New Hampshire Residents and Visitors Encouraged to Take Photos and Videos Showing Why They “Love it Here” for a Chance at Two NH Dream Vacation Grand Prizes!
CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD) has just announced the launch of its 3rd annual New Hampshire Dream Vacation Photo and Video Contest. Starting today, residents and visitors can download the “I Love it Here” sign at www.nhdreamvacation.com and can begin taking pictures throughout the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Photos can be uploaded to the site beginning Monday, May 30.
New to the contest this year is the addition of video submissions. The program, running through September 5, features an online photo and video contest with two winners (one for photo, one for video) each receiving a custom-designed New Hampshire Dream Vacation worth $2,500 for photo and $1,000 for video. Three additional contestants can win $500 each if their photo or video wins the popular vote.
“We encourage every NH resident and visitor to explore and enjoy the state, take photos and videos with the ‘I Love it Here’ signs along the way, and upload them to our site,” said Lori Harnois, Director of the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development. “Each year, this contest gets better and better and we’re excited to add a video component this year, with two chances to win a NH Dream Vacation. Whether it’s on top of a mountain peak, in front of your favorite restaurant, hiking a trail, enjoying a fair or festival, or relaxing at a state park or ocean beach, there is so much to enjoy while vacationing in our state.”
Contest postcards now feature a QR Code on the back, allowing for smart phone users to scan the code and directly upload photos and video to the contest site from their iPhone, Android, Blackberry and other mobile devices.
Here’s how to play:
1. Click Away. Download the “I Love it Here” sign from www.NHDreamVacation.com, travel around New Hampshire and capture one or up to five photos or videos from the locations list. Be sure to include the “I Love it Here” sign in each photo or video, along with a New Hampshire identifier such as a building, sign or landmark Creativity is key!
2. Enter Online. Upload your photos or videos at www.NHDreamVacation.com to enter for a chance to win a dream vacation in New Hampshire.
3. Boost Your Ratings to win the Popular Vote at www.NHDreamVacation.com. Vote for your favorite images or videos and tell friends and family members to vote too. There will be three winners in the Popular Vote category, and each winner will receive a $500 dream vacation of their choice.
4. Judges Vote. A panel of judges will select two grand prize winners at the end of the contest – one for photo, and one for video. The grand prize winners will receive a NH dream vacation of their choice worth $2,500 for photo and $1,000 for video. The winning photo and video will be judged on creativity, originality and aesthetics.
The “I Love it Here” promotion will be supported by advertising, public relations, and social media efforts. It will have its own micro-site at www.NHDreamVacation.com and will feature the official “I Love it Here” sign, complete photo and video contest location list, official contest rules, an image gallery showcasing entries, NH celebrity Dream Vacations and more.
Once again this year, celebrities with New Hampshire ties can tell why they love it here and are being added to the celebrity page on the New Hampshire Dream Vacation site frequently throughout the length of the contest. Starting on June 2nd, watch the contest site for new photos of Olympic athletes from New Hampshire, the Super Secret Project, and Arlene Newman-Van Asperen, now appearing in the Soul Surfer movie and who has a vacation home in Northwood.
“This contest is a reminder of the great creativity and fierce dedication that our state inspires in people,” said Rick Broussard, Editor for New Hampshire Magazine, the media partner for the contest. “And its ongoing success is a real tribute to our dedicated and creative Division of Travel and Tourism.”
Postcards with the “I Love it Here” signs will be available at properties throughout the state and also at all Welcome Information Centers.
The prize package is a New Hampshire Dream Vacation with a value of up to either $2,500 or $1,000, depending on whether it is for photo or video entries. Some restrictions will apply.
Additionally, Irving Oil will offer gas gift cards in the amount of $50 that will be awarded weekly to randomly selected contest participants.
“Irving Oil is very pleased to support the NH Dream Vacation Photo Contest again this year. We hope our gift cards will help people get out and explore the amazing New Hampshire landscape. The summer months in New Hampshire are particularly enjoyable, and we encourage everyone to fill up at Irving and go visit their favorite spots and grab a photo or video,” said Liza Dube, spokesperson for Irving Oil.
According to Harnois, many property owners and attractions around the state who participated in last year’s “I Love it Here” campaign, reported that residents and visitors got out to enjoy and discover all that this great state has to offer and appreciated the opportunity to share their experience with others.
“Once again this summer, we expect residents will want to vacation right here in New Hampshire, and will spend time exploring the mountains, lakes, and seacoast,” said Harnois. “Snap some photos, shoot some video, have fun, and challenge yourself to find the best spot in NH!”