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Pets on Vacation Photo Contest

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It’s Pet Appreciation week!

  We’re giving you one more way to show your furry friend just how much you love them with the Pets on Vacation Photo Contest! Between June 8, 2015 and June 14, 2015, enter the Southwest Airlines® Pets on Vacation Photo Contest by submitting an original photo of your pet on vacation via Facebook. Entries must be posted to the Official Southwest Airlines Facebook page in the comments section of the original contest post, and use the hashtag #Contest. One lucky winner will receive two roundtrip airfare tickets on Southwest Airlines, a Southwest Airlines pet carrier, a $100 PetSmart® gift card, and a roundtrip Pet Fare* in the form of a $200 Southwest® gift card so your small dog or cat can travel with you.

Ready to join the fun? Enter for a chance to win:

  1. ”Like” Southwest Airlines on Facebook.
  2. Between June 8, 2015 and June 14, 2015, post an original photo of your pet on vacation to the comments section of the contest posts on the Official Southwest Airlines Facebook page.  Use the hashtag #Contest.
A panel of judges will evaluate each photo and select a winner based on creativity, originality, entertainment-value, Southwest appeal, and compliance with the official rules.

Don’t have a Facebook account? No worries!

Dog-on-beach__blog-400x400 You can sign up today and “like” us at In doing so, you acknowledge that this Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by or associated with Facebook. Photos on other social networks are welcomed and appreciated, but will not be eligible for contest participation.    

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.  Void in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and where prohibited or restricted by law.  Must be a legal U.S. resident and 21 years or older to enter. *For travel on Southwest Airlines, In-Cabin Pet Restrictions apply.  Enter by 6/14.  Sponsor: Southwest Airlines Co., 2702 Love Field Dr., Dallas, TX 75235. 





1.  Eligibility Restrictions

a. This Contest is open to all legal residents who are 21 years of age or older and have a valid e-mail address and Facebook account as of June 14, 2015.   Eligibility is limited to the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, excluding Puerto Rico.  Employees of Southwest Airlines Co. (“Sponsor”) and the members of their immediate families (spouse and parents, children and siblings and their spouses) and individuals living in the same households of such employees are ineligible to enter or win.  The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

b. Only one winner per household is permitted during the Contest Period.  Any person found using multiple Facebook accounts to enter the Contest will be disqualified.

c. Entrants are required to provide truthful information and Sponsor will reject and delete any entry that it discovers to be false or fraudulent.  Sponsor will disqualify any entry from individuals who do not meet the eligibility requirements, and Sponsor will also delete any entry received from persons under the age of 13 in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

2. How to Enter the Contest

a. Southwest Airlines Pets on Vacation Photo Contest (“Contest”) will begin at 10 a.m. CT on June 8, 2015 and end at 10 p.m. CT on June 14, 2015 (“Contest Period”).

b. To enter the Contest, potential entrants must “like” Southwest Airlines on Facebook via the Official Southwest Airlines page.

c. To participate in the Contest, post an original photo of your pet on vacation via your Facebook account during the Contest Period. Entries must be posted to the Official Southwest Airlines Facebook page in the comments section of the original contest posts, and use the hashtag #Contest.

Entries submitted will not be acknowledged or returned. By entering, Entrant grants Sponsor an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, freely transferable license to use the photo for all purposes, in any and all media, whether now known or hereafter devised. Photos must be originals and not be copied.  Entries may not violate any third party rights nor use any third-party intellectual property such as logos or background signs.  Entrants acknowledge and agree that their entry does not violate any rights of privacy or publicity and that they have the written permission of those appearing in their photo to submit their image.  Entries must not disparage; contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, or vulgar; or promote bigotry, racism, hatred or discrimination based on race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.  Use of any device to automate entry is prohibited.  Proof of submission of an entry shall not be deemed proof of receipt by Sponsor.  Sponsor’s computer is the official time keeping device for the Contest.  Sponsor is not responsible for entries not received due to difficulty accessing the Internet, service outage or delays, computer difficulties or other technological glitches.  By entering this Contest, you agree to abide by these Official Rules and acknowledge that this Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by or associated with Facebook.

3.   Selection of Winner

This is a contest of skill. Your chances of winning depend on how well your entry reflects the judging criteria, as compared to the other entries in the Contest.

Judging will be based on the following qualities:

*Creativity and Originality: 20%

*Entertaining: 25%

*Southwest Appeal (photo should reflect fun Culture and Fun-LUVing Attitude): 35%

*Rules (must have read and complied with the Official Rules): 20%.

a. Based on the above criteria, the top Pets on Vacation Photo Contest submissions will be selected by a panel of judges provided by Sponsor on or about June 24, 2015. Entrants need not be present to win. Decisions of the judges are final. In the event of a tie, the submission with the highest score in the Southwest Appeal category will win.

b. Sponsor will notify potential winner via Facebook. The potential winner will be asked to contact Sponsor with a given e-mail address provided via Facebook. Once potential winner and Sponsor make e-mail contact, Sponsor will provide a photo for the potential winner to upload to the Facebook account the user uploaded the photo with in order to validate their account. Upon validation, potential winner must execute and return any required affidavit of eligibility and/or liability/publicity release in which he or she agrees to hold Sponsor, Facebook, and each of their parent, subsidiary and affiliated corporations, and the officers, shareholders, directors, employees, agents and representatives harmless against any and all claims or liability arising directly or indirectly from use or misuse of a prize or participation in the Contest.  On or about July 1, 2015, the affidavit and release will be mailed or e-mailed, based on the potential winner’s preference upon account validation, and must be executed and returned within seven (7) days or prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be chosen. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, is unable to validate his or her account, fails to sign and return the required affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period, or if a prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. Upon timely completion and return of required affidavit and release, the winner should expect to receive his or her prize in the mail within two (2) weeks.

