Official Entry Rules
Registration Opens January 11, 2018 at sunset.com/travelawards. The deadline for entries and registration payment is 11:59 p.m., PDT, February 28, 2018. Late entries will not be accepted.
Entrants must fill out the official entry form online. An official entry shall consist of location and contact information, answering a short questionnaire describing the location’s excellence in its category, and a maximum of 10 photos and/or supporting documents representing the entry. Failure to complete the form properly may result in disqualification. Sunset reserves the right to disqualify entries that do not comply with rules, enter ineligible categories, or fail to make full payment. Do not mail entries or payments.
Entries must represent businesses, cities/towns, attractions, or services (that take place) in the 13 Western United States (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming), Canada, or Mexico. Entries outside these geographic regions will not be eligible.
The cost is $300 per entry before January 31, 2018, and $400 for entry between February 1, 2018, and February 28, 2018. Registration payments can be made by credit card only. If payment is not received by February 28, 2018, entries will be disqualified. Registration fees will not be refunded for disqualified entries or voluntary withdrawal from the competition. Do not mail payments.
The judging will be conducted by Sunset’s editorial staff, based on the following criteria: relevance to Sunset audience (50%); newsworthiness (20%); uniqueness (20%); aesthetic appeal (5%); convenience and feasibility (5%). Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification. Decisions of judges are final and binding. The judging process will take place between February 28, 2018, and April 1, 2018, and winners will be announced in the August 2018 issue of Sunset.
In addition, by entering, Entrant grants to Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote or republish at any time in the future and otherwise use Entrant’s submitted contest entry, including but not limited to photos and/or essays, along with Entrant’s name, likeness, biographical information, and any other information provided by Entrant, in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice or compensation. Any or all of the contest entries may be used by Sunset and/or its partners for advertising purposes with compensations.
The Sunset Travel Awards logo remains the property of Sunset Publishing Company; any unauthorized use, reproduction or alteration of the Sunset Travel Awards logo and trophies or plaques are strictly prohibited.
By entering into the Sunset Travel Awards competition you agree to all of the conditions of entry. Sunset reserves the right to make changes or updates to the awards program at any time without notice.
In the event that the judging is not held, a portion of the fees will be refunded, after accounting for expenses already incurred by Sunset.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Sunset Travel Awards shall not be liable for failure to perform caused by an act of God, fire, flood, wind, rain, storm, electrical failure, strike, labor dispute, riot, insurrection, war or other causes beyond its control.