COMPETITION RULES « THE 2022 LAFONTAINE CHALLENGE »


College international J. de La Fontaine, herein after referred to as “the organizer”, having its head office situated at 18 Place de la Triade, Suite 200, Pointe Claire, H9R 0A2, is organizing a competition named The 2022 Lafontaine Challenge, herein after referred to as “the competition”, the conditions for which are herein after laid out. 


Article 1: Competition Objectives

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its Multiculturalism Policy, officially adopted in 1971, College International J. de La Fontaine is organizing a competition involving students from Canadian elementary and high schools. Participant(s) are invited to submit a piece of writing, a work of art, or a photograph, which reflects the theme of unity and diversity taking into consideration the slogan “We are all different, and that’s beautiful.” Through their participation participants will also engage the local community in that the organizer will contribute 1$ (CND) per student entry to a local charity organization. 


Article 2: The competition timeline

The competition will take place from the 2nd of April to the 12th of July (12:00AM), 2022. Proof of registration within this time frame will be established by our I.T. systems. 


Article 3: Terms of Eligibility 

The candidate must be registered in a Canadian primary or secondary school at the time of their registration for the competition. 

The competition winners must be able to prove their age and their academic level prior to receipt of their prize/s. 

The participants must have at their disposal an internet connection and a valid e-mail address in order to participate in the competition in that it will be carried out online exclusively. 

Participation in this competition is completely free of charge. Additionally, participants must certify that submissions created for the competition are their own, that they have not been assisted by a any unnamed, third-party, and that their work is not plagiarized. 

The present rules must be acknowledged through the signature of the participants’ legal guardians on the registration form. Participation in the competition implies unreserved integral acceptance of these rules by each participant and their legal guardian as well as acknowledgement and acceptance of the ethical guidelines set forth on the Lafontaine website. Failure to respect these conditions will result in immediate disqualification. 

Lafontaine employees and judges, as well as their direct family members, are not eligible for the competition. 

Registering under a false identity or the identity of another person, providing false, incorrect or incomplete information and/or registering under multiple identities will result in immediate disqualification from the competition. 


Article 4: Competition Guidelines 

4.1 Subjects and Grade Levels 

The competition consists of four subjects: 

“French Writing”

“English Writing”

“Photography”

“Art”

The subjects of “French Writing” and “English Writing” will be divided into five grade clusters: 

Grade 1/2 (elementary)

Grades 3/4 (elementary)

Grades 5/6 (elementary)

Grade 7/8/9 (high school)

Grade 10/11 (high school)


The subjects of “Photography” and “Art” will be divided into two grade clusters: 

Grade 1/2/3/4/5/6 (elementary) 

Grades 7, 8,9,10, 11 (high school)

A candidate can participate in one of more subjects but can only register for the competition once. It is prohibited for one candidate to submit several works within one subject category. 


 4.2 Submission and format guidelines

The candidates must submit their works through the organizer’s website via the organizer’s website before the 12th of July at midnight. An uncompressed, high-resolution version of the submission may be requested in the event that the entry is selected as a finalist. The requested file must be sent to the organizer within 5 days of the request. 

The works must respect the following submission guidelines which are unique to each subject and grade cluster: 

Writing (English or French):

 Elementary:

 (Grades 1, 2): Student participants are asked to submit a writing piece on the theme of unity and diversity, considering the slogan “We are all different, and that’s beautiful.” The writing piece can be submitted in English or in French and should be a minimum of 20 words in length. Texts can be submitted in the form of poetry, creative writing, an essay, an article, a speech, etc. 

 (Grades 3,4): Student participants are asked to submit a writing piece on the theme of unity and diversity, considering the slogan “We are all different, and that’s beautiful.” The writing piece can be submitted in English or in French and should be a minimum of 100 words in length. Texts can be submitted in the form of poetry, creative writing, an essay, an article, a speech, etc. 

