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Rules and Regulations

  1. The contest and eligibility

    MAD (the "Contest") is organised by Star Media Group Berhad (the "Organiser") and is open to all secondary school students (from Forms One to Six) who are residing in Malaysia.
  1. Participation

    Participation is through schools only. Each school must have only ONE contest coordinator in charge (the "Contest Coordinator" or "Coordinator") to oversee the coordination and administration of the Contest entries for the school. All participating students must submit their entries under their respective schools through the Contest Coordinator, who will then register and submit the entries to the Organiser. Entries from individuals or tuition centres will not be entertained.
  1. Registration

    To take part in the Contest, the Contest Coordinator must first register the school online via the Contest website (http://contests.thestar.com.my/nie). Once the registration has been approved, a password will be sent to the Contest Coordinator's e-mail. The Contest Coordinator must then log on at the website, using the password given, to register the students who are taking part, and the number of entries that will be submitted. All information must be accurate and up-to-date before the registration closes. Registration for the Contest is open from April 12, 2017 (10am) to June 16, 2017 (5pm).
  1. Submission of entries

    Once online registration has been completed and updated with the final number of entries, the Contest Coordinator must print out the online registration form from the website and submit it together with the corresponding entries from the school (as proof of participation and for judging) all in one batch. THREE (3) BEST ENTRIES from the school must be NOMINATED for students to move on to the next stage of the Contest, and must be clearly labelled and placed right at the top of the pile. All submissions must reach the Organiser by June 16, 2017 at or before 5pm.


    Entries must be sent to:


    The NiE Editorial Manager (MAD Contest)

    Star-NiE Level 3A, Menara Star,

    15, Jalan 16/11, Section 16,

    46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.


    Proof of postage is not proof of receipt. All entries, once submitted, become the property of the Organiser.

  1. Individual category

    Students are NOT allowed to form teams for this Contest. Each student may submit more than one entry, but only one entry per student will be eligible to compete in the Grand Finals.
  1. Format and content of entry

    Each student must use the original blank template published in the Star-NiE pullout dated April 12, 2017, to create an entry for the Contest. The entry form on page 7 of the template must be completed with the student's and Contest Coordinator's details, and must include the school stamp.

    To create an entry, students must produce a photograph that conveys the theme: youth making a difference. The photograph should focus on a teenager or young adult (aged between 13 and 25) who is consistently inspiring social change, through his / her actions or participation in a project.

    • Each photograph submission must be printed in colour, either in portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal) mode, on a sheet of 5R photo paper (5" × 7" or 127 × 178 mm), and pasted on page 7 of the Contest template. A copy of the photograph must be saved onto a compact disc (CD) and submitted along with the entry form and 5R photograph.
    • For safekeeping during postage and handling, the student is advised to write his / her name, contact number and school name on the CD itself and place the said CD in a casing, before pasting it on page 8 of the Contest template. The Organiser will not be held accountable for any damage incurred during posting and handling.
    • This means, ONE entry / submission = ONE original contest template = ONE photograph = ONE CD.
    • If a student wishes to submit more than one entry (for example FIVE entries), he may do the following:
      • FIVE entries/submissions = FIVE original contest templates = FIVE photographs (one on each template) = ONE CD (to upload all FIVE photographs).
      • This being the case, the student should staple all FIVE entries together, along with the CD on one of the entries.
    • Entries of photographs for this Contest must be taken in 2017.
    • The photograph must be original and have not been published and/or submitted for any other competition.
    • Digital image manipulations (such as through Photoshop) which alter/change/misrepresent the true situation or content of the image originally captured will be automatically disqualified.
    The student must also provide a 150-word write-up on the youth featured and how he / she is consistently making a difference in society.

    Marks will be allocated for creativity, composition, colour, contrast, quality, impact, concept and proper use of language.

    Students may conduct research using books, articles and the Internet, but materials must not be plagiarised. Plagiarism will result in the automatic disqualification of an entry.

    Watch our tutorial videos on the Contest website (http://contests.thestar.com.my/nie) for more details.

  1. Stages of the contest

    Stage 1 (Participation):
    All eligible students who submitted valid entries in accordance with the Rules and Regulations contained herein are deemed to have taken part in the Contest. Contest Coordinators must nominate three (3) best entries from their respective school so that these nominated students may move on to the next stage of the Contest. Failure to nominate students by the Contest Coordinator may result in the automatic exclusion of a school from the subsequent stages of the Contest.

    Stage 2 (State-Level Awards):
    Five (5) students from each state in Malaysia (70 in total from 14 states) with the best entries (in the state) will be chosen from the pool of nominated entries to win the Merit Awards.

    Stage 3 (The Interview):
    Twenty (20) students with the best entries will be selected from the pool of 70 Merit Award winners to undergo a Skype interview with the Organiser. Interview sessions will be held in July 2017 (dates to be confirmed by the Organiser via phone calls).

    Stage 4 (The Grand Finals):
    Eight finalists from the pool of 20 students will be announced at the Grand Finals, which will be held in August/September 2017 at Menara Star in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, where they will compete for five grand prizes. At the Grand Finals, they will be required to carry out a task, which will test their photography skills and impromptu speech. In addition, the panel of judges will pose questions to each finalist. The five grand prize winners will be selected based on their performance during the task execution and the Question and Answer session at the Grand Finals.
  1. Terms and conditions

    By participating in this Contest, all Contest Coordinators expressly agree to have read and understood all Rules and Regulations set out herein and ensure that they have explained the same to their students who participate in this Contest so that the participating students understand these Rules and Regulations. Failure to comply with any of the Rules and Regulations may result in the rejection of entries and/or disqualification of the participant(s).
  1. Intellectual property rights and indemnification

    By participating in this Contest, the Contest Coordinator shall ensure that all materials submitted by the students, including but not limited to photographs and contents, are the rightful property of the participating students and these entries do not infringe or violate the rights of any other third party and do not plagiarise any third party's contents. Contest Coordinators and/or the school agree to indemnify and keep indemnified the Organiser against all claims, losses, damages and/or expenses whatsoever arising from any infringement or violation of any third party intellectual property rights.
  1. Modifications

    The Organiser reserves the absolute right to vary or amend any of the Rules and Regulations contained herein as well as to change or modify any aspect of this Contest in whole or in part at any time without prior notice.
  2. All entry instructions and any other specific details relating to the Contest and/or the prizes not specified herein shall form part of these Rules and Regulations.
  3. The Organiser's decisions are final and there shall be no appeal entertained and/or allowed. All participants shall not resort to court proceedings to review the Organiser's decisions.
  4. By participating in this Contest, the Contest Coordinators acknowledge and agree that the Organiser excludes all warranty and/or liability in connection with the awarded prizes and/or the Contest. Contest Coordinators shall assume full liability and responsibility of their students when participating in this Contest and in case of any liability, mishap, injury, loss, damage, claim or accident (including personal injury and/or death) resulting from their participation in the Contest, redemption and/or usage of the prizes. The Organiser shall not be held responsible for any liability, mishap, loss, damage, claim or accident (including personal injury and/or death) in any manner whatsoever suffered by the students as a result of participation in the Contest and/or the use of the prizes.
  5. In view of the implementation of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010, the Contest Coordinators hereby expressly grant the Organiser and its affiliates the permission to use and process their personal data including (but not limited to) names, contact information and/or photographs (collectively, "Personal Data") for future advertising and publicity purposes. The Contest Coordinators further agree to receive the latest information about products, news and events updates, rewards and promotions, special privileges and initiatives from the Organiser and its affiliates. If the Contest Coordinators do not wish to receive the above information, please email the Organiser at starnie@thestar.com.my.