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Instagram Contest 

Photo: Original image "Dusk" by Laura Combs of Elle & Dee Photography; overlays including text by City of Dayton.


Love is in the air in the Gem City! Share your love for Dayton and you just might win a Valentine’s Day prize to share with your special someone. From February 9 through 13, the City of Dayton will host the “Why I Love Dayton” Instagram contest.

To enter, simply snap a photo that shows why you love Dayton and upload it to Instagram. Add a caption that explains your entry and include the hashtag #WhyILoveDayton to be automatically entered into that day’s contest. At 5:00 p.m. each day, we’ll identify the photo with the most likes on Instagram from that day and announce a winner.

To sweeten the contest, several Dayton Original businesses have donated prizes for each day’s winner: 

Monday: 16 oz. box of Esther Price assorted chocolates and two $20 game cards with two shirts from Scene75.

Tuesday: Two tickets to The Neon Movie Theater; a gift certificate for a couple's haircut, Lather Lounge Experience and style at Salon J Ladner; and a 16 oz. box of Esther Price assorted chocolates.

Wednesday: Four tickets to ice skating at RiverScape with two plush Parker the Penguins, two 2-Pack tickets (admission for four) to Wiley’s Comedy Joint and a 16 oz. box of Esther Price assorted chocolates.

Thursday: Four 9-hole passes at Dayton golf courses; a coffee set, hair products and a $75 gift card to Square One Salon and Spa; and a 16 oz. box of Esther Price assorted chocolates.

Friday: $100 gift card to The Pine Club, two tickets to the February 19 University of Dayton Flyers Men's Basketball game and a 16 oz. box of Esther Price assorted chocolates.

Be sure to follow @cityofdayton on Instagram to see the announced winners!



All participants, by virtue of their entry, agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions.

One prize per household. One winner will be determined for each day of the contest based on total number of likes on Instagram. In the event of a tie, the City's Office of Public Affairs will select a winner based on originality and creativity. Winners will be notified within 24 hours of the prize drawing via Instagram. The City is not responsible for malfunctions or errors in submitting photos.

Eligible Participants. Participants must be a legal U.S. and Ohio residents of at least 13 years of age or older to enter. City elected officials, officers, employees and their immediate families or persons living in their households are not eligible to win. Only individuals are eligible to win; a winning photo cannot be posted by an account which represents an organization, group or other conglomerate entity. If the City determines that a photo or an Instagram account is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking, deception or other unfair playing practices or intending to abuse, threaten or harass other entrants, the City reserves the right to disqualify that photo or Instagram account from winning.

Revocation of prize. If a winner is not able to claim his or her prize within one week of notification, or if the winner fails to provide proper identification, or if an announced winner is determined to be an ineligible participant, then in any such case the City shall declare the prize forfeited, and proceed to choose another winner based on the photo with the next largest number of likes on Instagram.

Release of Liability. Entrants agree that the City shall not be responsible or liable for any losses, damages or injuries of any kind resulting from participation in the contest or any contest-related activity, or from participants’ acceptance, receipt, possession and/or use or misuse of the prize(s), and have not made any warranty, representation or guarantee express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to the prize(s), including, without limitation, to such prize’s quality or fitness for a particular purpose.

Decisions are final. The decisions of the City concerning any and all matters with respect to this contest shall be final. The City is not responsible for telecommunications systems, postal malfunctions and/or other submission failures that might impede a participant’s ability to enter this contest. Lost, late, damaged, undelivered or illegible entries will not be considered for entry.

Reservation of rights. The City reserves the final judgment on all matters pertaining to this contest including the right to change or modify the rules or prizes, or to discontinue or extend the contest without prior notice. Should the City become aware of any hacking, security breaches, or other misconduct, the City reserves the right to discontinue the contest immediately. In the event the City chooses to discontinue the contest, a winner may be determined from current eligible entries.

Responsibility for taxes and other costs associated with winning. Winners shall assume any and all responsibility as to federal, state, or local taxes due in connection with the prize. Winners will also assume any and all additional costs in connection with using prizes as awarded.

Applicable law. This contest and corresponding rules are governed by Ohio law, and any dispute or litigation arising from this contest must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in Montgomery County, Ohio. This contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws. Participants hold all responsibility to comply with any applicable federal, state or local laws in connection with their entry.

Instagram not affiliated. This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or in any associated with Instagram. Participants fully release Instagram from any liability or claims which might arise from their participation in this contest. Participant understands that all information provided for this contest is provided to the City and not Instagram.

Publicity. The prize winner grants the City full and unlimited permission to use the prize winner’s personality, including the prize winner’s name, likenesses, and creative entries for promotion and publicity purposes, including all advertising, promotions and features without further compensation. Instagram entries will be credited with the photographer's name and/or handle.

Miscellaneous. Void where prohibited. No purchase or other valuable consideration necessary to enter or win.