 (Grades 5,6): Student participants are asked to submit a writing piece on the theme of unity and diversity, considering the slogan “We are all different, and that’s beautiful.” The writing piece can be submitted in English or in French and should be a minimum of 250 words in length. Texts can be submitted in the form of poetry, creative writing, an essay, an article, a speech, etc. 

High School 

 (Grades 7,8,9): Student participants are asked to submit a piece on the theme of unity and diversity, considering the slogan “We are all different, and that’s beautiful.” The writing piece can be submitted in English or in French and should be a minimum of 400 words in length. Texts can be submitted in the form of poetry, creative writing, an essay, an article, a speech, etc. 

 (Grades 10,11): Student participants are asked to submit a writing piece on the theme of unity and diversity, considering the slogan “We are all different, and that’s beautiful.” The writing piece can be submitted in English or in French and should be a minimum of 500 words in length. Texts can be submitted in the form of poetry, creative writing, an essay, an article, a speech, etc. 

Art:

 Elementary (Grades 1,2,3,4,5,6) and High School (Grades 7,8,9,10,11) 

 Student candidates are asked to submit a work of art expressing the theme unity and diversity, and considering the slogan “We are all different, and that’s beautiful.” The artistic medium can be any kind of visual art, including water color, acrylic, oil painting, pencil, charcoal, marker, computer animation, multimedia, etc. 

Photography:

 Elementary and High School

 Elementary (Grades 1,2,3,4,5,6) and High School (Grades 7,8,9,10,11) 

 Student candidates are asked to submit a picture representing the theme unity and diversity, and considering the slogan “We are all different, and that’s beautiful.” The picture can be submitted as a scanned print or as a digital image. 


 4.3 Selection of finalists by judges 

A committee comprised of College International J. de La Fontaine staff will review and pre-select finalists on the basis of the works’ originality and relevance to the themes of the competition. 

The organiser reserves the right to refuse any submission of any work that it may deem:

Disrespectful or offensive. (Discriminatory/injurious statements, pornographic content, etc.) 

In violation of the law.

Contrary to good morals and/or public order. 

The finalists will be selected by a jury composed of professionals from different disciplines. The jury will act with total impartiality and will not be required to justify their decision. The final list of jury members will be determined before the competition’s submission deadlines and will be released to the public through the organizer’s website prior to this date. 

The selection will be conducted between the 12th of July and the 18th of July 2022. 

The finalists will be chosen according to the following criteria: 

- Connection to the theme of the competition 

- Originality and creativity of the submission 

- The language employed (grammar, vocabulary, pertinence to the subject matter) 


The candidates will not be personally advised in the case of rejection, nor of the reasons therefore, at the time of the judges’ selection. The decisions of the judges will be indisputable, without need of justification and without recourse to appeal. The list of the winners will be published on the organizer’s website after the results are disclosed to the public, at which time the results of the competition will be announced. 

The final selections will be posted on the organizer’s website on July 18th at which time the public will be able to vote on the grand-prize winner. The work receiving the most number of votes as of July 30th at 12:00AM will be selected as the “Fan Favourite”


 4.4 Prizes

The winners chosen by the judges will be the recipients of the following prizes:

First stage: for each subject a winner and five finalists will be chosen from each grade cluster. Each winner will receive a 200$ (CAD) gift card for Babar Books (Elementary winners) or a 200$ (CAD) gift card for Amazon (High School winners). The five finalists from each grade cluster will each receive a 50$ (CAD) gift certificate which may be redeemed for classes offered by College International J. de La Fontaine. 


The finalists will be announced by email and to the public via the organizer’s website on July 18th, 2022. 


Second Stage: The winner who receives the most votes and chosen as the public’s Fan Favourite will receive a 500$ (CAD) gift card for Babar Books or Amazon.


Article 5: Copyright 

The participants warrant that their submissions are original and that any content contained therein is not in violation of any copyright laws (photos, text, etc.) They undertake to hold the organizer free, clear and harmless from any third-party recourse resulting from the authenticity or originality of the works which they present. 

