Friday, October 11, 2013

Instagram Weekend Challenge: #InspiringYale

Here are some examples of what you might expect from #InspiringYale this weekend:

Weekend Forecast has improved.  
Yesterday, the Weather Channel forecasted rain for Saturday and Sunday.  Today, the forecast has shifted and much less rain is expected than previously predicted.  Weather will play a major role in the outcome of the instagram contest this weekend, for all participants.  In light of Peter Salovey's inauguration, where he shifts over to the old desk of Richard Levin and takes the title of President, you can expect to see some weather indicative of autumn; cool sweater and jacket temperatures, perhaps a rain shower.  Smart folk will bring umbrellas, and if we're all lucky, nobody will have to use one.

Yale has announced the Instagram Challenge ( in which prizes will be awarded for various categories of photo.

You'll be able to watch the results unfold here, on Nhv.Org; a posting will be entered in the morning and the photos will be changing throughout the day.  Check back every couple hours between sports games to see how the Instagram Weekend Challenge is doing.  This contest was not organized by Nhv.Org but we are assisting in informing the public.

The hashtag on Instagram is, effectively, "#InspiringYale" and there are 10 separate contests.  The  prizes include:

Categories (go to the Official Yale Page for complete listing of rules and regulations)

  • Most Inspiring Instagram: the best overall shot taken during the Open House (10 a.m.–4 p.m.)
    Prize: lunch with President Peter Salovey for the winner and two friends at a mutually agreed upon date this academic year.
  • Top Dog: the best shot from the canine kick-off on the Cross Campus (10 a.m.–10:30 a.m.).
    Prize: the winner gets to walk Handsome on the sidelines during one of the next three home football games.
  • Best Brains: the best shot from the Cushing Center brains exhibit tour or other Yale School of Medicine open house activities (10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.).
    Prize: the winner gets a special, framed Yale University photograph by University Photographer Michael Marsland and their own photograph (portrait or event) taken by the University Photographer.
  • Most Festive Fiesta: the best shot inside at the Yale Peabody Museum’s Fiesta Latina program (10 a.m.–3 p.m.).
    Prize: the winner gets two tickets to the Yale Repertory Theatre’s spring production of “These Paper Bullets” at a time of their choosing.
  • Top Gallery: the best shot from inside the Yale University Art Gallery, Yale Center for British Art, 32 Edgewood Gallery, Green Hall, or Rudolph Hall  (10 a.m.–4 p.m.).
    Prize: the winner gets dinner for four at Heirloom, seated at the chef’s counter. Executive Chef Carey Savona will make a menu specifically for the winner and will come out, chat, and Instagram the dishes as they are served.
  • Natural Vistas: the best shot from Marsh Botanic Gardens or the Yale Farm (11 a.m.–2 p.m.).
    Prize: dinner for four at Miya's Sushi. Chef Bun Lai will make special sushi, locally sourced, in honor of the winner.
  • Most Divine: the best shot of the Divinity School during its open house activities ( 11 a.m.–2 p.m.).
    Prize: the winner gets to go with University Photographer Michael Marsland on a special photo shoot on top of one of Yale’s towers during this academic year.
  • Top Science: the best shot of one of the engineering or Science Hill events at the Wright Lab, Sterling Chemistry Lab, Kroon Hall, CSSSI, or Becton Center (10 a.m.–2 p.m.):
    Prize: the winner gets lunch for 6 at Meat & Co., and will be joined by proprietor John Ginnetti to Instagram the occasion.
  • Performing Arts: the best shot of one of the performances on Cross Campus or Becton Plaza during the Open House (taken 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.).
    Prize: the winner gets the design services of the University Printer’s office for a special poster design for their event or organization.
  • Inside the Gates: the best shot from one of the 12 residential colleges or the graduate school during their open houses (2 p.m.–4 p.m.).
    Prize: the winner gets dinner for four at ROIA. Chef Avi Szapiro and his team will create a locally sourced meal.