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NEW! $2,500 Award for Seatbelt & ROPS Logo!

ASABE Announces Cash Prize for Seatbelt & ROPS Logo Design

Here's a chance to explore your creativity while enhancing tractor safety -- enter the Agricultural Seatbelt Usage and ROPS Initiative (SUR) Logo Design Contest.  To further the goal of tractor safety, ASABE is offering a one-time award for the development of a graphic logo that will encourage tractor owners and operators to wear seatbelts, raise foldable ROPS to the upright position, and install  ROPS on older tractors without ROPS. This logo will be part of a national ROPS promotion strategy for North America. All entries will be judged by ASABE members who have a background in tractor safety standards and design.

Contest Flier

Timeline
The contest kicked off at the AEM Student Luncheon at the Annual International Meeting in Kansas City, July 2013. 

  • All entries must be received by March 15, 2014.
  • The top ten designs will be selected by May 1, 2014.
  • Three finalists will be selected by June 1, 2014.
  • The first place winner will be announced at the ASABE 2014 Annual International Meeting in Montreal, QC.

Prizes
Of the three finalists selected, the first place winner will receive $2,500, the second place winner will receive $1,000, and the third place winner will receive $750. The three finalists will also receive complimentary meeting registration for the ASABE 2014 Annual International Meeting in Montreal, QC.

For complete information on entry requirements, see the Official Rules (tab below). Be creative, have fun, and good luck!

Submit your entry by emailing the entry form and associated files (see Official Rules) to SURcontest@asabe.org -- Download the entry form - An electronic or scanned signature on the form is acceptable.

Official Rules

Download these rules as a PDF file here.

Agricultural Seatbelt Usage and ROPS Initiative (SUR) Logo Design Contest: Official Rules
This section describes the Official Rules of the Agricultural Seatbelt Usage and ROPS Initiative (SUR) Logo Design Contest organized by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). Information on how to enter and about the prizes is part of these Official Rules. To the extent of any inconsistency, these Official Rules prevail.

Definitions
•  "Entry" means a logo design created by an Entrant for the Logo Design Contest.
•  "Entrant" means the individual who offers the Entry under the terms of the Logo Design Contest.

Eligibility
The Logo Design Contest is open to ASABE student groups, and individual students. ASABE student membership is recommended but not required.  The Logo Design Contest is not open to companies or employees working using company time or resources. Members of the contest organizing committee, the contest judges, and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the Logo Design Contest.

How to Enter
•  Entries must be submitted by e-mail to SURcontest@asabe.org with this enry form. Entries must be submitted as both a scalable vector graphic (in EPS format) and as a JPG. See the Submission Guidelines for further information.  An electronic or scanned signature on the form is acceptable.
•  The e-mail must include the name, age, postal address, phone number, and e-mail address of the Entrant.
•  No more than three Entries may be submitted by any one Entrant.
•  Entries must conform to the Submission Guidelines. Entries that fail to do so will be rejected.
•  If submitting files in two separate e-mail messages, include "file 1 of 2" and "file 2 of 2" in the subject lines.
•  The deadline for Entries is midnight on March 15, 2014, Pacific Daylight Time.
•  ASABE will attempt to acknowledge all Entries within one week of receipt; however, ASABE is not responsible for Entries or responses lost in e-mail.
•  There is no fee to enter the Contest.

