Thank you for your interest in National Geographic Society’s Terra Watt Prize.  Please know that by participating in this Competition and in accordance with these Rules you are eligible to receive various forms of recognition and at least one possible cash Prize of $125,000.00, in the form of a Grant from National Geographic Society.  So, it is important to define the conditions of your participation.  The Rules governing this competition ("RULES") are stated here as an extension of the Terms & Conditions  ("Terms") for use of this website. The full Terms are available for your review by accessing them at the foot of each page on this website. The RULES constitute "Competition Terms and Conditions" under Clause 2.3 of the Terms. Capitalized words used but not defined in this policy have the meanings given to them in the Terms.

Please read these RULES and the Terms carefully, as they describe the conditions under which you are allowed to participate. As you participate, you may periodically be asked to recognize your acceptance of these RULES and the Terms by clicking "accept" at various pages on this website, but by continuing any use of this website you expressly consent to all of these RULES and the Terms.



  • Subject to the limitations set out herein and in the Terms, any individual, organization and/or business entity (such as a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company, etc.) may participate (“You”); except that employees of National Geographic Society, RAMPIT, The Common Pool, and any of their subsidiaries and affiliates, and immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such employees, are not eligible. You must complete registration to participate. Individuals must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry to participate. You cannot reside in nor be governed by countries that are prohibited by law, regulation (including United States or other applicable export laws and regulations), treaty or administrative act from entering into trade relations (including export of technology) with the United States of America or its citizens.
  • Your Entry should meet the application requirements stipulated on this website. You are required to register in advance of any deadlines for the submission of an Entry, and You must comply with all other deadlines posted on this website. Your Entry may not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Competition Host (“National Geographic Society”), contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Further, Your Entry may not involve work to be conducted, or monies to be expended, in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria.

    The Content created or provided by You must be your own. You represent and warrant that your Entry is an original work created solely by You, that You own all Intellectual Property in and to the Entry, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the Entry, except as expressly identified by You to us in writing.
  • You may participate by registering, and You may not register more than one true and uniform identity; multiple registrations for a participant using multiple identities are not allowed. We reserve the right to disqualify any Entry made by a participant violating this limitation, regardless of whether all of the respective parties had knowledge of such violation. Limit one entry per Participant.
  • The application requirements for your Entry are clearly described on this website. Your Entry will be reviewed by five Judges, who will be randomly assigned to score your Entry using the scoring rubric and judging criteria that are also described on this website. In cases where a Judge indicates any potential conflict of interest, the Entry will be assigned to another Judge. Those Judges, each of whom is named on this website, will be responsible for scoring your Entry. Judges are permitted to communicate with Participants solely for the purposes of carrying out due diligence for evaluating your proposal and assigning a score during the review process.
  • Once the rank order of Entries have been calculated by those scores, the top 2-5 Competitors will be presented before a separate Selection Committee of five (5) or more members. Those Selection Committee members will meet to review and discuss the top Entries and will determine a winner using the same trait scoring rubric and judging criteria used by the Judges as described on this website. At least one of the initial Judges assigned to score the total pool of Competitors will be independent of National Geographic Society, and at least one member of the Selection Committee will be independent of National Geographic Society.
  • Should You be selected as a Winner, a single Prize of a $125,000 grant (subject to the grant terms specified in the Grant Agreement [provide link]) will be awarded to You, so long as your eligibility and compliance with these Rules are confirmed by National Geographic Society. Two Winners will be selected. You may not submit any petitions for a division of the Prize. If the Prize is awarded to a participant consisting of a business entity, then such business entity will receive the funds, and it is the responsibility of the governing individuals to make any distributions. The Winners will be announced on this Website.
  • While RAMPIT, LLC (“RAMPIT”) is providing an online platform for your participation, RAMPIT is not responsible for the payment of any Prize(s). Payment of any Prize(s) is the sole responsibility of National Geographic Society, and under the Terms each participant has agreed to look solely to the Competition Host for the payment of any Prize(s). Please note that the Winner(s) of Prize(s) may be subject to certain taxes. Under the Terms, Winner(s) of Prize(s) will be solely responsible for paying such taxes. Neither National Geographic Society, as the Competition Host, nor RAMPIT and/or its affiliates will accept responsibility for paying such taxes.
  • Under Section 9.2 of the Terms, Winner(s) are required to enter into a separate, binding, and direct grant agreement with the Competition Host. Competitors are welcome to review the applicable grant agreement HERE.
  • By submitting your Entry, you agree to release, discharge and hold harmless National Geographic Society and its partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors and representatives from any Loss arising out of your participation in this Competition and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize. National Geographic Society assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Competition entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. National Geographic Society is not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this Competition. In the case of entrants who are Australian or UK residents, the preceding two clauses do not operate in respect of any implied condition or warranty the exclusion of which from these Official RULES would contravene any Australian or UK statute or cause any part of these Official RULES to be void.
  • THIS COMPETITION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Entrants agree that this Competition shall be subject to and governed by the laws of Tennessee and the United States of America and the forum of any dispute shall be in the courts of Davidson County, Tennessee, United States of America. To the extent permitted by law, the right to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Competition are hereby excluded and any entrant expressly waives any and all such rights. Certain restrictions may apply.
  • If for any reason the Competition is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, Trojan horses, denial of service, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of RAMPIT and/or National Geographic Society that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Competition, National Geographic Society reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Competition. If National Geographic Society terminates the Competition, it will not retain any rights in the submitted Entries.
  • National Geographic Society, as the Competition Host, reserves the right to disqualify any participant who violates these RULES, the Terms and any standards of behavior expressed or implied in them. We look forward to receiving your most thoughtful and creative Entry.

Contact Information:

You may contact us with any questions or comments about these RULES. Please enter “Terra Watt Prize” in the subject line of your email. You may reach us directly at:  [email protected]

The Competition Host is National Geographic Society, 1145 17th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.  20036.