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Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest FAQ:

Q: What is the Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest?

A:Designed as a movement to inspire healthy lifelong eating habits by getting children interested in cooking at an early age, the Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest encourages families to submit a photo of themselves preparing a rice dish together.

All you need is a smart phone tablet or computer, a dash of time and a splash of personality, for the chance to win the grand prize: $15,000 cash, a hometown celebration and a $30,000 cafeteria makeover for your child’s school.

Photo entries can be submitted at beginners.unclebens.com from August 14, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. EDT through October 09, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.



Q: How do I enter the Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest?

A:It is simple to enter. First, parents and kids simply visit beginners.unclebens.com and learn how to prepare a rice-based dish together. Second, parents snap a photograph featuring themselves, their child and the meal and demonstrating his or her passion for cooking. Finally, parents can upload their photos at beginners.unclebens.com.

For full entry details and official rules, visit beginners.unclebens.com.



Q: Do I have to use UNCLE BEN’S® Rice in my photo?

A: It is not required, but you can find a coupon for UNCLE BEN’S® Brand products in the coupons tab on Facebook or on unclebens.com. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. Entrants are free to use rice products that they already own.



Q: Do you have any coupons I can use to purchase UNCLE BEN’S® Rice to use in my recipe for the photo?

A: : Yes! There is a coupon tab on the on the Uncle Ben’s® Facebook Page or on unclebens.com.However, no purchase is necessary to enter or win. Entrants are free to use rice products that they already own.



Q: How do I know if I am qualified to enter?

A:Eligible entrants include a parent or legal guardian above the age of majority in their state of residence and a legal resident of the 50 United States (including Washington, D.C.) who has a child in the grades between Kindergarten and eighth grade, who is also a legal US resident. Entrant’s child must be a student in Kindergarten through eighth grade for the entire duration of the Contest. A child who is not in Kindergarten through eighth grade is not eligible to participate and will be disqualified from the Contest.

The five winners’ schools are expected to host a celebration event in their hometown between the dates of November 7th through December 15th, 2017.

For Official Rules: beginners.unclebens.com.



Q: How can I enter?

A: There are two ways that you can enter the Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest.
Go directly to beginners.unclebens.com and click on the option to “Enter Now.” After you’ve completed all of the required information you may upload a photo of a recipe abiding by all the official rules.

OR

Go to unclebens.com and select the option to “Take a Lesson.” Either during the lesson or after you’ve completed the lesson, you may take a picture with your child and the completed recipe and submit it by going to “Log In,” “Enter Now” as applicable. For Official Rules: beginners.unclebens.com.



Q: Can I include more than one of my children in the photo? What’s the age range allowed?

A: More than one child can be in the photo. However, only one child (between Kindergarten and eighth grade) and parent/legal guardian (above the age of majority in their state of residence) will be eligible to be entered for each unique photo submission. Each parent or legal guardian may only submit one photo per child per day for the duration of the contest. Any additional submissions exceeding this will be disqualified.

For Official Rules: beginners.unclebens.com.



Q: I’m not sure where to start. Can you direct me to a place where I can get ideas on how to cook with my child?

A: Visit beginners.unclebens.com. This page will include some helpful step-by-step instructions to help you get started including recipes, learning activities for families and more.



Q: You used to host a video contest. Can I make a video instead to include as my submission?

A: Photos are the only format accepted during this year’s Contest. Entries submitted without a photo will be disqualified.

For Official Rules: beginners.unclebens.com.



Q: Help! My photo is not uploading. What do I do?

A: Check to make sure your Internet connection is working properly. Ensure that your photo does not exceed the maximum file size of 10MB and is a minimum of 500px by 500px. Double check your photo file format. The accepted file formats include: .JPG, .PNG, or .GIF.



Q: When can I expect my photo submission to be posted to the gallery?

A:Once a photo is submitted it can take up to 72 hours to be reviewed. If your photo is approved, you will receive an email indicating when your photo is displayed in the gallery. If your photo was disqualified, you will receive an email stating such.



Q: How many times a day can I vote for my favorite photo?

A: Once the voting phase begins, if you are at least eighteen (18) years of age, you can vote once per photo, per 24 hours; meaning that a person may vote for more than one photo per day, but they may not vote for the same photo more than one time each day.

For Official Rules: beginners.unclebens.com



Q: Why don’t I see the vote tally?

A: Votes account for 20% of determining the winners during the public voting, so votes will be counted by the judges and applied to the contestant’s overall scorecard.



Q: My family lives in another country. Can they vote?

A: Yes, but if you have family/friends in another country that you are asking to vote, you will need to instruct your family members that they may need to manually select the country (US) from the footer at the bottom of beginners.unclebens.com.



Q: Why was my photo disqualified?

A: The photo must be within the general spirit and guidelines of the Contest, including meeting the terms of the Official Rules and the Photo Requirements. Most common reasons for photo disqualification include not having a parent present in the photo, or a duplicate photo submitted for more than one child (submitting the same photo as an entry for two children).

If your photo is disqualified, you may enter again, provided you correct the reason your photo was disqualified.

For Official Rules: beginners.unclebens.com



Q: Will I get disqualified for too many entries?

