Terms and conditions

The Circle Awards: Australia and New Zealand – Terms and Conditions of Entry


The Circle Awards: Australia and New Zealand is owned and operated by SOMETHING INC LIMITED a UK Company CRN 09643234 of 10 John Street, London, London, England, WC1N 2EB. In these Terms and Conditions, any reference to “we” or “us” refers to this company and any of its related companies or persons (including, but not limited, to Something Studios Pty Ltd, ABN 20 619 758 002).

In these Terms and Conditions, the Circle Awards: Australia and New Zealand are referred to as “the Awards”.

These are the terms and conditions subject to which we will allow you as individuals, small groups of collaborators, or companies (“you”) to enter our Awards Competition. By lodging your entry you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

1. Rules and Conditions

1.1 All submissions/entries for the Awards must be made online at www.TheCircleAwards.com (“the Website”).
1.2 All entries must be supplied and conform to rules/submission formats set out on the Website.
1.3 All information in each entry must be completed with true and accurate information. Any entry may be rejected on the grounds of false, incomplete or inaccurate information, in which case the Entry Fee will not be refunded.
1.4 The judges reserve the right to re-allocate entries to a different category that, in their sole discretion, have been entered in an incorrect category.
1.5 The judges also reserve the right to remove entries where they do not meet the entry requirements. Where fees have been paid, these entries will not be refunded as they will have been judged accordingly with the rest.
1.6 Whilst every care will be taken in the storage of entries, the organisers will not accept responsibility for loss or damage of entries.
1.7 Any entries containing illegal and/or offensive material (in the sole discretion of the judges) will be disqualified, and the Entry Fee will not be refunded.

2. Entry Eligibility

2.1 Entry to the Awards is open to all Australian and New Zealand based entrants. The submission must be able to demonstrate that the core team, or the output and impact of the project was realised in Australia or New Zealand.
2.2 Submissions may be from individuals, small groups of collaborators, or companies.
2.3 Where relevant, entries may be submitted in more than one category.
2.4 All entries must conform to the rules outlined on the Website.

3. Entry Fee

3.1 The entry fee is AU$250.00 per entry. This is a non-refundable fee towards our operating costs. However, in celebration of our inaugural awards, the entry fee will be waived for any submissions received before 00:01 on 11/05/21.
3.2 Entries received after 00:01 on 11/05/21 are subject to a Late Entry Fee of AU$250+GST. Late Entry Fee payment must be cleared before the entry deadline at 23:59 on 14/05/21. Entries not paid for will be removed from the judging process and will therefore be ineligible for the Awards.
3.3 After the entry deadline entries cannot be withdrawn, and refunds cannot be given.

4. Judging Criteria
All submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

4.1 Innovation: Does it push boundaries and unlock opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be possible? We’re looking for solutions that disrupt the status quo. Incremental improvements are great, but monumental shifts are where we really want to focus.
4.2 Impact: Is it currently delivering an impact at scale, or does it have the ability to deliver impact at scale? We’re particularly interested in solutions that are accessible to the mainstream, not the minority.
4.3 Appeal: Does it have mainstream appeal and demonstrate a more conscious alternative without compromise? We’re looking for solutions that surprise us and that we get excited by. We’re particularly interested in solutions that break down the conventions of ‘sustainable alternatives’.
4.4 Vision: Is the current manifestation part of a bigger plan and where does the team see this going? We know fundamental shifts don’t happen overnight, so we also need to judge solutions based on future potential.
4.5 Circularity: How effectively does it implement Circular practices to deliver a positive and sustainable outcome? We don’t expect solutions to be perfect Circular, but we want to use these solutions to demonstrate what Circular practises look like in, well, practise.
4.6 Efficiency: Is it delivering value that’s disproportionate to the resources available to the team? We want to ensure the most exciting solutions have a chance to be recognised as leaders, regardless of budget or scale. This is how we level the playing field.

5. Judging Process

5.1 Submissions will be judged across two phases:

(a) Category Shortlist: Judges review & score entries allocated to them via our online judging portal.
(b) Category Winners: Judges vote for the shortlisted entry they believe should win each category. Judges meet to discuss any outstanding decisions, questions or particular points of interest.
(c) People’s Choice: This will be awarded to the single entry with the most valid votes across all categories.
(d) One to Watch and Next Gen: These accolades will be awarded by a core jury consisting of representatives from The World’s Most Rubbish, Urban List, NSW Circular and The Bravery to acknowledge individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the adoption of Circular practices.

