Conditions of participation – #FARBENBEKENNEN-Award

The #FARBENBEKENNEN-Award recognizes the special commitment of refugees in Berlin. The engagement for “encounters” will be the focus of the award in 2018. It recognises initiatives that create encounters between people from different lifestyles and thus help to overcome divisions and hatred, reduce prejudices and contribute to peaceful coexistence in the city.

  1. Organizer

The organizer of the #FARBENBEKENNEN-Award is the Senate Chancellery Berlin, Jüdenstraße 1, 10178 Berlin.

The organizer has commissioned Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH (hereinafter referred to as Berlin Partner), Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin, to conduct the competition.

  1. Eligibility

All individuals with an immigration background and their current main residence in Berlin who are volunteers are eligible to participate. In addition, initiatives, civil society organizations of all legal forms (for example, associations, foundations or associations), and companies based in Berlin, in which people with an immigration background are involved.

If a participant is a minor (i.e. under the age of 18) at the time of participation, he/she will only be eligible if the consent of his/her legal representative is available. The organizer is entitled to have this declaration of consent submitted in writing. If this request is not granted, the individual in question will be excluded from participating.

Employees of the organizer as well as employees of Berlin Partner GmbH and their family members are not entitled to participate.

  1. Participation

Participation in the competition takes place by submitting a complete application via the application form on the website The submission of the completed questionnaire is considered a declaration of consent to participate in the #FARBENBEKENNEN-Award.

Applications can be submitted from September 5, 2018 to September 26, 2018. The application must be written in German or English.

Participants are responsible for the accuracy of their information and agree to submit only contributions that they have the rights to.

The organizer may use the documents submitted by the participants for the purpose of evaluation by the jurors, for press and media work within the competition, for presentation at the award ceremony, and for communication with the target groups in various forms of communication.

When submitting a photo, the applicant must indicate the photographer or copyright holder. In case of doubt, written consent must be provided by the persons depicted. By submitting a photo, the participants or the creator transfer the simple and limited rights of use to the organizer and also assure that the persons depicted agree with its publication. Minors must submit a letter of consent from their parent or guardian by mail. Submitted materials will not be returned.

Participation in the competition is free. Participants are solely responsible for expenses related to participation. There will be no reimbursement.

  1. Selection procedure and notification

The jury of the #FARBEBEKENNEN-Awards will select five applicants for online voting from all timely and complete applications. The organizer can make a pre-selection of the submitted entries for the jury in the event of a high number of participants. The decision of the jury and, if applicable, the organizer, are binding for all participants and can not be challenged.

The announcement of the five finalists will take place by October 5, 2018 by email. You automatically participate in the online voting. You will be portrayed on the website as well as in other materials for public relations (e.g. press releases). In addition, a design featuring the five finalists will be created and displayed in the Berlin cityscape. The five finalists must make themselves available for this.

The online public voting on the three winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd  place) will take place from November 1, 2018 (12:00 p.m. CEST) to November 27, 2018 (12:00 p.m. CEST) at

Each person participating in the online voting can vote once. The finalists with the most votes win. In the event of a draw, the winner will be chosen at random by a drawing.

The award winners will be officially announced and honored on December 2, 2018 at an awards ceremony.

  1. Prizes

The #FARBENBEKENNEN-Award is endowed with a total of 6,000 euros. 1st  place receives a 3,000 EUR prize; 2nd  place 2,000 EUR, and 3rd  place 1,000 EUR. The prize may not be transferred.

The prize money may only be used for public benefit purposes that are related to the involvement of the winner. The tax assessment of the prize money is the responsibility of the winner.

  1. Data protection

The personal data collected in the course of participation will be transmitted and stored by the event organizer and third parties commissioned for data processing and data use only for competition purposes (evaluation, documentation, and presentation). The aforementioned personal data may be used when publishing articles as part of the competition. Personal data will be used exclusively for the above purposes, but will not be disclosed to third parties. This consent to data processing can be revoked at any time with effect for the future.

Participants may at any time, without stating reasons, request the deletion of their data via a simple message to Berlin Partner. Continued participation in the competition is not possible after deletion.

  1. Early termination, damages

The organizer reserves the right to discontinue, suspend, or postpone the competition at any time, including in part if, for technical or legal reasons, the proper conduct of the competition should no longer be guaranteed.

The organizer reserves the right to exclude participants from participation in the competition. This applies in particular to violations of the conditions of participation and if participants engage in manipulation or other dishonest means of assistance. The organizer can also make such an exclusion later, revoke prize money, and reclaim it.

If a participant is excluded from the competition, it will then go to the application with the next highest score by number of votes from the expert jury or online voting.

Any liability for damages of the organizer and its executive bodies, employees, and vicarious agents from or in connection with the competition, for whatever legal reason, are limited to cases of intent or gross negligence to the extent permitted by law. Furthermore, the organizer assumes no liability for the eventual recognition of the submitted documents by third parties and any consequences resulting from this in connection with the execution of the competition.

  1. Final provisions

The judge’s decision is final. Only the law of the Federal Republic of Germany is applicable. Should any of these terms be or become invalid, the validity of the remaining terms remains unaffected.