Submission Guidelines
The primary goal of the Agricultural Seatbelt Usage and ROPS Initiative (SUR) is to significantly increase the use of seatbelts by operators of agricultural equipment. The secondary goal is to promote raising the ROPS into the upright position when operating tractors with foldable ROPS. The third goal is to promote the installation of ROPS on tractors that do not have a factory-installed or dealer-installed ROPS.
In support of these goals, the purpose of the Logo Design Contest ("the Contest") is the development of a graphic logo that will encourage tractor owners and operators to wear seatbelts, raise foldable ROPS to the upright position, and install ROPS on tractors without ROPS. This logo will consist of a symbol, pictograph, or similar noteworthy image that will be part of a national ROPS promotion strategy for North America.
The maximum allowable size of the logo is 6 inches (15.24 cm) tall × 4 inches (10.16 cm) wide. Symbols, pictographs, pictures, and use of color are all acceptable. However, other than the use of the signal word "Warning," the use of text is discouraged.
The logo will be used online, in print, and on agricultural tractors. Therefore, flexibility of the image is a key requirement, including the need to resize easily and to look good in black and white as well as color. The final version of the logo must be suitable for high-quality printing. However, while the logo needs to be clear and understandable at small sizes, it will not need to be shrunk for use as a favicon.
Due to the requirements for high-quality printing and resizing, Entries must be submitted in scalable vector graphic format (EPS). ASABE advises against the use of halftones and gradients unless created inside a vector graphic program. Color in this version must be CMYK, with no spot colors. In addition, a JPG image (1000 pixels square) of the logo is also required so that Entries can be posted to ASABE websites without the need for conversion. In summary, an Entry will consist of two files: the Entrant's original logo design in both EPS and JPG formats.
Electronic files less than 5 Mb in size may be submitted by e-mail, as indicated in the "How to Enter" section. If a submission exceeds this size, even after compression, the Entrant may send the images separately on a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM by regular mail to: SUR contest, c/o ASABE, 2950 Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085. Be sure to include the entrant's name and e-mail address on the disk (using permanent marker or a permanent label affixed to the disk).  The entry e-mail must clearly note that the images are being sent separately. . ASABE is able to handle most common file compression formats.
Because of the requirement to register the logo as a service mark or trademark, Entrants should take care to ensure that their Entries are not in any way similar to existing logos or other copyrighted images. A logo that cannot be registered as a service mark, no matter how well designed, cannot win the Contest.

Judging and selection of winner
•  The winning design will be selected by judges appointed for the purpose by ASABE. Their decision will be final. No further correspondence shall be entered into.
•  ASABE reserves the right not to select a winner if, in its sole discretion, no suitable Entries are received.
•  ASABE reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant or Entry in its sole discretion. No correspondence shall be entered into.
•  Accepting the prize constitutes permission for ASABE to make public and otherwise use the winner's name and country of residence for publicity purposes. Further personal data may be requested but is not required.
•  The top ten designs will be announced by May 1, 2014.
•  Due to the need to confirm that the winning Entry can be registered as a service mark or trademark, the three finalists will be notified of their selection by June 1, 2014. Every effort will be made to inform the three finalists in time for them to attend the 2014 ASABE Annual International Meeting.
•  The first place winner will be required to sign a contract assigning all ownership of the logo to ASABE.

Prizes
Subject to the requirements outlined above, the first place winner will be announced at the Awards Luncheon ceremony at the 2014 Annual International Meeting of ASABE. The three finalists will receive:
•  A cash prize of $2,500 for first place, plus an award plaque engraved with the winning design.
•  A cash prize of $1, 000 for second place.
•  A cash prize of $750 for third place.
•  Complimentary meeting registration for the 2014 Annual International Meeting of ASABE will be awarded for the first, second, and third place winners. For entries supplied by a group, one registration will be awarded to the group.  It is the responsibility of the group to determine which group member receives the complimentary registration.

Acceptance
Participation constitutes the Entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. By participating in the Contest, the Entrant is representing and warranting that he/she has read, understood, and agrees to be bound by these rules. Including the guidelines and rules referred to herein, these Official Rules constitute the entire agreement between the Entrant and ASABE in relation to the Contest. They govern the Entrant's participation and supersede any prior or other agreements between the Entrant and ASABE and relating to the Contest.

Disclaimers

Intellectual property
•  All submitted work must be original and not based on any pre-existing design.
•  The Entries selected for awards will become the sole property of ASABE and may be displayed publicly on ASABE websites.
ASABE reserves the rights to modify the Entries receiving awards.
•  The winning Entry may be registered by ASABE as a service mark or trademark, and the Entrant must agree to transfer all right and title to the Entry to ASABE in accordance with the Official Rules of this Contest.

