Share The Thrill Photo Contest Rules



THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS SPONSORED BY THE SPORTSMAN’S GUIDE, INC. IT IS NOT SPONSORED, ENDORSED OR ADMINISTERED BY, OR ASSOCIATED WITH INSTAGRAM OR TWITTER. You understand that you are providing your information to Sportsman’s Guide, Inc. and not to Instagram or Twitter.


The Share The Thrill Photo Contest (“Contest”) begins at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET“) on March 1, 2016 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on January 20, 2017 (“Contest Period“). The Contest consists of four (4) submission periods (each an “Entry Period” and collectively the “Entry Periods“) and one voting period as set forth below:


Entry Period 1:                          Starts: March 1, 2016                   Ends: May 15, 2016

Entry Period 2:                          Starts: May 16, 2016                     Ends: July 31, 2016

Entry Period 3:                          Starts: August 1, 2016                   Ends: October 16, 2016

Entry Period 4:                          Starts: October 17, 2016              Ends: December 31, 2016

Voting Period:                           Starts: January 9, 2017                 Ends: January 20, 2017


Between January 1, 2017 and January 9, 2017 the Sponsor will get the website ready for public voting.


The Contest is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or District of Columbia who as of the date of his/her submission is 18 years of age or older (19 in AL and NE). Individuals who are employees, contractors, or agents of The Sportsman’s Guide, Inc. (“Sponsor“), and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies, and the immediate family members (e.g. spouses, domestic partners, parents, children and siblings and their respective spouses or domestic partners, regardless of where they live) or members of the same households (whether related or not) of such individuals are not eligible to enter or win. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Winning a Prize is contingent upon not only proof of eligibility but upon fulfilling all requirements of the Official Rules.


There are three ways to enter:

  • Enter through Sponsor’s website. During the Entry Period: 1) snap your best photo that shows your passion for the outdoors (the “Submission”); 2) upload the Submission at ; and 3) complete and submit the entry form as instructed.
  • Enter through Instagram. During the Entry Period: upload the Submission on Instagram with the hashtag #ShareTheThrillContest in the post.
  • Enter through Twitter. During the Entry Period upload the Submission on Twitter with the hashtag # ShareTheThrillContest in the post.

Special Considerations for Website Entries:  During the entry process, you will be required to provide certain information, including first and last name and email address and confirm your agreement to these Official Rules and the Pixlee Terms of Service.  ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY December 31, 2016.  Limit of three entries per person per day and per email account during the applicable Entry Period.  In addition, during the entry process, entrants have the option to sign-up for Sponsor’s email marketing program.   Consenting to receive email marketing is optional and does not increase an entrant’s odds of winning.   Entrants may opt-out of the receipt of such emails at any time following the directions in Sponsor’s Privacy Policy or in any email marketing messages received from Sponsor.

Special Considerations for Instagram Entries: You must have your Instagram profile settings as PUBLIC to enter your Submission. To participate in the Sweepstakes, if you do not already have an Instagram account, download the free Instagram application (compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android) and create an account as instructed. Getting an Instagram account is free. Submission entries must comply with Instagram’s Terms of Use, which can be found at ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY December 31, 2016. Limit of three entries per person per day and per Instagram account during the applicable Entry Period. Use of multiple Instagram accounts to enter by the same individual is prohibited and may result in disqualification. Submissions will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the Instagram account from which the Submission is uploaded at the time of the entry, as identified by the primary email address associated with that account. Submissions will not be acknowledged or returned.

Special Considerations for Twitter Entries: You must have your Twitter profile settings as PUBLIC (not protected) to enter your Submission. To participate in the Sweepstakes, if you do not already have a Twitter account, download the free Twitter application (compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android) and create an account as instructed. Getting a Twitter account is free. Submission entries must comply with Twitter’s Terms of Service, which can be found at ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY December 31, 2016. Limit of three entries per person per day and per Twitter account during the applicable Entry Period. Use of multiple Twitter accounts to enter by the same individual is prohibited and may result in disqualification. Submissions will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the Twitter account from which the Submission is uploaded at the time of the entry, as identified by the primary email address associated with that account. Submissions will not be acknowledged or returned.

