We here at Babble can’t cover the cost of your summer family jaunt, but we can point out one way to possibly recoup some of your money: enter photography contests.
Numerous hotels, restaurants, websites, newspapers and even state tourism bureaus are sponsoring photo contests this summer. The aim is to show the joys of taking a time out. Prizes offered include cash, dinners out, new cameras and, of course, publication of your family picture.
So who is interested in your vacation snapshots?
1.Family-Vacation-Getaways.com wants to see you vacationing anywhere in the United States. Pictures “should evoke the fun, warmth and joys of summertime in the USA.” They must also be clear, bright and family friendly. The winner receives $125. All photos must be submitted by August 3, 2010.
2.We Need a Vacation.com is offering $500 to the grand prizewinner of their contest to determine the best vacation photo taken on Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard or Florida. Runners-up will receive gift certificates for such things as whale watching cruises and dining out. All photos must be submitted by August 31, 2010.
3. Want a win a trip back to New Hampshire? Visit the Granite State this year. The state tourism bureau is asking visitors to download a “I Love It Here” sign from www.nhdreamvacation.com and take between one and five photos of themselves or their loved ones at recognizable Granite State landmarks holding up the placard. All photos must be submitted by September 6, 2010.
4. Quaker Steak & Lube, the automotive themed restaurant chain, is seeking your help with some free advertising. If you visit one of the 48 contest designated tourist hotspots (which include St. Louis’ Gateway Arch and Texas’ Alamo), make sure to pack a piece of restaurant merchandise such as a hat or shirt with your luggage. Snap a picture of the site which includes the corporate memorabilia, and download the photo to a special Facebook contest site. All participants will receive a $5 off coupon for their next $25 meal at the restaurant and be entered in a lottery to win a cruise for four people. All photos must be submitted by September 6, 2010.
5.Once is not enough when it comes to Yosemite National Park and the folks at Yosemite Pines RV and Family Lodging know it. Snap a photo demonstrating the beauty of the Yosemite Valley for a chance to win a stay at one of the resort’s luxury cabins. All photos must be submitted by September 10, 2010.
6. The National Park Foundation and Olympus are jointly sponsoring the 2010 Share the Experience photo contest. Photos should highlight the wonder and beauty of one of the United States’ nearly 400 national parks. Winners receive new digital cameras and other prizes from Olympus. All photos must be submitted by December 31, 2010.
7. Travel + Leisure will be sponsoring a different photo contest every month between now and the end of the year. Themes include beaches, cities, local people, funny signs and nature. Prizes range from Tumi luggage to Mephisto shoes, with one grand prize winner receiving a trip to Hawaii. Contest deadlines are the last day of the month.