DC Stay-at-Home Contest Rules

OFFICIAL RULES: You agree that, by submitting an entry you will be bound by these Official Rules and you acknowledge that you release all rights to the photos, videos, and your name, for general viewing and use by Direct Colors, its subsidiaries, and agents.  

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to enter the contest you must be an individual legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and  be 18 or older at the time of entry. 

Direct Colors employees, their immediate family members (spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren), advisors or advertising/promotion agencies (and their immediate family members) are not eligible to win any of the prizes.

Only photos and videos submitted to [email protected] are eligible to win. No copyright material is eligible for winning.

HOW TO ENTER: You may enter the Contest beginning at 12:01 AM the day on which the Competition initiates. Competition submissions come to a close at 11:59 PM the day on which the Competition ends.  


Entrant warrants and represents that the photo:

1. is original (photo or video may be captured by someone other than the Entrant if the Entrant obtained written permission to submit the photo, as set forth below);

2. does not infringe the intellectual property, privacy, publicity rights, ownership or any other legal or moral rights of any third party;

3. has not been entered in contests sponsored by anyone other than Direct Colors or won previous awards in a Direct Colors contest or any other contest;

4. is suitable for public viewing.

Each Entrant irrevocably grants Sponsor and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees, the unconditional and perpetual right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used), on an exclusive basis within the decorative concrete category, each element of the Entrant’s Entry, and use of the Entrant’s name, likeness, photograph (collectively, “Likeness”), and/or statements regarding his/her participation in this Contest (with or without using the Entrant’s name) in any and all media without limitation as to time or territory, and without additional compensation or approval from the Entrant or any other party.

Entrant waives intellectual property rights, privacy/publicity rights or other legal or moral rights that might preclude the Sponsor’s use of any element of the Entry, and agrees not to sue or assert any claim against the Sponsor for the use of any element of the Entry or Entrant’s Likeness or statements.

Entrant further grants all end users of Sponsor’s Web Site (a) the ability to rate, vote, review, comment on and tag the Entry; (b) the ability to send and distribute the Entry via e-mail, instant messenger, and via social media or other electronic means.

Entrant agrees to indemnify and hold Sponsor, its agencies and Contest Parties and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the “Indemnitees”), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Indemnitees due to or arising out of the use of any element of Entrant’s Entry, or the Entrant’s conduct in submitting an Entry or creating a photo or otherwise in connection with this Contest, including but not limited to claims for trademark infringement, copyright infringement, violation of an individual’s right of publicity or right of privacy, or defamation. Entrant further agrees to release Sponsor from any claims that any advertising subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of Sponsor infringes Entrant’s rights concerning any elements or ideas contained in any element of the Entry.


Clear Image Resolution. Photos must be clear and free of blurriness or pixelation. Consider framing the photo to enhance detail or include multiple photos from varying depths and angles. Ensure background and foreground is clear of debris or any unsightly materials. See Example Images Below:

Brand Image. The sponsor maintains a wholesome, family-oriented image for its brand. Entries must properly reflect this brand image. The sponsor’s determination on brand image shall be final.

No third party trademarks/logos/intellectual property. Be careful that your photo and/or caption doesn’t inadvertently contain another company’s trademark, logo or intellectual property because that may cause your photo to be disqualified. Examples to watch for: a trademark/logo on a baseball cap, sneakers or t-shirt, etc. The ONLY permitted trademarks or logos are the Direct Colors trademark or logo, which is not required to be in your photo, and will not influence the judging, or other Direct Colors brand logos. The sponsor may elect to blur incidental third party trademarks or logos in photos at its sole discretion.

Sponsor is not responsible for late or incomplete Entries. If a problem occurs in the online submission process or in uploading a photo, Entrants should receive an “Error” message. However, the responsibility to electronically complete the Entry process and upload a photo is the Entrant’s and neither Sponsor nor the Contest Administrator shall be responsible for any photo or video not received due to incomplete or improper transmission. Similarly, neither the Sponsor nor Contest Administrator has any obligation to advise the Entrant of an incomplete Entry or photo submission.

CONTEST DEADLINE: Entries must be submitted via email by July 31, 2020 in order to be included in the contest. 

WINNER SELECTION: Winners will be selected based on the decision of our panel of judges. 

PRIZES: The following prizes will be awarded: One GRAND PRIZE photo winner will receive a $500 cash prize. One SECOND PLACE photo winner will be awarded a $250 Direct Colors Gift Card. One THIRD PLACE photo winner will be awarded a $150 Direct Colors Gift Card. One GRAND PRIZE video winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. One SECOND PLACE photo winner will be awarded a $500 Direct Colors Gift Card. One THIRD PLACE photo winner will be awarded a $250 Direct Colors Gift Card. Gift cards are for store credit only and must be used within six months of receipt. 

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner’s will be notified by email no later than August 31, 2020

WINNER LIST: The names of the winners will be available on the Direct Colors website after the contest has been completed. 


  • Participants hereby grant Direct Colors a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide license to broadcast, publish, store, reproduce, distribute, syndicate, and otherwise use and exhibit the Submission (along with the winner’s name), in all media now known and may later will come into being for purposes of trade or advertising without further compensation. Participants represent and warrant that they have full legal right, power and authority to grant Direct Colors the foregoing license and if applicable, have secured all necessary rights from any participants in, and contributors to, their Submission in order to grant such a license.
  • Direct Colors is under no obligation to use any Submission or return the Submissions to participants. 
  • Winners will be required to execute and return a Certificate of Eligibility, Consent and General Release form within 14 days of notification. Non-compliance within this time period may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Any income tax liability is the sole responsibility of the winner.
  • Any entry considered inappropriate, offensive, defamatory, not fitting the stated categories of Direct Colors or to not have used Direct Colors products will be rejected. 

USE OF CONTEST INFORMATION:  All entries become the property of Direct Colors which reserves the right to use any and all information related to the contest, including submissions provided by the contestants, for editorial, marketing and any other purpose, unless prohibited by law. 

CONDUCT: All contest participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules. Direct Colors, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person in violation of these rules.


No liability or responsibility is assumed by Sponsor or Contest Parties resulting from any user’s participation in or attempt to participate in the Contest or ability or inability to upload or download any information in connection with participating in the Contest. No responsibility or liability is assumed by the Sponsor or Contest Parties for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences which may affect the operation of the Contest: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any email transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted email transmissions; inaccessibility of the Web Site, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the Web Site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention in the operation of the Contest, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the Contest, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the Contest. Sponsor and Contest Parties are not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of prizes or these Official Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data contained on the Web Site. Use of the Web Site, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram is at the user’s own risk. Sponsor, the Contest Parties, Facebook, Inc., Twitter, Inc. and Instagram, Inc. (“Released Parties”) are not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind which may be sustained by user’s or any other person’s computer equipment resulting from participation in the Contest, use of the Web Site or the download of any information from the Web Site. By participating in the Contest, the Entrant releases the Released Parties from all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to such Entrant’s participation in the Contest. By accepting a prize, winners agree that the Released Parties shall not be liable for any loss or injury resulting from participation in the Contest, or the acceptance or use of any prize. The Released Parties are not liable if any portion of the Contest or scheduled Events are canceled due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other condition beyond their control.

PRIVACY: By submitting an Entry in this Contest, each Entrant agrees to Sponsor’s use of participant’s personal information as described in the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.

SPONSOR/CONTEST ADMINISTRATOR: Direct Colors, 430 East 10th Street, Shawnee, OK 74801.