What's Your News Terms and Conditions


Terms and Conditions

  1. The What's Your News? competition is subject to the following terms and conditions. By entering this competition entrants are deemed to accept these terms and conditions.
  2. The What's Your News? competition is open to learners of English as a second or foreign language or English, bilingual or multilingual children aged 6-12 (entrants must be aged at least 6 and no more than 12 on October 15th 2011 - the competition deadline), other than employees of the British Council and the TT Animations, and their relatives, family, or household members. The Competition Organiser reserves the right to require proof of eligibility.
  3. All entrants require parental or guardian consent to enter the What's Your News? competition. The Organiser reserves the right to require proof of the relevant consents. By submitting the online entry form you agree to allow your child to enter.
  4. Entries can be submitted by an individual or a team of up to two people. Entries by three or more people will be disqualified.
  5. Entrants may submit multiple entries, but only one prize will be awarded per entrant.
  6. An Entry is a video in English about Your News. This could be about an event that has happened in the entrant's life eg. falling in a hole, cooking a meal, inviting a friend over to stay. See the example video on the website and the lesson plan for extra ideas.
  7. Entries should last between 1-2 minutes in length. You can also upload the following file formats: avi .dv .mov .qt .mpg .mpg2 .mpeg2 .mpeg4 .mp4 .3gp .3g2 .asf .wmv .flv. If you are using a mobile phone make sure you film in landscape.
  8. Entries must be submitted online using the online entry form. Contact details and all other mandatory fields must be completed, and all entries must be submitted online by midnight UK time on 15 October, 2011.
  9. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered and the British Council will not accept responsibility for any entries or files that are corrupt, damaged, lost or inaccessible.
  10. Entries into the What's Your News? competition must be the original work of the person or people submitting the entry and must not contain any third party materials or content (eg video, audio, music, text, or image). The British Council will not be responsible for breach of any copyright or other third party rights by the entrants.
  11. At the discretion of the Competition Organiser, entries containing defamatory, offensive, obscene, inappropriate or illegal content will not be accepted.
  12. The prizes are the following: The top 4 videos, one from each category, will have the What's Your News? character, GI-ANT or another character from the What's Your News? team, superimposed onto their video. The video will be viewable on the LearnEnglishKids site. They will also win a flip camera, a What's Your News? and British Council goody bag and a competition certificate (downloadable with the confirmation message). The runners up will each receive a flip camera, a British Council goody bag and a competition certificate. 100 entrants will be chosen at random to receive a goody bag and every entrant will be able to download and print a certificate as proof of entry.
  13. The winners will be chosen from all eligible entries by a panel of judges, the Judges. The Judges will include representatives from the British Council and TT Animations.
  14. The winners will be selected according to the imagination and creativity shown in their video. Language learners of all levels have an equal chance of winning the competition.
  15. The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  16. Winners will be notified by telephone or email and a list of prize winners will be published on the LearnEnglish Kids website. All reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winners. If the winners cannot be contacted after all reasonable efforts the Competition Organiser will select the next best entry as the winner.
  17. As winning videos and other videos may be uploaded to the LearnEnglishKids website the competition organisers will not do so unless contact has been made with parents confirming their consent. TT animations will only have access to the winning videos in order to superimpose the What's Your News? characters and for no other purpose. They will not have access to or make use of any personal data. 
  18. Prizes are not transferable and cannot be sold. The Competition Organisers reserve the right to substitute, in their reasonable discretion, any prize with a prize of equal value. No cash alternative will be offered for the prizes.
  19. The Entrant shall retain all ownership rights in any entry to the What's Your News? competition. However, by submitting the entry the Entrant grants the Organiser a universal, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licensable and transferable licence to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, adapt, reformat, translate and otherwise exploit and perform all or any portion of the Entry for any purpose whatsoever, including, without limitation, in connection with promotion of the British Council and What's your News? activities in any and all media formats and through any and all media distribution, advertising and promotional purposes without accounting, notification, credit or other obligation to the Entrant. Entrants further agree that the Competition Organisers may edit and manipulate the content of the Entry for operational and editorial reasons provided this is not to the detriment of the Entrant’s character or reputation.
  20. By entering, any subsequent prize winners agree to allow, and consent to, British Council and What's Your News? use of, and right to publish, entrant’s name, photographs, images, all personal and other information (including general locations) for purposes of British Council and What's Your News? publicity, promotional and news purposes (including use in printed publications, editorial and PR activities, on websites) related to this competition.
  21. The Organiser of the What's Your News? competition is the British Council, a body incorporated by Royal Charter and registered as a charity in England & Wales (charity number 209131) and in Scotland (charity number SC037733), whose principal office is at 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN.
  22. The What's Your News? competition is governed by the laws of England, where the competition is hosted.
  23. The British Council reserves the right to cancel or amend these terms and conditions without prior notice in the event that unforeseen circumstances make this unavoidable. Any amendments will be published on www.learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org