Back in June, Short Order told you about the new progressive B Hotel brand's plans to open two new hotels in Miami in 2013. The first will carry the b2 moniker, offering what B Hotel calls "value full-service" access to amenities, but at a more affordable price. In an attempt to draw from the community to inspire the properties, b2 recently launched a photo contest open to both professional and amateur photographers.
"The 'Capturing Miami Photo Contest,' offers young and up-and-coming artists an outlet to express their creativity and provide a stage for their work in what's soon-to-be downtown's newest hotel," as stated in a press release.
Contestants are invited to submit their most compelling high resolution (at least 10800 x 7200 pixels at 300 dpi) image of Miami for a chance to have their work exhibited in the new city hotel. The contest is open now through December 31 in partnership with the art directors of the Wolfsonian-FIU. The best 20 pictures will be selected to be featured in all 243 guest rooms and the hotel's public spaces
Those 20 photographs will be exhibited on the b2 Facebook page, where anyone can go "like" or vote for their favorite one. The grand-prize winner will be unveiled at a VIP reception coinciding with the grand opening events in early 2013. The winner will receive $1,000, complimentary five-night hotel stay in the new b2 Miami Downtown and have their photograph on display in the hotel lobby and in the Wolfsonian. Second place receives $500 and a three-night stay, and third place receives a two-night stay. Every photo entered in the contest will have a chance to be installed in the b2's guest rooms and public spaces.
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For the official photography contest rules, photo submission instructions and to register for a chance to be part of the new b2 Miami Downtown's décor, which will serve as a year-round art exhibit, visit the Capturing Miami Photo Contest page.
The B Hotel brand was unveiled at the annual Lodging Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2010 and opened its flagship location in Fort Lauderdale in 2011. The South Florida-based group has enjoyed much recognition for its lifestyle-approach to guest accommodations. The Fort Lauderdale flagship earned the coveted AAA Four Diamond rating and the new Miami locations downtown and in South Beach expect to follow the same road.
"As we grow our footprint in 2013 and beyond, we continue focusing on approachability," said CEO and president Ayelet Weinstein, "tailoring to the specific needs of travelers, and how they desire their experience to be, when visiting top markets."