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Snap Photos and Win a Gift Card:

Walk to School Day Photo Contest

Two girls walking to school in rain

This year Minnesota Safe Routes to School is sponsoring a Walk to School Day Photo Contest. On Wednesday, October 4th, take pictures of your students walking or bicycling to school and post to MnSRTS Facebook page with the hashtag #mnwalks. The winning photos will receive $25 gift cards!

It’s takes two steps to enter!

  1. Take a photo of students walking or bicycling to school.
  2. Post your photo by Oct. 6th using the hashtags #mnwalks.

Winners will be eligible to receive a gift card for up to $25. (several gift cards available) and will be notified via Facebook.

Here's what we would like to see:


Photographs that:

  • Are suitable for possible use in Minnesota Safe Routes to School materials
  • Convey a walking or bicycling to school message
  • Are original, creative and include students walking/biking

By submitting a photo, participants give permission to the Minnesota Department of Transportation to use the photo in the Minnesota Safe Routes to School promotional materials.

Questions? Email dave.cowan@state.mn.us.

Contest Rules

  1. Any costs incurred related to taking or submitting the photo shall be borne by the person submitting the photo. 
  2. You will not receive acknowledgement of receipt.   
  3. All submissions are non-returnable and shall remain the sole property of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). MnDOT reserves all rights to reproduce, publicize or to exhibit the submissions in any form of media or medium whether locally or internationally without any prior notification, payment or acknowledgment made to participants. Images submitted must not be published in any media or medium prior to entry in this contest.
  4. All entries must be of participants’ original works. Usage of third party/parties creative works is strictly prohibited.
  5. Judges’ decision is final.
  6. Winners will be notified by via their social network no later than October 17th, 2017.
  7. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. No purchase necessary.

Waiver and Release

By submitting an entry and participating in this contest, I agree and acknowledge that I am subject to the following:

  1. That I am the lawful author/copyright owner/authorized party of this image/works submitted.
  2. That I give Minnesota Department of Transportation and its partners the absolute rights and permission to the copyrights to use or reuse, to publish or republish, and to produce the image/works that I have submitted. The permission includes, but is not limited to, printed materials, websites and social media.
  3. That I have received the permissions to take their photograph, and submit their photograph to MnDOT for this contest, from all the models, persons and individuals whose images appear in my photograph. I have also secured the permissions from the owners of any private property or props I used in the photograph.   
  4. By entering, I agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Minnesota Department of Transportation, its respective subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents and representatives, from any and all third party liability for any injuries, loss, claim, action, demand or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the competition (collectively, “Losses”), including without limitation any third party claim for copyright infringement or a violation of an individual’s right to privacy and/or publicity right.
  5. That I have met all the rules and regulations stated for this contest.
  6. The Minnesota Department of Transportation will not authorize third parties’ use of the submitted photographs, images or works for commercial use. MnDOT will use its best efforts to prevent unauthorized use of the photographs, images or works; although MnDOT cannot guarantee that all unauthorized or commercial use of my photograph can be prevented. I release Minnesota Department of Transportation from any claims of or liability for unauthorized use of the photograph I submit as part of this contest.