Any attempt by any entrant to obtain more than the permitted number of entries will automatically void all of that entrant’s Entries and the entrant may be disqualified from all participation. Use of any automated system to enter is prohibited and will disqualify the entrant an all of their attempted or actual Entries. Any decision to void an entry or disqualify and entrant is made at Sponsor’s sole discretion. After all requirements have been met, unless the Submission does not otherwise meet the requirements of these Official Rules, the entrants will receive one entry for the applicable Entry Period (“Entry” and collectively “Entries”) and be eligible to be selected as a Finalist (as defined below).

At any time during or after the Contest Period, Sponsor reserves the right to contact entrant about using their photograph in certain marketing or advertising channels, including, without limitation, catalogs, website, online, or social media, even if the photograph was not selected as a Finalist. An entrant’s participation in any featured marketing opportunities is entirely optional, is not a requirement for the Contest, does not improve (or decrease) your odds of winning, and may be conditioned on terms and conditions different than those contained in these Official Rules.


The Submission must comply with the following requirements: (i) the Submission may not feature any person other than entrant unless entrant has obtained all necessary written permissions and releases from such persons prior to submission and such persons are over the age of majority in his/her state of legal residence; (ii) other than the Sponsor, its products, brands and/or logos, the Submission may not show, contain, mention, depict, refer or otherwise allude to the name, logo or product of any other retailer, manufacturer, brand, product, store, place of business, person, company or character in such a way or manner as to imply an affiliation with, or endorsement of, the Sponsor, its products, brands and/or this Sweepstakes; (iii) the Submission must be entrant’s own original work (or the entrant must have the rights from the photographer / videographer to make the submission), created solely by entrant and not created professionally; must not have been previously published, released or distributed in any form; must not have won any award; and must not infringe the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other personal or proprietary rights of any person or entity; (iv) the Submission may not contain, mention, refer or otherwise allude to any material that is violent, lewd, obscene, sexually explicit, pornographic, disparaging, defamatory, libelous, racially or morally offensive or otherwise contain inappropriate content or objectionable material; (v) the Submission cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs or tobacco (or the use of any of the foregoing), any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any political agenda or message, or in any way promote the illegal, unsafe or irresponsible use of firearms, weapons, or hunting equipment; (vi) the Submission cannot in any manner defame, misrepresent, contain disparaging remarks or reflect negatively about Sponsor, its products, or other people, products or companies or their products, or in any way reflect negatively upon such parties or explicitly or implicitly communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill with which Sponsor wishes to be associated, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion; (vii) the Submission cannot contain any personal identification, such as personal names, email addresses or street addresses, without express permission; (viii) the Submission cannot itself be in violation of any law; and (ix) the Submission must otherwise be in compliance with these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Submission that Sponsor believes, in its sole discretion, does not comply with or is in violation of these Official Rules or that otherwise contains prohibited or inappropriate content.


By submitting a Submission, the entrant represents and warrants that he/she has all rights, title and interest necessary to grant the Sponsor the worldwide, irrevocable and unrestricted right and license to adapt, publish, use, edit, and/or modify such Submission in any way and post the Submission on the internet or use the Submission in any other way and agrees to indemnify and hold Sponsor harmless from any claims to the contrary.


Each person who enters this Sweepstakes represents and warrants as follows: (i) entrant has obtained any and all necessary permissions required to submit the Submission and for Sponsor’s right to use the Submission for any purpose, including the consent of any identifiable third person(s) appearing in the Submission, and entrant can and will make written copies of such permissions available to Sponsor upon request; (ii) the Submission is owned by entrant and has not been previously published, distributed or otherwise exploited; (iii) the Submission is wholly original with entrant and, as of the date of submission, the Submission is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim; (iv) the Submission does not and will not violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or entity, including, but not limited to, rights of privacy and publicity; and (v) the Submission does not and will not violate any applicable laws, and is not and will not be considered defamatory or libelous. Each entrant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold the Sponsor, Administrator and their subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors harmless from and against any and all third party claims, actions or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs and expenses relating to or arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the warranties, representations or agreements of entrant hereunder.


Following the conclusion of each Entry Period, judges designated by Sponsor will select 5 Entries from among all Entries received during the applicable Entry Period (“based on the following judging criteria, weighted as indicated:

  • 60% overall appeal of the photograph: and
  • 40% quality of the photograph and relationship to theme “Share Your Thrill.“

The 5 Entries with the highest scores, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, will be deemed a “Finalist“ eligible to win Prizes and included in the Voting Period. In the event of a tie, an additional tie-breaking judge will determine which of the tied Entries will be a Finalist using the Judging Criteria. A person can only be a Finalist once for the entire Contest. The one Finalist that had the highest score in each Entry Period will win the Entry Period Prize described below in Section 9, subject to responding to notifications in compliance with Section 10.