Acceptance
Participation constitutes the Entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. By participating in the Contest, the Entrant is representing and warranting that he/she has read, understood, and agrees to be bound by these rules. Including the guidelines and rules referred to herein, these Official Rules constitute the entire agreement between the Entrant and ASABE in relation to the Contest. They govern the Entrant's participation and supersede any prior or other agreements between the Entrant and ASABE and relating to the Contest.

Representations and warranties
By participating in the Contest, the Entrant warrants and represents in connection with the Entry submitted as part of his/her participation in the Contest that: (a) he/she is the sole and exclusive owner of (and free of any adverse claim by any person, firm, or corporation) all intellectual property rights in and to the Entry; (b) the Entry is original and the use of the Entry as described in these Official Rules will not infringe upon the proprietary rights, including without limitation the intellectual property rights, of any third party; (c) the use of the Entry, as described in these Official Rules, will be in compliance with any third-party licenses pertaining to the Entry; (d) the Entry is not obscene or libelous and does not violate any rights of any third party, including but not limited to rights of privacy or publicity; (e) the Entry does not contain any virus, spyware, malware, trapdoor, worm, or any other device, mechanism, or code that is injurious or damaging to software or hardware used in conjunction with the Entry; (f) the Entry and its use as described in these Official Rules will not violate any federal laws, local laws, or ordinances; (g) no employer or educational or other establishment has any rights in the Entry; (h) the Entry is consistent with these Official Rules; and (i) he/she has the right to grant the license to ASABE as required in these Official Rules.

Severability
When any provision of these Official Rules is found to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the parties nevertheless agree that the Court should endeavor to give effect to the intentions of the parties as reflected in the provision, and that the other provisions of these Official Rules remain in full force and effect.

