Holiday Spirit Photo Contest

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Nov. 23: Launch of the inaugural Holiday Spirit Photo Contest

Dec. 11: Deadline to enter and submit photos (noon)

Dec. 14: Finalists photos are posted to Instagram

Dec. 30: Voting ends at noon, winner announced shortly after


Official Rules


This promotion is open to customers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric only. Eligible participants must occupy a residence that receives a Central Hudson bill.

Employees of Central Hudson and members of their immediate families or households are not eligible to participate in this promotion.

How to Enter

Enter by submitting an unpublished photograph you personally took this holiday season (2020) that displays how you decorated your residence within Central Hudson’s service territory. To enter the contest, you must follow Central Hudson’s Instagram page (

To submit your photo, email it to no later than noon on Dec. 11, 2020. The contest is limited to one submission per entrant.

Please include the following information with your entry email:

  • Subject line: Holiday Spirit Photo Contest
  • Your name
  • Your Instagram handle
  • Your mailing address
  • The name of the Central Hudson account holder at that address
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address
  • A brief caption describing the photograph and when it was taken
  • How you heard about the contest



Winner Selection Methodology and Winner Notification

After a group of Central Hudson employees nominate five finalists from the entries received, finalist photographs will be posted Dec. 14 to Central Hudson’s Instagram page ( where voting will be open to all Instagram users who follow Central Hudson’s page and who are capable of “liking” a photo posted on our page.

The voting period will begin when Central Hudson posts all five finalists to its Instagram page and ends at 12 p.m. (noon) EST on Dec. 30, 2020. The finalist photo that has received the greatest number of “likes” from different people by the 12 p.m. cutoff will be declared the winner.

Only those likes registered directly on the designated photos on our Instagram page will be counted.

Likes on posts promoting the contest or on posts separate from the designated contest finalists will not be counted. Likes deemed by Central Hudson employees monitoring the process to have been made after the cutoff time will not be counted.

Central Hudson’s decision when declaring a winner is final.

Entrants may solicit support for their photographs through their own personal Instagram accounts.

The winner will be contacted at the email address from which he or she submitted the photo and/or by the telephone number provided.

Odds of Winning

Odds of winning will depend on the total number of eligible submissions received in the manner stated above by the submission deadline.

Photo Copyright

By entering, entrants grant Central Hudson the full right to use their submitted photographs without further consent. By submitting a photograph, the entrant verifies that they are the photographer of and owner of the rights to publish the photograph. Central Hudson is not responsible for any copyright infringements perpetrated by entrants. If Central Hudson suspects a copyright infringement or any type of fraud regarding an entry or in the voting process, at its discretion, Central Hudson may remove that entry from consideration at any time.

Tax Responsibilities

The winner is solely responsible for any/all taxes on or connected with any prize. All income taxes (including, without limitation, federal, state, and/or local income taxes) on or connected with any prize, and the reporting consequences thereof, are solely the responsibility of respective winners.

General Terms 

This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Instagram.

By entering, entrants agree to release and hold Instagram, Central Hudson and Central Hudson’s parent company, harmless from and against any and all claims and liability arising out of participation in the promotion or use of prize. Entrants assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by participation in this promotion or use or redemption of any prize. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for Central Hudson and its parent company to use winner’s photograph, name, and likeness for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

By participating in this promotion, entrants agree to be bound by Central Hudson’s Official Rules and decisions, which are final and binding in all respects. Central Hudson is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the promotion or in the announcement of any prize. In no event will more than the stated number of prizes be awarded.

Central Hudson is not responsible for incomplete or improper enrollment; non-delivered or misdirected entries; technical problems, malfunctions of any computer systems, servers, providers, hardware or software; lost or unavailable network connections; incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry information or loss of entry information; failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions, or any other human or technical errors of any kind; or any combination of any of the foregoing.

Central Hudson assumes no responsibility for undeliverable e-mails resulting from any form of active or passive e-mail filtering. Central Hudson is not responsible for any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participation in or accessing or downloading information in connection with this promotion. Central Hudson reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process. Central Hudson reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend this promotion should a virus, bugs, entrant fraud or misconduct, or other causes beyond the control of Central Hudson, in Central Hudson’s determination, corrupt the administration, integrity, security or proper operation of the promotion. In the event of termination of the promotion, a notice will be posted online and a random drawing to award the prize will be conducted from among all eligible entries received prior to the time of termination. Entry times will be determined using Central Hudson’s computer, which will be the official clock for the contest.