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CLOSED: Tote Bag Design Contest


To celebrate Maine's first in the nation, statewide bag ban, taking effect on Earth Day (4/22/20), the Surfrider Maine Chapter is holding a design contest in which the winning design will be featured on recycled cotton canvas reusable totes!

Surfrider Maine is developing an accessibility program to help financially challenged communities, families, and individuals in Maine get fair and free access to reusable shopping bags. The design selected as the winner in this contest will be printed on the totes to be distributed through this program, and participants in our Earth Day beach cleanup on 4/25/20 will be given the opportunity to purchase the tote at a discounted price.

The remainder of the bags will be available for purchase as a way to support our Chapter.


Create an original design that uniquely represents both Maine and Surfrider’s mission - to protect and enjoy the world's oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.



-Design may contain a maximum of three (3) unique colors
(This is a requirement for the printing process of the recycled tote bags)
-Design must fit in a 8.5"W x 10"H area
-Design must NOT include any recreation of the Surfrider logo
-NO inappropriate or vulgar text or imagery allowed
-Design must be your own original, unpublished work and may not include any third-party logos or copyrighted material
-Must be submitted in digital format (*AI, *EPS, PDF, JPG, PNG,) *preferred format
-Surfrider Maine Chapter reserves the right to alter the winning design prior to printing, including changes in image size and ink color


-Must be a resident of the state of Maine
-Must be 13 years or older
-Not required to be a member of the Surfrider Maine Chapter
-No purchase necessary to enter
-All ownership rights to the selected design to be used by the Surfrider Foundation Maine Chapter shall be transferred to the Surfrider Foundation Maine Chapter for unlimited use in perpetuity.


All entries must be submitted no later than February 27th, 2020 11:59PM EST. Three finalists will be announced on Monday March 2, 2020. The winner will be selected by an online public poll. Voting will be open to members and non-members alike. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 6, 2020.


The winner will receive three Recycled Cotton Canvas Tote Bags featuring their winning design, a $50.00 Gift Card to GoGo Refill in South Portland, ME, and one $25 Surfrider Annual Membership!

Keep reading for even more details on the tote bag design contest...

ENTRY - To participate in the Contest, an eligible participant (“Contestant”) must submit an original design that uniquely represents both Maine and Surfrider’s mission - to protect and enjoy the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Each Contestant’s design must be submitted in digital format via upload by following the contest link at Entries that are sent via mail or email will not be accepted. A Contestant will automatically be considered “entered” into the Contest upon submission of their original design. 

All designs must be submitted by the original source of image. All designs submitted must adhere to copyright and accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Entries should preferably be uploaded in vector format as AI or EPS files (Adobe Illustrator). Acceptable formats also include PDF, JPG or PNG. Please note that the winning design will need to be converted to an AI or EPS vector image in order to fulfill requirements by the producer of the tote bags. 

LIMITATIONS ON ELIGIBILITY  - Paid, full-time or part-time employees, members of the Maine Chapter’s Executive Committee, their families, and others associated with the administration of the Contest, are not permitted to participate in this Contest. 

CONTEST PERIOD - The 2020 Surfrider Maine Chapter Reusable Tote Bag Design Contest (the “Contest”) is a one-time contest which begins February 13, 2020, 7:00 pm EST, and ends February 27, 2020, 11:59 pm EST (the “Contest Period”). 

PRIZES - The Contestant with the winning design will be the Grand Prize winner. There will only be one (1) Grand Prize. Grand Prize consists of: Winner’s design featured on three (3) Recycled Cotton Canvas Tote Bags branded with the Surfrider Maine logo; one (1) $50.00 Gift Card to GoGo Refill in South Portland, ME; one (1) Surfrider Annual Membership with an ARV of $25 United States Dollars. 

The Prize Award is final. No substitution of prizes is permitted. The prizes will be awarded “AS IS” and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OF ANY PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. Surfrider reserves the right to substitute a prize during the course of the Contest. In such a case, no cash equivalent or cash substitute will be offered. 

SELECTION PROCESS - Eligible entries will be judged by the Surfrider Maine Chapter Executive Committee. Voting will begin as Contest launches on February 13, 2020, as designs are uploaded, and continue through March 1, 2020. Three finalists, chosen by the Surfrider Maine Chapter Executive Committee, will be entered into a poll to be voted on by the Surfrider Maine Chapter community. The poll to decide the winner will run from March 2, 2020 until March 5, 2020. The contestant with the most votes by the Surfrider community will be the winner of the contest. In the event of a tie, Surfrider staff will vote and identify the winner. Odds of winning depend on the number of entrants participating in the contest. 

WINNER NOTIFICATION - Winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements of these Official Rules and Surfrider’s decisions as to the administration of the Contest. Winners will be notified on or before March 6, 2020, by telephone, email, and/or U.S. mail. In the event that an Entrant’s email address, telephone number, or address or residence changes, it is the Entrant’s responsibility to notify Surfrider of such change. In the event that any prize notification is undeliverable, Surfrider is unable to contact a Winner, or response to prize notification is not received within ten (10) days, the prize may be forfeited. The Winner may be required to certify and complete an affidavit of eligibility and liability and, where legal, publicity release must be delivered to Surfrider within ten (10) days, or an alternate Winner may be selected. 

PUBLICITY/USE OF NAME AND LIKENESS - Except where prohibited by law, your entry in the Contest constitutes your consent for Surfrider to use your name, city and state of residence, likeness, photograph, and image for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes in any media, online or offline, without further permission, consent, payment, or other consideration. Residents in certain states may be subject to further requests for express written consent. 

By entering the Contest, you hereby grant the Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, licensees, and legal representatives the unrestricted, absolute, perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide right (but not the obligation) and license to use, copy, modify, edit, create derivative works from, display, transmit, perform, distribute, publish, exhibit and otherwise use the submitted work. 

Submissions for any and all purposes, in any and all media or form of communication, whether now existing or hereafter developed, including on the Contest site and any websites owned by Sponsor, its affiliates or anyone acting with Sponsor’s authority. Entry in the Contest constitutes permission to the Sponsor, its affiliates and their agencies to use entrants’ names, voice, likeness, age, city, state and/or image and Submissions for any and all purposes in any and all media, including, but not limited to, for advertising and trade, without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. You hereby waive any and all rights that exist in your Submission(s) or any portion or element thereof, and any derivative works made therefrom. Without limiting the foregoing or anything else contained herein, Sponsor shall expressly have the unrestricted right to crop, splice, treat and edit all Submissions and any portion thereof at its sole discretion, and each entrant waives the right to inspect or approve the finished product, now and in the future, whether that use is known or unknown to entrant. You represent and warrant that: (i) all rights to the Submission are original to you and the Submission and that you have the unrestricted right to use all of the same as permitted herein and that the Submission does not and shall not infringe on any copyright, trademark or any other third party right nor violate any applicable law or regulation, (ii) you have the right to grant any and all necessary rights and licenses provided herein, including without limitation, all necessary copyright and other related rights to the Submission, free and clear of all claims and encumbrances, without violating the rights of any person or entity, including, but not limited to, any right to privacy or publicity, and (iii) you hereby hold the Sponsor and its affiliates harmless from and against any third party claim arising from use of the Submission and you waive any right to inspect or approve any uses of the Submission or to be compensated for any such uses.