SPG Snap, Post, Win 100,000 points Photo Contest

Starwood Preferred Guest has a Twitter and Instagram photography contest running March 18 – April 5, 2013 for a chance to win 100,000 Starpoints. There are only 248 entries with just one week left to go in the contest.

Contest open to USA and Canada residents, 18 and over, excluding Quebec.

SPG Spring 2013 Photo Contest link.


SPG Snap, Post, Win Photo Contest March 18-April 5, 2013.

How to Enter:

During the Promotional Period, you (“Entrant”) may enter the Contest on Instagram or Twitter by uploading an inspirational spring SPG travel related photo to Instagram or Twitter and including #SPGSPRINGWINin the photo caption.

Entrants must follow @SPG on either Instagram or Twitter, it must be the same site as the Entrant chooses to enter the Contest on.

Photos and captions uploaded on Instagram must be done so in accordance with the Instagram Terms of Use.

All photos and captions uploaded on Twitter must comply with the Terms of Useon Twitter.

All entry materials (including the photo and caption) submitted during the entry process are referred to below as the “Entry”


The Grand Prize winner will be determined by a Sponsor-selected panel of judges (“Judges”) based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic appeal of the composition and subject matter (40%);
  • Topical relevance (travel, luxury, mention of SPG) (40%); and
  • overall quality of the image (20%).

All eligible Entries will be judged from 12:01 a.m. ET on April 6, 2013 through 11:59 p.m. ET on April 10, 2013. In the event of a tie, tied Entries will be re-judged based 100% on artistic appeal of the composition and subject matter and a Grand Prize winner will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Entrants agree to the Official Rules and to the decisions of the Judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects.


There are several guidelines for an eligible photo entry you need to read.

Looking through my Hotel Kamp photos from Helsinki, Finland two weeks ago does not reveal any ‘spring flowers’ type imagery when the city park benches outside the hotel were buried under snow and ice.


Hotel Kamp, Starwood Hotels Luxury Collection, Helsinki Finland – March 12, 2013.

I snapped beautiful wildflower photos this week from Big Sur with an ocean backdrop, but that location is over 100 miles from the nearest Starwood Hotel.


Wild Irises on Big Sur Coast, Monterey County, California – March 26, 2013.

Yesterday I photographed two sea otters having sex. That was a first time for me. The female made a high-pitched squealing sound as the male bit her nose. It started and ended over the period of two minutes.


Spring mating in Moss Landing.

Looks like I have to check out  past years’ photos when I traveled to Starwood Hotels in spring time light and colors.

Good luck to all the entrants.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined in 2008.

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