Rules of entry

Energy Realities Competition 2013-2014

Sponsored by Statoil


  1. The Energy Realities Competition (the “Competition”) is open to any individual from any country and over the age of 18 other than: (a) employees (or family members of employees) of, or other individuals that belong to, any company/institution represented on the judging panel; and (b) employees (or family members of employees) of The Economist Group or the competition supporter Statoil.
  1. Entries are free of charge.
  1. When entering, entrants must supply all mandatory information about themselves.
  1. Entries must not exceed the size limit stated for each deliverable (whether an essay, video, or infographic).
  1. Entries must be entered into one category only. An individual cannot enter into multiple categories, only the first entry from an individual will be accepted. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) reserves the right to remove all subsequent entries.
  1. Entries via third parties and automated entries are not permitted.
  1. Entries must be made via and entrants must submit either an essay, a video or an infographic using the online entry form. Entries will not be accepted by any other means.
  1. Only genuine email addresses may be used to submit entries. Any entries made with invalid email addresses will not be accepted.
  1. Entries not submitted in accordance with the Competition rules and terms and conditions or entries that are incomplete or illegible (at the EIU’s sole discretion) will not be included in the Competition.
  1. The EIU will not accept physical items of supporting material. If any such material is received, it will not be passed to the judges and the EIU takes no responsibility for such material.
  1. Upon making an entry, entrants must ensure that all information submitted is accurate. Should any dispute arise the EIU holds no responsibility as to the accuracy of entries.
  1. Entries must be received by 5.00 pm GMT on 23 December 2013. Only entries that are duly received before the closing date will be eligible for the Competition. The EIU will not accept responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed or damaged. Proof of sending an entry is not proof that it has been received.
  1. Once an entry has been submitted, the entrant will receive a confirmation email. Once received the entry will stand and no further entries can be made by that entrant.
  1. Once submitted, entries are confirmed and the entrant can make no further amendments.
  1. By submitting an entry, the entrant confirms that they have read and agreed to (and will be deemed to have accepted) these Competition rules.
  1. If entrants fail to comply with the Competition rules, or the EIU has reason to believe that an entry is not genuine, the EIU reserves the right to disqualify the entry, as well as hold the entrant responsible for any losses we may suffer.
  1. Entrants are able to withdraw entries. Should an entrant wish to withdraw an entry, they must do so before 5.00 pm GMT on 23 December 2013 upon written request to the EIU. An entrant that withdraws an entry cannot subsequently make another entry to the Competition.
  1. The EIU reserves the right to amend these Competition rules at any time.

About your entry and how we might use it:

  1.  By entering the Competition:
  • a) you agree that any entry you submit may be published by the EIU, members of The Economist Group [and their selected sub-licensees] and Statoil in perpetuity from the date of submission, throughout the world in any and all media whether now known or hereafter invented without further remuneration (“permitted purposes”). This includes, without limitation, the video being made available on YouTube, on EIU’s or Statoil’s websites, etc
  • b) you waive and agree not to assert any moral rights (and similar or equivalent rights) in connection with your entry;
  • c) you agree to do such other things and execute such other documents as are reasonably requested of you by the EIU or Statoil in order to allow the EIU or Statoil to use your entry for the permitted purposes;


  1. All judging will be done solely on the basis of the information supplied in the online entry.
  1. Entries will initially be judged by the EIU, who will produce a shortlist. The shortlist will be announced on the Competition website on 10 February 2014.
  2. The judges reserve the right to re-categorise entries if they think another category would be more suitable. However, they cannot be expected to routinely re-categorise incorrectly entered entries.
  1. The judges’ and EIU’s decisions shall be final and binding in all respects on entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.

Shortlist and winners:

  1. The judging panel of business executives, policymakers and academics will decide on the finalists (one per category) from the shortlist, and will then decide on the winner.
  2. The three finalists will be announced on 3 March 2014.
  1. The winner will be announced on 25 March 2014 at 14.00 pm BST.
  1. Should entrants reach the shortlist, they will receive an email confirming their selection. Entrants must be available to attend the webinar in London on 25 March 2014 at 14.00 pm BST should they be a finalist. Should a finalist entrant not be available, the EIU may replace that finalist entrant with another entrant (at its discretion).
  1. The winner agrees to take part in the 90 minute live-streamed webinar on March 25th 2013.


  1. The prize for the winner is (a) a trip to Oslo, Norway, to attend Statoil’s autumn energy conference in 2014, which includes travel [return flight from any international airport] and accommodation [of one night in Oslo]; (b) a full-page advertorial feature in a digital edition of The Economist in 2014; (c) a place on the live-streamed webinar concluding the competition; (d) a print and digital subscription to The Economist for one year.
  1. The prize for the other two finalists is (a) a trip to Oslo, Norway, to attend Statoil’s autumn energy conference in 2014, which includes travel [return flight from any international airport] and accommodation [of one night in Oslo]; (b) a print and digital subscription to The Economist for one year.
  1. The prize does not include airport transfers, personal expenditure, subsistence meals, visa costs [entrants are responsible for sourcing their own visa] and other incidental costs other than those specifically included.
  1. Third party terms and conditions apply to parts of the prize where applicable

Data protection:

  1. Each entrant’s personal details shall be used for the purpose of administering the Competition.
  1. The finalists and the winner agree that EIU and Statoil shall be free to use their names, images and other information submitted by entrants in connection with the promotion of the Competition and any publication of entries without additional remuneration (and entrants agree to co-operate in any such activity).
  1. If you have consented, The Economist Group may contact you by email about new features, events, special offers and for market research purposes.
  1. Please see our Privacy Policy for further details.


  1. Except in the case of death or personal injury arising from its negligence, or in respect of fraud, and so far as is permitted by law, EIU and its associated companies and agents exclude responsibility and all liabilities arising from:
    1. any postponement or cancellation of the Competition, and
    2. any changes to, supply of (including, without limitation, prizes which do not reach the intended recipient), or use of the prize, and
    3. any act or default of any third party supplier, which are beyond EIU’s reasonable control.

Choice of law:

  1. The Competition, and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. You irrevocably agree that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with this Competition.

Promoter contact:

  1. The Competition is managed by The Economist Intelligence Unit Limited (“EIU”), part of The Economist Group (registered address, 25 St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1HG) and supported by Statoil ASA (registered address, Box 8500, NO-4035, Stavanger, Norway).
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