Terms & Conditions

Your Big Year is managed by International Connector LLC ("Manager"). Your participation in Your Big Year is subject to the following terms and conditions:


The 2018 Your Big Year Contest (the “Contest”) begins April 12 at 9:00 a.m. (PDT) and ends June 1, 2018, 12:00 p.m. (PDT).


Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these official rules (“Official Rules”). By submitting an entry, each applicant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules.


The 2018 Your Big Year is open for applicants who are:

- currently living, working or studying in the United States,

- between the ages of 16 years old-25 years old, and

- have parent approval for 16 and 17 year old applicants as confirmed by agreeing to these terms and conditions.

To be considered for one of the traveler places, an applicant must have a completed application by 11:59 p.m. PDT, May 25, 2018, as outlined in the enclosed rules.

Information Provided by You

Information submitted by you for the purpose of being considered for Your Big Year will be used for judging purposes only with the following exceptions:

  • Information and data aggregated from all submissions may be shared through media releases and other means without mention of individual names.

  • Should you win a traveler place on Your Big Year, your name may be mentioned along with some specifics from your entry indicating why you were chosen.

Agreement to Rules

Participation in Your Big Year constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and the decisions of Your Big Year, the manager and the judges which are final and binding.

To Enter

To enter, visit www.yourbigyear.com; simply enter a valid email address and confirm your agreement to the Terms and Conditions.

More information will be sent to valid email addresses and will be provided across Your Big Year social media channels regarding the application process, which will include confirmation of identity and address, and a submission of a photograph and short video statement.

The deadline for all entries and completed applications is 11:59 p.m. PDT, May 25, 2018.

Submitted Application Materials

By registering a valid email address, the applicant represents, warrants, and covenants that all information provided is truthful and accurate.

Any information submitted must be valid and must be yours.  Any photograph or video, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the applicant or by someone else with their permission to use the material. By entering Your Big Year, applicant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph and video are an original work created solely by the applicant, that the photograph and video do not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph and video.

The photograph and video must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Manager, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.

Watermarks are unacceptable. Unless Manager receives a non-watermarked version of the entry within ten (10) days following its request, the entry will be disqualified.

Manager reserves the right to examine the original photograph/video/source material in order to confirm compliance with these rules.

Winner Determination

There is one competition for Your Big Year Travel participants.  All applicants will be reviewed for compliance to the rules. Based on the quantitative information gathered, a shortlist of finalists will be delivered to our judges. Each judge will have a list of criteria to make their decisions.  The decisions of the judges are final.

Judging consists of three (3) rounds of evaluation. In round one, pre-selection will be made by Manager.  In round two a panel of peer judges will collectively select a group of finalists based on engagement, quality and subject matter.  The group of finalists will all be required to have working video conference interviews and further information will be collected at this time. In round three, a panel of Your Big Year partner Judges will select no more than four Winners. Winners will be chosen May 25-June 5, and will be notified by e-mail. Decisions of the Judges are final and binding.

Promotion of Applicants and Winners

Names of Your Big Year applicants and winners may be promoted through an extensive media campaign, posted on the Your Big Year website and the partner websites and may be posted or printed in any of the Manager’s social media pages or publications, either print or digital.


By visiting, using or submitting content to this website, including the yourbigyear.com, internationalconnector.com domain names and other sites owned, operated or controlled by the Sponsors (collectively, the "Website"), you agree to the terms and conditions set forth herein (the "Rules"), which apply to all users of the Website ("Users"). Please do not use the Website if you do not agree to these Rules and/or the Sponsors' Privacy Policy.


If the photograph or video contains any material or elements that are not owned by the applicant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph or video, the applicant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph or video, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph or video in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any photograph or video is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

Upon Manager's request, each applicant must be prepared to provide (within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of Manager's request) a signed release from all persons who appear in the photograph or video submitted, and/or from the owner of any material that appears in the photograph or video entry, authorizing Manager and its licensees (“Authorized Parties”) to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in connection with Your Big Year and promotion of Your Big Year, in any media now or hereafter known. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in disqualification at any time during Your Big Year and selection of an alternate winner.

