In conjunction with New York-based strategy firm Crowdcentric's Social Media Week, the organizers have launched the Instagram Your City contest, with the winner being able to go to any Social Media Week city of their choosing during the September 24-28 event. Cities include London, Glasgow, Torino, Barcelona, Berlin, Doha, Jeddah, Hong Kong, Seoul, São Paulo, Bogotá, Chicago, Los Angeles and Vancouver.
Below are some samples of Hong Kong and Berlin:
Here are the guidelines for submitting a picture:
Take a picture: Using any smartphone device, take a photo that captures the uniqueness and heart of one of the 14 host cities for Social Media Week. (Note: To qualify for the grand prize, photos must be taken with a smartphone and must be of one of the 14 participating cities.)
Add a filter: Using Instagram, or other filter apps such as Hipstamatic, StreamZoo, or Lightbox, make your photo stand out. While a filter isn’t necessary to enter, it does make it more fun!
Tag & Share: Using #InstagramYourCity, share on Twitter with the city you’re capturing. For example, “Just submitted my entry to @SocialMediaWeek’s #InstagramYourCity for Berlin!”
There is no limit on the numbers of photos a contestant can submit, and an impending Instagram Your City website will showcase the top 14. The deadline for submissions is June 29th.
Toby Daniels, Founder & Executive Director of Social Media Week, states, “As we continue to add new Social Media Week cities and expand to incredible parts of the world, we are looking to fulfill the adage of ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ - As a celebration of the uniqueness of all of our local cities, the Instagram Your City competition will provide a way to tell stories that cross cultural and geographic boundaries.”
Instagram itself isn't endorsing the contest, but to reiterate, any tech-savvy reader who hasn't been living under the rock surely knows that the photo-sharing platform was recently acquired by Facebook for $1 billion in cash.