Contest Dates and Eligibility

The National Capital Commission (hereinafter referred to as “the NCC”) organizes an Instagram photo contest.

Contest will be held in Canada from Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 5pm (EDT) to Monday, October 31, 2022, at 11:59 pm (EDT).

The contest is open to residents of Canada who are 16 years of age or older at the time they enter the contest and who have an Instagram account. For any participant who has not reached the age of majority, a parent or guardian consent is necessary to enter the contest. Where appropriate, the terms “participant” and “winner” mean the parent or guardian of that person.

Employees, representatives or agents of the NCC, or of any of the NCC’s prize-donating partners, as well as the people who reside with these aforementioned persons, are not eligible to participate in the contest.

No purchase is necessary to enter the contest.

Participation Requirements

  1. Participants must follow the NCC Instagram account (@ncc_ccn).
  2. Participants must publish a photo via the Instagram app over the duration of the contest.
  3. The photograph must be taken by the person submitting the entry.
  4. Photographs must adhere to the following artistic and technical guidelines.
    1. The photo must be taken in the National Capital Region.
    2. The photo must feature the fall colours.
    3. The photo must be accompanied by the hashtag #FallRhapsody (or #ColorisAutomnal) AND the username @ncc_ccn.
    4. The photo must not have a signature or a digital watermark applied to it.
  5. For a photo in which a person is recognizable, a model release is required. Model releases are the responsibility of the entrant and must be presented in the event the photo is a winner.

Prize Package

One winner will receive an NCC prize package, including:

  • a Gatineau Park winter season pass;
  • an equipment rental from the Relais plein air du parc de la Gatineau;
  • an NCC Bistro gift card;
  • an item from our new merch; and
  • a copy of our Remarkable Trees book.

The total retail value of the prize is $350.

The winner is responsible for any additional expenses not mentioned above that are related to the use or claiming of the prize (such as transportation and shipping). If a portion of the prize is not used for any reason beyond the NCC’s control, no compensation will be provided to the winner.

    Selection of the Prize Winner

    The winner will be selected via a panel of NCC employees from among all participants who meet all participation requirements. Photographs will be judged on the basis of adherence to technical and artistic guidelines, creativity, and originality.

    The NCC will select the winner in Ottawa on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, and will notify them on the same day via their Instagram account.

    Awarding of the Prize

    In order for the winner to be awarded the prize package, they must fulfill the following requirements.

    • The participant must respond to the message from the NCC by the limit date (Thursday, November 4, 2022). The participant may reply by Instagram direct message or by email at
    • The participant will be asked by an NCC staff member to confirm eligibility and to provide relevant information (i.e. mailing address) in order for the prize package to be sent.
    • To be declared a winner, the participant must first correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question.

    Failure to comply with any of these above-mentioned conditions or any other condition contained in this document will result in the disqualification of the participant. A new winner will then be selected in accordance with the present set of rules

    Odds of Winning

    The odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received over the duration of the contest.

    Entries May Be Disqualified

    The NCC reserves the right to disqualify any individual attempting to enter through means that do not comply with contest regulations or are unfair to other participants (for example, the use of automated equipment to enter the contest, hacking and so on) or that are offensive or defamatory. Such persons may be referred to the proper legal authorities.

    Prizes Must Be Accepted As-Is

    The prize must be accepted as awarded, with no guarantee, and cannot be exchanged for a different prize or for money, transferred to another person, or combined with any other offer. The NCC reserves the right, with no restriction, to replace the prize with a prize of equal or greater value.

    Participants Must Comply With Contest Rules

    By participating in this contest, all participants accept the rules and regulations as described herein, and any decision rendered by the NCC, which is final and without appeal.

    Release From Liability

    By participating in this contest, participants hereby release and hold harmless the NCC from any and all liability associated with this contest.

    Participants in this contest are providing their information to the NCC.

    The NCC is not responsible for any printing or typographical errors contained in any document related to this contest.

    The NCC, its employees, agents, consultants, directors, partners, suppliers and representatives are released from all responsibility related to the malfunction of any computer component, application or any communication line; related to the loss or absence of the communication network; or related to any transmissions that are faulty, incomplete, incomprehensible or deleted by any computer or network that could impede or limit the possibility of any person participating in this contest, and are also released from all responsibility for any damage or loss that could result directly or indirectly, all or in part, from the downloading of any Internet page or application and by the transmission of any information related to entering this contest.

    The NCC shall not be responsible for any failure of the website or the Instagram app during the promotion or for any problem with or technical malfunction of a telephone network or lines, computer online system, server, access provider, computer equipment, software; or the failure of any email, online or Internet entry to be received by the NCC. In addition, the NCC shall not be responsible for any technical problem, traffic congestion on the Internet or on any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to the participant’s or any other person’s computer or property related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the promotion. The NCC reserves the right, at its discretion, to cancel or suspend this contest should a virus, bug or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the NCC corrupt the security or proper administration of the contest.

    By participating in this contest, any participant selected to be awarded the prize package absolves the NCC, and anyone for whom the NCC is responsible, of all responsibility for any damages they may suffer as a result of accepting or using the prize.

    Permission to Use Winner’s Name

    By participating in the contest, the winner accepts that their username and full name will be used for promotional purposes in any media or format (including the Internet) for this contest, without any other form of remuneration than the prize awarded.

    The name of the winner will be announced on the NCC Instagram account. However, it will be announced only once the winner has been contacted by the NCC and their eligibility has been confirmed.

    In no case shall the information provided by the participant, with the exception of the participant’s Instagram username and full name, be shared with a third party.

    Quebec Residents

    Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the board only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.