Within Canada and abroad, the participants cede and transfer to the organizer, without qualification or reserve, the totality of their ownership and rights which they hold with regard to their work for the entirety of the legal period of protection which is granted to authors and their heirs. 

The rights transferred include: 

The right to reproduce or to have reproduced in unlimited number all or part of any work by any means digital, audio-visual or multimedia and in all formats. 

The right to present the whole or any part of the work, anywhere, by all means, notably within the framework of presentations or circulation on the organizer’s website, YouTube, Facebook pages, official Instagram account, WeChat, and any other social media platforms used by the organizer.

The right to translate the work in whole or in part in any language or form. 


Article 6: Image Rights

The participants undertake to respect the image rights of photographed persons and to require the signature of a gratuitous transfer form with regards to their image rights. Likewise, if a minor is photographed, it is understood that the person photographed has the agreement and consent of themselves and their legal guardian/s. Finally, the participants must ensure the written agreement of the owners when the owners are private or public individuals who are photographed. 

Participants undertake to authorise the organizer without charge to reproduce and distribute their works or the images related thereto, directly or indirectly, for publication and public communication by all means and forms and to consent to the use of their work/image for promotion of the competition. 

All participants must provide consent in advance and authorize the organizer to cite their names and given names for the purpose of communication with regard to the competition.


Article 7: Other Modalities and Forms

If circumstances so require, the organizer reserves the right to cease, interrupt or delay, shorten or modify the competition and its aftermath at all times and without compensation whatsoever being due, exigible or required by the participants. In all possible cases, the organizer reserves the right to prolong the competition. 

With regards to the present competition, all Fraud or attempted fraud by a participant will result in the immediate disqualification of said participant. 

In the event of need, the organizer reserves the right to modify the present rules and/or make any and all decisions that the organizer may deem useful for the application/interpretation of these rules under reserve of giving prior notification to the participant. 


Article 8: Privacy and the use of personal information 

The information required for participation in the competition, namely, email address, the surname/given name, sex, postal address, telephone number, birthday, email address, grade or level of study, school/academic institution, and postal code, is collected from each participant and organised by the organizer with the objective of providing and carrying out services that are consistent with the organization of the competition, contacting the participants and conserving a record of exchanges and transactions carried out. 

The said information will not be the subject of any communication or transfer to third parties other than the technical service providers that will eventually administer the management of the competition. These persons will be held to respect the confidentiality of the information and will not use it other than for the specific task which has been assigned to them. 

Each participant’s personal information will be preserved during the entirety of the contest plus 10 years in order to allow the organizer to maintain contact with the participants, notably within the context of publicity campaigns. 

All participants can require communication of, correction, or cancelation of their information by contacting the organizer. 


Article 9: Liability 

The organizer shall not be liable in any manner in the event of claims or actions taken by any person for whatever reason, be it with regard to the content or any rights whatsoever relative to the publication of the works of the participants within the context of the competition. 

Participation implies knowledge and acceptance of the particularities and limits of the internet, the absence of protection from certain information against possible misappropriation or pirating of content, as well as with regards to risks of contamination by computer viruses circulating on the internet. It is each participant’s responsibility to take the necessary measures to protect his/her information. 

The organizer shall not be liable in the event of internet malfunction. The organizer does not guarantee that its website will function without interruption or will not contain any type of computer errors. 

 In the case of a computer virus, third-party hacking, fraud, or technical failure, the organizer reserves the right to cancel or modify the terms of the competition. In this event, the organizer reserves the right to not award any prize nor to institute legal procedures against the authors of these cases before any court or tribunal. 


Article 10: Litigation 

The present agreement shall be interpreted pursuant to the laws of the province of Quebec. All actions or claims regarding the contest must be made in writing and sent to the address indicated in the preamble hereof. A prescriptive delay of one month from the date of the closure of the contest will be applied to any possible litigation that cannot be amicably settled without recourse to court intervention.