5.2 Winners will be announced on 14/06/2021.
5.3 The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
5.4 Judges will not provide feedback or comments on individual entries.

6. Rights Granted and Warranties

6.1 By entering these awards, you give the organisers non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide and irrevocable right to reproduce, distribute, publish, exhibit, communicate to the public or broadcast any material from your submission, as well as any other materials supplied by you in connection with your submission (e.g. videos, photographs, drawings, etc) (“the Materials”) in all media now known or hereafter devised, including but not limited to The Circle Awards website and social media pages, as well as through third party media organisations and program sponsors.
6.2 If you wish to upload a modified/less commercially sensitive version for publishing purposes, please do so on the entry upload form.
6.3 By submitting an entry, you grant the right to use by us of the name, likeness and/or biography of all parties involved with the submission or other information in connection with the submissions, solely in connection with The Circle Awards and The World’s Most Rubbish.
6.4 You warrant that you have received consent from all employers, principals, agents, clients, collaborators or other third parties listed on your entry to use their name, likeness, and Project details and materials in association with The Circle Awards. If you do not have such consents, you must disclose this on your application form. Failure to obtain these consents may result in rejection of your application.
6.5 You acknowledge and agree that you are not entitled to any further payments, fees or consideration of any kind in connection with the use or non-use of the Materials.
6.6 By submitting an entry, you warrant:

(a) that you have full power and authority to abide by these terms and grant all the rights contemplated hereunder;
(b) that you own all intellectual property rights in and to the Materials supplied in any application, or in the case where the Materials are owned or controlled by a third party, you have obtained appropriate consents, licenses, and authority from such third party in order to make the grant of rights hereunder and to submit the Entry;
(c) that the Materials are:

(i) original and do not infringe upon nor violate any intellectual property rights, privacy, publicity, property, proprietary, contractual, or other right of any third party;
(ii) are not misleading or deceptive, and do not contain any material which is offensive or defamatory.

6.7 You agree to indemnify and to keep indemnified, us, The Circle Awards and any related companies or persons, and affiliated entities (“the Indemnified Parties”) against any claims, actions, suits, proceedings, causes of action, costs, losses or demands made against the Indemnified Parties arising out of, directly or indirectly, any breach by you of any warranty, representation or agreement made by you in connection with your entry, the submission, the Materials or otherwise relating to the Awards.

7. Data and Privacy

7.1 To the extent that you provide us with Personal Data under this Agreement, our Privacy Notice (as set out on the Website) will apply to the provision of such Personal Data to us.

8. Cancellations, Withdrawal and Change

8.1 We reserve the right to cancel, postpone or move the Awards at our discretion for any reason whatsoever. However, we will notify you promptly if the change relates to a material change in timing. For the avoidance of doubt, such a change shall not entitle you to terminate this Agreement, and these Terms and Conditions will continue to apply.
8.2 We reserve the right to change the Awards judges.
8.3 If you wish to withdraw your entry, you must email us via the Enquiries link on the Website. Withdrawn entries will not qualify for a refund of the Entry Fee.
8.4 You agree that we will have no liability under this Agreement, in any way whatsoever and howsoever (whether in contract, tort, or otherwise) arising out of or in connection with respect of any cancellation or postponement of the Awards.

9. Fees and Payment

9.1 Payment of any bank transfer charges are your responsibility.
9.2 All sums payable by you under this Agreement are subject to any applicable tax, levy or similar governmental charge, including Goods and services tax (GST) which we shall add at the applicable rate.
9.3 All sums due under this Agreement shall be paid in full without any set-off, counterclaim, deduction or withholding (other than any deduction or withholding of tax as required by law).
9.4 If you fail to make payment of any sums due, or a payment made by you is later dishonoured for any reason, we reserve the right to:
9.5 cancel your entry with immediate effect. Such cancellation can include the revocation of any award granted as a result of winning your category of the Awards, and providing that award that to another submission.

10. Jurisdiction

10.1 This Deed will be governed by and construed under the laws applicable to the State of New South Wales, Australia, and the parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of that place in respect of any dispute arising under this Deed or relating to its implementation or enforcement.