be each finalist's sole responsibility. Finalists will be expected to be available for the duration of the programme and participate fully in the calendar of events which are expected to take place on those dates as advised by Aster DM Healthcare Award Committee.
  • Depending on the quality of entries, 3 prizes will be awarded, one in each of the categories listed in this entry form.
  • Aster DM Healthcare reserves the right to substitute any prizes, of reasonably comparable value, in the event that the award prizes for any reason are unavailable. Prizes are non-transferable.
  • Aster DM Healthcare disclaims any liability for loss to any person or property relating to the delivery and/or subsequent use of, or participation in, any of the prizes awarded. The promoter is Aster. Complete list of the of finalists and winners shall be published on www.astermediaawards.com and shall be communicated to the public by the Jury and the Aster Media Award Committee at appropriate time.
  • Aster DM Healthcare Award Committee, has the right to refuse entries not complying with the above rules. Jury’s and Aster DM Healthcare Award Committee’s decision as to eligibility of journalists and/or individual entries not complying with the above rules will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The Competition shall be covered and construed with the laws of India and UAE region respectively.
  • You acknowledge that this is only a Competition and the awarding of any prize does not give rise to an employment, agency or joint venture relationship or arrangement between you and Aster DM Healthcare.
  • By submitting your entry, you confirm that you have read and agree with these rules.