All Finalists will be included in the Voting Period. The voting results will determine the Contest winners. The Finalist Entries with the most valid votes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, will determine one (1) potential Grand Prize Winner, one (1) potential 1st Place Winner, and one (1) potential 2nd Place Winner. In the event of a tie, the Sponsor judges will determine which of the tied Entries will be deemed a Voting Finalist Winner based on the Judging Criteria (as defined above)

To vote in the Contest, during the Voting Period, individuals must access the Contest Application on, and then follow the directions to vote for one of the Finalists. Limit one (1) vote per person per Entry per day during the Voting Period. You may only vote once per day during the Voting Period for an individual Entry. You may vote for an unlimited number of Entries per day during the Voting Period. Votes received from any person or email address in excess of the stated limitation will be void. You are prohibited from obtaining votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public, or trading votes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Any votes obtained, or reasonably believed, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to be obtained, by fraudulent or inappropriate means will be void and any entrant determined to be involved in such activities, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, may be disqualified. Votes actually or reasonably believed, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to be, generated by script, macro or other automated means or with the intent to impair the integrity of the voting process will be void. If the voting process fails to operate properly or appears to be tampered with or tainted with errors, fraud or unfair practices, the Sponsor in its sole discretion reserves the right to use another means to determine the prize winners (i.e. by appointing a panel of judges). Entrants may not pay people or provide any other type of consideration in exchange for votes. Any entrant who violates the ban on paying or providing consideration in exchange for votes will be disqualified.


The following prizes will be awarded:

  • Grand Prize: One grand prize will be awarded. Grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 Sportsman’s Guide gift card.
  • First Prize: One first prize will be awarded. First prize winner will receive a $500 Sportsman’s Guide gift card.
  • Second Prize: One second prize will be awarded. Second prize winner will receive a $250 Sportsman’s Guide gift card.
  • Entry Period Prize: One $100 Sportsman’s’ Guide gift card will be awarded to the Entry Period Winner for each Entry Period.

In addition, the photographs submitted with the winning Entries will be featured in some manner in Sponsor’s marketing or advertising, including, without limitation, Sponsor’s catalogs or website.

Prizes are not transferable. Prize substitution nor will not be allowed, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor. Prizes are awarded “as is“ with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. Prize winners are solely responsible for all applicable taxes and fees associate with Prize receipt and use. U.S. winners may be issued an IRS 1099 form for Prizes with an ARV over $600. No more than the stated number of Prizes will be awarded. Only one (1) Prize is permitted per person and per family or household.


Entry Period Winners will be determined within approximately 2 weeks of the end of the applicable Entry Period.  Contest winners will be determined on or about 1/16/2017; Sponsor will select (1) entry for each of the Grand, First and Second Prizes described in Section 9 based the Finalists that receive the most votes. POTENTIAL WINNERS, WHETHER FOR an Entry Period or the contest, WHO ENTERED VIA SPONSOR’S webSite will be notifed using the email address provided with the entry. potential winner WHO ENTERED VIA INSTAGRAM will be notified by DIRECT MESSAGE ON INSTAGRAM from @Sportsmansguide and will be required to respond within 48 hours of notification via email. Potential winner WHO ENTERED VIA TWITTER will be notified by DIRECT MESSAGE ON TWITTER FROM @sportsmansguide and will be required to respond within 48 hours of notification via email. All Potential winners must follow the initial prize claim instructions and any subsequent claim instructions, or the prize will be forfeited in its entirety. It is recommended that you confirm your Instagram and/or Twitter notification settings are turned on. Sponsor’s decisions as to the administration and operation of the Sweepstakes and the selection of the potential winner is final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes. Failure to respond to an initial notification within 48 hours will result in disqualification.


By entering, each entrant agrees to: (a) comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and/or the judges which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Contest; (b) release and hold harmless the Sponsor, and its parents, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, the prize suppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a participant’s entry, creation of an entry or submission of an entry, participation in the Contest, acceptance or use or misuse of prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, exploitation or use of entry; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorney’s fees) arising out of or relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s acceptance, use or misuse of prize.


Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’ failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.


By participating in this Contest, except where prohibited by law, You irrevocably grant (and agree to confirm in writing) Sponsor permission to use Your name, address (city and state), photograph, Entry information, voice and/or video and prize information for advertising, trade, publicity and/or promotional purposes without further compensation (unless prohibited by law), in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide in perpetuity, without notice or review or approval and further agree to execute any specific consent needed or requested by Sponsor or its designees in furtherance of such use. Personal information submitted is subject to the Sponsor’s privacy policy available at


The Released Parties are not responsible for: (a) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (b) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (c) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (d) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (e) any injury, death or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If for any reason an entrant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Contest, provided that if it is not possible to make another entry due to discontinuance of the Contest, or any part of it, for any reason, Sponsor, at its discretion, may elect to hold a random drawing from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for any or all of the prizes offered herein. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.


Entrants agree (and agree to confirm in writing) that: (i) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for St. Paul, Minnesota or the appropriate Minnesota State Court located in St. Paul, Minnesota; (ii) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (iii) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and/or consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Minnesota.


For the names of the winners, visit The winner list will be posted after winner confirmation is complete, which is anticipated to be on or about 1/18/2017.

The Sportsman’s Guide, Inc., 411 Farwell Avenue, S. St. Paul, MN 55075.

 This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram or Twitter. Any and all questions, comments or complaints regarding the Sweepstakes must be directed only to Sponsor and not Instagram or Twitter.

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19 Responses to “Share The Thrill Photo Contest Rules”

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  3. Jessica Rymdeika

    After hunting 2 years with my Dad, November 2nd 2015, around 6 pm, a three pointer came walking behind our tree stand within 20 yards and I made a great shot. The buck ran about 15 yards and laid down. As we were waiting, another 4 pointer buck came walking up the same trail as the 3 pointer. After the 4 pointer walked around my buck three times, it started charging and fighting my buck as it was lying down. The grunting noises coming from the charging 4 pointer, was very loud and scary. After 20 minutes of doing so, the 4 pointer ran away and we were able to get out out the tree stand and claim my buck. This experience was one of the most greatest and scariest experience of my life of 13 years. My passion for hunting will not change and I will continue to go out hunting with my father by my side.

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  5. Paul Wanzenried

    I posted a photo of my daughter and I. It was in the gallery, now it’s not. Was it removed for some reason? Please advise.

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  9. Timothy Dunn

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  10. Thomas S. Bailey

    I am Thomas Bailey being a life-long resident of West Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains.
    I am 55 years old, soon to be 56. I rarely hunt or fish anymore, however I am an avid
    outdoorsman and nature photographer. My web site listed above contains around 3,500 images
    of various plants, animals of all shapes and sizes. Also, I enjoy photographing all types of outdoor
    and pastoral scenes exclusively in West Virginia with a few exceptions on occasion. I appreciate
    the opportunity to share some images with “Sportsman’s Guide” and their customers. I will make every effort to comply with any and all rules posted by Sportsman’s Guide concerning photo entries for contests and hopefully will have the chance to share some of my images with fellow and lady outdoor persons and photographers. My photography is my hobby and is not commercial
    via my web site or otherwise. Best wishes to all those good folks who share in my love of the great outdoors!
    Good luck to all those nature enthusiasts out there! Very sincerely, Thomas Bailey, West Virginia

  11. nancy e. t. rickett

    I love the great deals and presents I plan to get from your sales.i hope I understand and get on twitter. I have an old computer but I sure am going to try to win!!nancy in al.i love blue cat we are at Weiss lake where they have crappie and bass contest each year big money and great prizes kids day and all.

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  13. Steve

    Can I submit the same photo again if it was in the previous contest?

  14. James Wendt

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  15. Nicole Pullins

    How long does it take after submitting my photo (s) before they will show up in the gallery? I submitted one over an hour ago and still do not see it. Thank You!

    • Jake Dybedahl

      Hi Nicole. We usually get them up within one business day. I just approved your photo, and it should be appearing in the gallery now.

  16. Billy Bishop

    I have loaded 9 pictures in the last 3 days and only 3 are showing up just checking if there is a problem

    • Jake Dybedahl

      Hi Billy. We’ve approved all 10 of the photos that you have submitted. We’ve received almost 1,400 entries so far, so it may be hard to find your photo in the gallery!