A:Each parent or legal guardian may only submit one photo per child in the family per day during the duration of the Contest. Any additional submissions exceeding this number will be disqualified.

For Official Rules: beginners.unclebens.com



Q: What does The UNCLE BEN’S® Brand mean when they say “healthy beginnings?”

A: The UNCLE BEN’S® Brand believes, and research has shown, that when parents cook with their kids they are providing a healthy foundation. We define healthy beginnings as positive habits that children will carry through their life into adulthood. “Healthy beginnings” refers to the habits of shared experiences through cooking, beginning with rice for better meals, making healthy food choices, adding diversity to cuisine and encouraging family togetherness.



Q: Still experiencing technical issues?

A: Please confirm that your computer system meets the following minimum technical specifications.

Acceptable Browsers*- include:

  • Internet Explorer Versions 9.0 – 11.0: accessible on MS Windows 7, MS Windows 8.1, MS Windows 10, iOS 8 and 9
  • Edge – accessible on MS Windows 7, MS Windows 8.1, MS Windows 10, iOS 8 and 9
  • Firefox Versions 38 and 39: accessible on MS Windows 7, MS Windows 8.1, MS Windows 10, iOS 8 and 9, OS X 10.7, OS X 10.8, OS X 10.9, OS X 10.10, Android 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4 and 5.0
  • Chrome Versions 43 and 44: accessible on MS Windows 7, MS Windows 8.1, MS Windows 10, iOS 8 and 9, OS X 10.7, OS X 10.8, OS X 10.9, OS X 10.10, Android 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4 and 5.0
  • Safari Versions 6, 7 and 8: accessible on MS Windows 7, MS Windows 8.1, MS Windows 10, iOS 8 and 9, OS X 10.7, OS X 10.8, OS X 10.9, OS X 10.10

*The Cooking Lessons are accepted on the below browsers:

  • Internet Explorer version 11: accessible on MS Windows 8.1 or newer versions
  • Edge: Accessible on MS Windows 10
  • Firefox version 39 or newer versions: Accessible on MS Windows 8.1 and 10, OS X Yosemite and El Capitan
  • Chrome version 44 or newer versions: Accessible on MS Windows 8.1 and 10, OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, iOS 8 and 9, Android 5.0 and 6.0
  • Safari version 9 or newer versions: Accessible on OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, iOS 8 and 9

Please note that If you have multiple browser options on your device, we recommend you try a different browser if one is not displaying properly.


You can gather this information in Internet Explorer & Firefox, under Help. Select About and you’ll see the details of your browser. For Chrome & Safari, click on the Tool icon at the top of page, and select About.



Q: Who is the Sponsor of this contest?

A: This Contest is sponsored by Mars Food US.



Q: Where do I find the Official Rules regarding the contest?

A: All the details surrounding the Contest are available at beginners.unclebens.com including entry requirements and how winners are determined and notified.



Q: How many finalists will be chosen?

A: There will be up to twenty-five finalists.

For Official Rules: beginners.unclebens.com



Q: What is the difference between the grand prize winners and finalists?

A: : The five (5) grand prize winners and twenty-five (25) finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges including Mars Food Associates, and advertising/marketing partner affiliates, who together will select five (5) photos to receive the grand prize ($15,000 and a $30,000 school cafeteria makeover). Finalists will be recognized on beginners.unclebens.com, the UNCLE BEN’S Facebook Page and local and national media coverage.



Q: How do you determine the winners?

A: During the voting period, a panel of judges who are Mars Food Associates, and advertising/marketing partner affiliates will select five (5) photos to receive the prizes described above.

The top twenty-five (25) finalists’ photo submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • 25% based on creativity
  • 25% based on presentation of the dish
  • 25% based on appetite appeal
  • 25% based on reflection of the Ben’s BeginnersTM goal of bringing families together to cook


FINAL JUDGING. A panel of judges who are Mars Food Associates and advertising/marketing partner affiliates will evaluate each of the finalists’ photos to determine the five (5) grand prize winners. This final judging period will occur sometime between the dates of November 07, 2017 – December 03, 2017.

Specifically, to select the five (5) winners, the judges will consider the following judging criteria:
  • 20% based on creativity
  • 20% based on presentation of the dish
  • 20% based on appetite appeal
  • 20% based on reflection of Ben’s BeginnersTM goal of bringing families together to cook
  • 20% based on votes received on unclebens.com during the public voting phase


The judges will give each image a score based upon the criteria listed above. The finalists with the highest scores will be chosen as grand prize winners. In the event of a tie, the grand prize winners will be determined by the highest score in the category of “votes received on unclebens.com during the public voting phase.” Judges’ decisions are final.

For Official Rules: beginners.unclebens.com



Q: What do the winners receive? And when will they be announced?

A: The five winners will receive a grand prize of $15,000, a hometown celebration and a $30,000 cafeteria makeover for their child’s school.

The winner announcement will occur December 4, 2017.

For Official Rules: beginners.unclebens.com



Q: What are my odds of winning?

A:The odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entrants during the course of the contest, as well as the quality of the submissions.



Q: Still have questions?

A: Contact us at bensbeginners@gmail.com.