Spirit of Newport Beach Contest Rules

The “Spirit of Newport Beach” contest (the Contest) is organized by Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON). Participants need not be SPON members to win, and being a member will not increase their chances of winning.  All federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations apply.


The Contest is sponsored by SPON, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which can be reached by mail at P.O. Box 102, Balboa Island CA, 92662; by phone at 949-864-6616; or online through its website at SPON-NewportBeach.org.


The Contest is open to Newport Beach residents who are at least fourteen (14) years of age.  Proof of Newport Beach residency is required to receive prizes. Post office boxes are not accepted as proof of residency.  SPON’s Board of Directors are not eligible to participate.

Agreement to Official Rules

Participation in the Contest constitutes full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon complying with these Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.

Contest Period

The Contest begins on March 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. and ends on April 22, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.  Entries submitted outside that interval will not be considered.


Only one (1) entry per person in each category may be submitted.  In the event of multiple entries from the same person in the same category, only the first entry will be judged.  All phrases or images submitted will become the property of SPON, may or may not be acknowledged, and will not be returned. SPON reserves the right to use all phrase and image entries in its communication materials.


Entries must be submitted online.

Participants may enter either or both of the two Contest Categories:

  1. Capture the Spirit of Newport Beach in five words or less (phrase)
  2. Capture the Spirit of Newport Beach in a single still image (picture or drawing)

Category 1 – Phrase:

  • All phrases must be five words or less
  • All entries will be time stamped. If identical phrases are submitted by different participants, the one with the earliest timestamp will be submitted to the judges.

Category 2 – Still Image:

  • All images must be original, submitted by their creator and not subject to copyright or other restrictions.
  • Images must be electronically reproducible once submitted and in one of the following preferred formats: JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF or PDF
  • Videos will not be accepted.

Announcement of Winners

Winners will be announced on or before May 11, 2017 on SPON’s website and on its social media channels.  Winning contestants will be notified by email using the email address on their submission form.

If SPON is unable to contact a potential winner within five (5) days of the first contact attempt, the judges will select an alternate winner.  Winners must provide proof of Newport Beach residency as a condition of this contest.


Judges will select a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner in each category. Winners will be able to choose a gift certificate for a participating establishment on the SPON Treasures list:

  • 1st Place in each Category: $150
  • 2nd Place in each Category: $100
  • 3rd Place in each Category: $50


Entries will be judged and winners selected by three notable individuals with long-standing ties to the Newport Beach community.  (Judge profiles here)

Privacy policy

Contestant information is used solely for the purposes of this contest. Contest winners’ names will only be used with their express consent.  If in entering the contest you subscribe to SPON E-News, then you will also receive general information and news updates from SPON by email. Sponsor will not sell, rent, or share any contestant information for purposes other than the Contest or, for those who have opted in to that feature, for SPON E-News purposes.