Milstein Meme Competition Official Rules

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. BY PROVIDING A SUBMISSION, THE SUBMITTER AGREES TO BE BOUND BY THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND THE DECISIONS OF THE JUDGES, WHICH SHALL BE FINAL IN ALL RESPECTS.

This competition is sponsored by The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation. The goal of the meme competition is to obtain pro-Israel memes to be shared throughout social media, to spread the word of anti-Israel bigotry and counter lies from Israel’s detractors, as well as to inform the public of the positive aspects of Israel.

ELIGIBILITY

The Milstein Meme Competition accepts original high-quality memes that discuss subjects of Israel and pro-Israel activities, as well as memes exposing antisemitism and anti-Israel hypocrisy.

CONTEST ENTRY

If you haven’t already registered, click on the “Register” button in the upper right corner of the homepage. You can either connect through Facebook or manually fill out the form. You will receive an email to confirm your registration.

Now you’re ready to upload your memes! Once you’re logged-in go to the “Upload Photo” button on the home screen to create a username and password. Your username will be public and be shown with your posted memes. Each participating individual can upload up to three (3) memes, regardless of whether each meme is approved or denied. The submitter will receive email communication regarding the submitted meme/memes’ status (Approved / Rejected). We will not provide feedback on rejections. Approval is based on criteria mentioned in the section below. If the meme is offensive/lewd/obscene or violates the rules and/or terms of service, it will be rejected. Milstein Family Foundation stresses that if your meme isn’t original content, it will be automatically disqualified. MEMES MUST BE ORIGINAL!

THEME – PRO-ISRAEL MEME CRITERIA

Originality – How unique the meme is, including use of original images or original editing of images

Level of Insightfulness – To what degree the meme contains information that is not commonly known by the public

Importance – The prominence of the issue(s) addressed by the meme

Wit/Humor – How funny the meme is

DEADLINES

All entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on December 8, 2017. Any entries received after this time will not be part of this competition.  Milstein Family Foundation does not accept responsibility for late or lost entries. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

  • November 27 – Contest opens, memes may be submitted
  • December 1 – Voting period begins, members of the public may vote on as many memes as they would like
  • December 8 – Both submission and voting end at 11:59 PM EST
  • December 14 – Winners announced

HOW TO VOTE

No login is required to vote! Voters have five ways to “react” (vote) for a meme they like: “Like,” “Love,” “Made me laugh,” “Made me angry,” and “I’m shocked.” To vote for a meme, hover over the “thumbs up” button underneath a meme, and choose the reaction! Each reaction counts as one vote — no matter which reaction is chosen. Voters can vote for as many memes as they like, but may only submit one vote per meme.

SOCIAL SHARING

All posted memes can be shared on individual’s social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Reddit.

JUDGING

Submissions to the pro-Israel Milstein Meme Competition will be judged in two stages.

Stage One — Voting Period

The voting period will begin on December 1 and end on December 8.  During the voting period, anyone can vote for a meme once. The top 18 memes that receive the most votes will then be sent to a panel of judges, who will make the final determination of the top 18 winners. In the event of a voting tie, prize money will be split between the two winners that are tied.

Stage Two — Judging Period

A group of independent judges will have three (3) days to determine the 18 prize winners, who will be announced on December 14.  Judges are listed on the “Meet our Judges” page, which is linked on the right corner of the website.

The criteria for judgment are:

50% –Creativity of the meme

40% –Quality of the meme’s message

5% –Amount of votes the meme received during the contest

5% – Amount of views the meme received during the contest

WINNER NOTIFICATION

Winners will be notified by email in addition to the public announcement of the winners.

AWARDS

A total of 18 awards will be given. Entrants who have more than one meme win may win more than one prize.

  • One 1st prize winner — $500
  • Two 2nd prize winners – $250 each
  • Five 3rd prize winners – $100 each
  • Ten runner-ups – $50 each

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND RELEASE

Milstein Family Foundation reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to suspend, modify or terminate the contest due to insufficient entries.

Any attempt by a contestant to influence the result or subvert the competition, beyond encouraging people to vote, may lead to immediate disqualification. Milstein Family Foundation reserves the option to not select a winner or winners if entries received are judged to be of insufficient quality or quantity. If a winning entrant is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, the meme competition reserves the right to offer the prize to the contestant with the next best entry.

For any contestant under the age of 18, prize money will only be sent to a parent or legal guardian.

Violence, excessive profanity, sexually explicit content, libel, and/or attacks on individuals or organizations may not be depicted in any form. Memes should not invade privacy, reveal other people’s personal information, or display predatory behavior. Memes must not contain material that promotes discrimination based on race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

Milstein Family Foundation reserves the right, at its sole discretion, at any time, to disqualify and delete any entry it deems to be offensive, inappropriate, derogatory, and/or libelous or not in keeping with the competition theme, or that is otherwise not in compliance with the official contest rules.