Indemnity; Disclaimer of warranties; Limitation of liability
By participating in the Contest, the Entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements and all decisions of ASABE. By participating in the Contest, the Entrant agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless ASABE and its officers, agents, affiliates, contractors, contributors, subsidiaries, licensors, and distributors ("ASABE Entities") from any and all liability, claims, or actions of any kind, including, without limitation, property damage, personal injury, and/or death, arising out of his/her (i) breach of any representation, warranty, or covenant contained in these Official Rules; (ii) participation in the Contest; (iii) acceptance and/or use of any prize in connection with the Contest; or (iv) any third-party claim relating to any rights in any design submitted.
BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, THE ENTRANT AGREES THAT ASABE ENTITIES MAKE NO WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION, OR GUARANTEE OF ANY KIND, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, RELATING TO THE CONTEST AND/OR THE PRIZES.
By participating in the Contest, the Entrant agrees that ASABE is not responsible, and will in no event be held liable, for any: (a) lost, late, illegible, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, corrupted, or garbled Entries; (b) telephone, computer, or network malfunction or error; (c) communication disruption or other disruptions relate to internet traffic, virus, bug, worm, or non-authorized intervention; or (d) damage caused by a computer virus or otherwise resulting to any computer from the submission of Entries. If such malfunction, error, disruption, or damage occurs or impairs the administration, security, fairness, or integrity of the Contest, ASABE may, in its sole discretion, suspend, modify, or terminate the Contest by posting a notice at http://www.ASABE.org. If the Contest is terminated before the scheduled end of the Contest period, ASABE will determine the winner from all eligible Entries received as of the termination date.
Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Contest, or whom ASABE believes to be causing or attempting or intending to cause any malfunction, error, disruption, or damage will be disqualified.
NOT WITHSTANDING ANYTHING HEREIN TO THE CONTRARY, AND ONLY TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY THE APPLICABLE LAW, BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, THE ENTRANT AGREES THAT IN NO EVENT WILL ASABE OR ANY ASABE ENTITY BE LIABLE TO ENTRANTS OR ANY OTHER PARTY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES REGARDLESS OF THE BASIS OR NATURE OF THE CLAIM, RELATING IN ANY MANNER TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES, THE CONTEST, OR THE ENTRANT'S PARTICIPATION THEREIN, EVEN IF ASABE OR AN ASABE ENTITY WERE EXPRESSLY ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. ALSO NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING HEREIN TO THE CONTRARY, BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, THE ENTRANT FURTHER AGREES THAT IN NO EVENT WILL THE LIABILITY OF ANY ASABE ENTITY RELATING IN ANY MANNER TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES, THE CONTEST, OR THE ENTRANT'S PARTICIPATION THEREIN EXCEED THE GREATER OF U.S. $1,000 OR ANY OTHER AMOUNTS PAID BY THE ENTRANT TO ENTER INTO THE CONTENT.
SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CERTAIN INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO THE ENTRANT. IN THE EVENT THAT THE PRECEDING RELEASE IS DETERMINED BY A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION TO BE INVALID OR VOID FOR ANY REASON, THE ENTRANT AGREES THAT, BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, (I) ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS, AND CAUSES FOR ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST, OR ANY PRIZES AWARDED, SHALL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION; AND (II) ANY CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS, AND AWARDS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED, INCLUDING COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ENTERING THE CONTEST BUT IN NO EVENT ATTORNEY'S FEES.
For the avoidance of doubt, to the extent that U.S. law applies, nothing in these Official Rules shall limit or exclude either party's liability for fraud, or for death or personal injury caused by its negligence, or any liability to the extent such liability cannot be excluded or limited as a matter of law. Interpretation; Governing law; Jurisdiction In the case of any dispute about the interpretation of the Official Rules, ASABE's decision as to the interpretation shall be final and the Entrant shall be bound by ASABE's decision.
The interpretation and enforcement of these Official Rules will be governed by the laws of the State of Michigan, USA, except to the extent required to be governed by the local law in the place of residence of an Entrant. The Contest is subject to all applicable, as the case may be, national, federal, provincial, state, and local laws. The Entrant and ASABE agree to the extent permitted by law to submit all disputes arising out of or relating to these Official Rules or the Contest to, and hereby waive any objection to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of, the state and federal courts located in Berrien County, Michigan. If necessary, any provision of these Official Rules which is found to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction shall be deemed to be struck out from these Official Rules.

Consideration
The Entrant agrees that the ability to participate in the Contest and to compete for the prizes offered in connection with the Contest constitute, where required, sufficient consideration for the Entrant's obligations under these Official Rules.

About ASABE

About ASABE
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Founded in 1907 and headquartered in St. Joseph, Michigan, ASABE comprises 9,000 members in more than 100 countries.
Agricultural, food, and biological engineers develop efficient and environmentally sensitive methods of producing food, fiber, timber, and renewable energy sources for an ever-increasing world population. Details about the scope and achievements of the profession can be found in Career Resources and also on the Historic Landmarks page.
ASABE is led by a 14-member Board of Trustees who ensure that ASABE fulfills its missions of facilitating the exchange of technical information and promoting the science and art of engineering in agricultural, food, and biological systems. Activities of ASABE are carried out by four councils (Membership,  Meetings,  Publications, and Standards), with input from the following Divisions and
Institutes, which represent ASABE's technical specialty areas:
•  Biological Engineering
•  Education
•  Food and Process Engineering
•  Information and Electrical Technologies
•  Power and Machinery
•  Energy
•  Soil and Water
•  Structures and Environment
•  Ergonomics, Safety and Health
•  Forest Engineering
•  Aquacultural Engineering.
Society activities are also conducted through geographic Sections, affiliated  Communities, and special programs, including an active Pre-professionals (student) group for individuals contemplating or preparing for a career in agricultural, food, and biological engineering.
ASABE membership is open to all (engineers as well as non-engineers) who are interested in the knowledge and application of engineering in agricultural, food, and biological systems.  Contact ASABE for further information about the Society, its activities,
and membership.

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