4.   Prize

One (1) Grand Prize will be awarded.

The winner of the Contest will receive two (2) roundtrip airfare tickets on Southwest Airlines, a Southwest Airlines pet carrier, a $100 PetSmart® gift card (subject to standard gift card terms and conditions), and a roundtrip Pet Fare awarded in the form of a $200 Southwest® Gift Card.

Total approximate prize value of all prizes is $1,158.00.

Southwest Airlines tickets are subject to Southwest Airlines terms and conditions; certain restrictions may apply. Tickets valid on Southwest-operated, published, scheduled service only in the United States and Puerto Rico. Tickets are not valid on code-share or any international service.  Airline tickets awarded will expire one year from date of issue. Expiration dates will not be extended, and tickets will not be refundable or redeemable for cash or credit at any time, nor will tickets be replaced if lost or stolen. Tickets may not be sold to a third party.  If the winner does not live in a city served by Southwest Airlines, he/she is responsible for transportation to the nearest airport served by Southwest Airlines.  Winner is responsible for booking all travel.  Seats on any desired flight are not guaranteed. Government issued ID required to travel.  Use of tickets is subject to airline’s conditions and tariffs, and to all applicable federal regulations.

Southwest Airlines Pet Fares require advance reservations and airport checkin for pets.  Limitations and restrictions apply for pet travel.  For pet policies and information on traveling with your pet, visit

Terms for Southwest® Gift Card (“Gift Card”): Gift Card is only redeemable at, 1-800-I-FLY-SWA, or any Southwest Airlines ticket counter for air travel only.  Gift Card is not valid for the purchase of vacation packages, cargo, hotels, rental cars, group tickets, additional Gift Cards, EarlyBird Check-In®, international baggage fees, or inflight purchases.  Only four total forms of payment, including Gift Card, may be combined per purchase.  Gift Card is nonrefundable and not redeemable for cash or credit except where required by federal or applicable state law.  Gift Gard is not replaceable if lost, stolen, or destroyed.  Protect the Gift Card like cash.  For balance check, call 1-866-393-2081.  For any additional questions, call 214-932-0333.  Activation or use of Gift Gard constitutes acceptance of all terms and conditions listed at

All federal, state and local taxes, security and airport fees, and all other expenses not specifically mentioned herein are the sole responsibility of the winner.   No prize substitutions, cash equivalent, or transfer of prizes permitted except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Prize subject to availability and the Sponsor, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to award a prize of greater or equal value if the advertised prize is unavailable.

Prizes mailed to the winner will be with the prior written consent of the winner and therefore, winner assumes the risk of its loss.  Sponsor is not responsible for the safe arrival of a prize.


a. Payments of all federal, state and local taxes are solely the responsibility of the winner.  Winner will be required to sign an IRS Form W-9 with the winner’s full social security number or the equivalent.  Failure to submit a Form W-9 upon request will result in forfeiture of the prize.  Winnings over $600 will be reported to the IRS.

b. By participating in the Contest, the winner agrees to have his or her name, voice, or likeness used in any advertising or broadcasting material relating to the Contest without additional financial or other compensation unless prohibited by law, and, where legal, to sign a publicity release confirming such consent prior to acceptance of the prize.

c. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, stolen, mangled, misdelivered, postage due, illegible, incomplete or late entries, telephone service outages, delays, busy signals, equipment malfunctions and any other technological difficulties that may prevent an individual from entering or claiming a prize.

d. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of Sponsor’s website, or otherwise in violation of the Official Rules.  Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the Contest if it is not capable of completion as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort.

e. Sponsor reserves the right to make changes in the Official Rules, including the substitution of a prize of greater or equivalent value, which will become effective upon announcement.

f. Failure to comply with the Official Rules may result in an entrant’s disqualification solely at the discretion of the Sponsor.

g. Copies of the Official Rules and a winners list (when complete) may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Southwest Airlines, Emerging Media, P.O. Box 36611, Dallas, TX 75235-1611.  All requests must be received by July 1, 2015.

6. Limitations on Liability

Neither Sponsor nor its affiliated entities is responsible for printing or typographical errors in any Contest-related materials or transactions that are processed late or incorrectly or are lost due to computer or electronic malfunction.

Winner assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused by participation in this Contest, redemption of any prize, and use or misuse of any prize.

By entering, entrant agrees to hold harmless and indemnify Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents against any and all liability, damages, or causes of action (however named or described), with respect to or arising out of (i) entrant’s participation in the Contest, (ii) the receipt of the prizes, and/or (iii) use or misuse of the prizes awarded herein.

7. Construction and Disputes

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of any entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of Texas, or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Texas.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these Official Rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.


8.   Sponsor

Southwest Airlines Co., Emerging Media, P.O. Box 36611, Dallas, TX 75235-1611