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Smithfield tourism starts Instagram contest

The Smithfield and Isle of Wight Convention and Visitors Bureau is launching an Instagram photo contest with quarterly gift certificate prizes for photos with the LOVEwork art installation at 228 Main St. in front of The Smithfield Times’ office in historic downtown.

To participate, snap a photo of family or friends in front of the LOVEwork, follow @smithfieldvirginia and post the photo to your Instagram page using the hashtag #SmithfieldLOVE. There’s two ways to win. In the first, the participant who gathers the most likes on their post will win one of four $50 gift certificates to local restaurants selected by Smithfield Tourism awarded quarterly on June 1, Sept. 1, Dec. 1 and March 1, 2022.

The LOVEwork will be decorated with seasonal themes throughout the year. Updates to the art piece will be announced on the tourism bureau’s social media pages. Entrants who get 50-plus likes on their image are entered into a grand prize drawing for a weekend getaway package for four, which will include lodging, meals and kayak rentals, the tourism bureau said in a contest announcement. The grand prize drawing is March 1, 2022.

Winners will be contacted through Instagram direct message and will have three days from the date of notification to claim their prizes by responding to the IG message or via email to cchapman@isleofwightus.net. Prizes can be picked up in person or mailed.

The contest is open to all professional and amateur photographers. Entrants must be 18 years of age and older. Entries can be digitally manipulated or cropped as the photographer chooses. However, submissions must be original and not have previously been published on any other websites. Prints and videos will not be accepted.

For more information, contact Connie Chapman at 757-365-1644 or cchapman@isleofwightus.net.