EVO 2018 - Contest Rules

Join the EVOlution!

To celebrate our love of nano aquariums, we're launching the #ProjectEVOlution Nano Reef Photo Contest.


It's time to show off your aquascaping skills! Submit up to 3 photos of YOUR nano reef aquarium (20 gallons or less) for a chance to win some fantastic prizes. While traditional "reef" aquariums are home to corals and/or other marine invertebrates, all of the following marine aquarium types are eligible for contest entry:

·         Traditional Reef Aquariums

·         Fish-Only Marine Aquariums

·         FOWLR (Fish Only With Live Rock) Aquariums

After the August 31st, 2018 contest submission deadline, our expert panel of judges will cast their votes to determine the Grand Prize and 2nd Place winners. Submitted photos will be judged based on the following criteria:

·         Aquascape/layout design

·         General creativity & style

·         Photo quality & clarity

The 3rd Place winner will be decided by community votes collected on Facebook from September 7th - 23rd, 2018. All contest winners will be announced via email and social media on September 27th, 2018.

By participating in the Big Al's Nano Reef Photo Contest, you agree to abide by all contest rules. If you do not wish to be bound by the contest rules, you may discontinue use of this site and/or not participate in the contest. You hereby agree and acknowledge that submission on an entry constitutes a binding legal agreement between you and Big Al's.


·         No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or win the contest.

·         Contest is open to all residents of Canada (excluding the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon) and the Contiguous United States,age 18 and over.

·         Contest participants must be the authors of their submitted photos.

·         One contest entry per email address is permitted.

·         Employees of Big Al's and their immediate families (spouses, parents, siblings, and children) are not eligible to enter or win the contest.

·         This contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

·         Big Al’s reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion and without prior notice. All decisions made by Big Al’s regarding this contest are final and binding.


Grand Prize - Fluval Sea EVO 13.5 Gallon Saltwater Kit with the following featured add-ons:

·         Current USA Orbit Marine PRO LED Reef Lighting System

·         Current USA Orbit LED Adjustable Tank Mount Bracket

·         Aqamai KPS Wi-Fi Controllable Wavemaker Pump

·         Eheim compactON Aquarium Pump - 1000

·         Cobalt Aquatics Neo-Therm Heater - 50 W

·         Boyd Chemi-Pure Elite - 6.5 oz

·         Eheim Suction Cups - 4 pk

2nd Place Prize - Current USA Orbit Marine PRO LED Reef Lighting System & Orbit LED Adjustable Tank Mount Bracket

3rd Place Prize (Community Choice) - $50 Big Al’s Gift Card

Big Al’s reserves the right to substitute a prize, or portions thereof, with a prize of equal or greater value. All prizes will be awarded.


Complete the entry form to be entered in the Nano Reef Photo Contest. Entries are to include 1 - 3 digital photographs of a qualifying nano aquarium in .jpg, .jpeg, or .png format, submitted electronically. Awarded prizes will either be sent to the selected Big Al's location for pick-up or will be shipped via Canada Post depending on winner preference. If direct shipment is preferred, winners will be asked to provide a viable address for prize delivery. Incomplete entries will not be eligible. Contest entries will be accepted from May 13th - August 31st, 2018.


Digital alteration of submitted photos, with the exception of photo cropping, is not permitted and will result in disqualification from the contest. Before the contest prizes are awarded, the selected winners will be required to prove ownership of the aquarium that was photographed and submitted with their entry. In the event that a selected winner is unable to prove ownership, their entry will be disqualified and the next runner-up will be awarded the respective prize. If our judges determine that an entrant has digitally altered his or her photo(s), Big Al's reserves the right to disqualify their entry.

Photographs entered must not have been previously published. Entrants must own all rights to the photographs submitted. As such, entrants hold Big Al’s and any contest sponsors harmless from any breach of copyright. Photographs that have been published in a magazine, newspaper, or website are not eligible. Photographs that violate or infringe upon another person’s copyright are not eligible. 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 that a photo is selected as a winner. Photographs must have been shot within the contest time frame (May 13th - August 31st, 2018). Entries must be submitted online via the entry methods outlined above. Big Al’s and the contest judges reserve the right to disqualify entries that do not adhere to these rules or include inappropriate content.


By entering the Big Al's Nano Reef Contest, you agree and consent to Big Al's' collection, use, and retention of your personal information for all purposes related to this contest (including, but not limited to processing and administering entries, communicating with and awarding prizes to winners, making public announcements about winners, and advertising, promoting, or publicizing this contest or any other contest).


By entering the Big Al's Nano Reef Contest, each entrant agrees to release and hold Big Al's, its subsidiaries, affiliated companies, and employees, officers, directors, agents, and legal advisors harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the contest, the entry process, or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use or misuse of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. All federal, state, provincial, and local laws and regulations apply.

Big Al's, its subsidiaries, and affiliated companies, agents, and representatives are not responsible for error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operations or transmission, computer transmissions, or for technical, electronic, hardware or software, network, internet, or computer malfunctions of any kind; or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive registration information by Big Al's on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website or any combination thereof.

Entrants agree to release and hold harmless Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter from and against any claims arising out of or in conjunction with the contest or receipt or use of any prize. Further, entrants acknowledge that this contest is in no way sponsored by, endorsed by, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.


All entries must be uploaded and submitted through the appropriate contest entry channels outlined above by August 31st, 2018. Any entries received after this time will not be considered.


The Grand Prize and 2nd Place winners of the Big Al's Nano Reef Photo Contest will be selected by a panel of Big Al’s judges. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to disqualify or discount any entrant or submitted photo. Winners will be notified by e-mail by September 27th, 2018, and must reply to claim their respective prize by October 12th, 2018. Failure to do so will result in Big Al's selecting a replacement winner for that respective prize. All decisions are final.


A selection of photos will be published to Facebook for voting to determine the 3rd Place winner (Community Choice). Users will be able to cast their votes from September 7th - 23rd, 2018 by “liking” their chosen photographs. Any number of photographs can be “liked” by any user. After the voting period has expired, the "likes" will be tallied to determine the 3rd place Community Choice prize winner.


With regard to any photograph submitted to this contest, the entrant, or the owner of copyright in the photograph, retains copyright. By uploading or submitting any photograph to this contest, the entrant grants (or warrant that the owner of such materials expressly grants) Big Al’s a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any Big Al’s relevant purpose, including, but not limited to advertising and promotional materials, its website, exhibition, commercial products, and any other Big Al’s publications. Big Al’s will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.