Program Prizes

The Your Big Year USA 2018 Winners will receive a trip as designated in our 2018 Itinerary and provided for by our official partners.

Entrants acknowledge that the Manager or our Your Big Year partners and sponsors are not responsible for any fees the winner may incur in addition to the advertised prize. Any additional fees are sole responsibility of the prize winner and guest. This includes, but is not limited to, relevant travel fees, transport, upgrades and food or beverages.

In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize is/are ineligible, cannot be traced or does/do not respond within five (5) days to a winner notification as required by the “Contest Prizes” rules above, or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Manager, in its sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another applicant.


By entering Your Big Year, all entrants grant an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to Manager and their partners, to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in connection with the program and promotion of the program, in any media now or hereafter known, for no additional compensation, including, but not limited to: display at a potential exhibition of winners or online highlighting entries or winners of the program or broadcasts of the webisodes and/or general video footage (the “License”). Applicants consent to Manager doing or omitting to do any act that would otherwise infringe the applicant’s “moral rights” in their entries. Display or publication of any entry on an Authorized Party’s website does not indicate the applicant will be selected as a winner. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use as authorized by the License. Additionally, by entering, each applicant grants to Authorized Parties the unrestricted right to use all statements made in connection with the Program, and pictures, videos or likenesses of Program applicants, or choose not to do so, at their sole discretion, except where prohibited by law. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.

General Conditions

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of Your Big Year is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, or other technical problem, the Manager may, in its sole discretion, suspend the Program to address the impairment and then resume in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules. The Manager reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any applicant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Program or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Program may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Manager reserves the right to seek damages from any such applicant to the fullest extent permitted by law. The Manager's failure to enforce any term of these Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. The authorized account holder is defined as the applicant which is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

Release and Limitations of Liability

By participating in Your Big Year, applicant agrees to release, discharge, and hold harmless the Manager, Your Big Year, Your Big Year partners and sponsors, Judges, and their affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, sales representatives, agents, advertising, marketing and promotion agencies, consultants, contractors and prize providers, and each of their respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents, and representatives, and each of these companies’ and individuals’ respective successors, representatives (collectively, “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Your Big Year program or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Awards; (b) technical errors related to computers, servers, providers, or telephone or network lines; (c) printing or faxing errors; (e) errors in the administration of the program or the processing of entries; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from applicant’s participation in the Program or receipt of any prize. Applicant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Program, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney’s fees. Applicant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

Governing Law

Except where prohibited, Applicant agrees that any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, Your Big Year or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in California, United States of America. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, Applicant's rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Manager in connection with the Program, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws in California, United States of America, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether California, United States of America or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than in California, United States of America.

Disclaimer of Warranty

Although we work very hard to provide you with the most current and accurate information on our Site, we can’t and don’t warrant that everything you see on this Site is up-to-date, error-free, or complete. While we may periodically add, modify, or delete any of the information on this Site, we don’t make any commitment or assume any obligation or duty to do so, and you should assume that the information is current and up-to-date only as of the date it is posted to this Site. Neither we nor any of our consultants for this Site will be liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages arising out of your access to or use of this Site. Everything on this Site is provided to you “as is” without warranty of any kind either expressed or implied, including but not limited to any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or noninfringement. Some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties so this statement may not apply to you.

Data Privacy

Applicants agree that personal data, especially name and address, may be processed, shared, and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the Contest and any other purposes outlined in these Official Rules. The data may also be used by the Manager in order to verify the applicant's identity or to otherwise verify the applicant's eligibility to participate in the Program. Applicants have the right to access, review, rectify, or cancel any personal data held by the Manager by writing to the Manager. Personal data will be used by the Manager, Program sponsors and its affiliates exclusively for the purposes stated herein.


The Manager and Your Big Year are not responsible for policies and practices of other websites that are accessible by hyperlink from our Site.  Acknowledgment that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter or YouTube.

Last updated:

May 9, 2018