There are a lot of misconceptions about Miami -- and Miami Beach in particular. Sure, it's a picturesque tropical paradise, but there's more to the area between South Pointe Park and Indian Creek than Brazilian bikinis and frozen cocktails.
As a local, now's your chance to show the world the area's lesser-known assets, and maybe win sweet prizes while you're at it. The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) is hosting a "favorite places" photo contest from now through the end of the month.
The gist of the contest is this: share an original (no stealing from Instagram, you guys) photo of your fave Miami Beach spot -- someplace you'd recommend to friends and family. So maybe not the alley alongside Mac's Club Deuce.
The top ten photos with the most likes will be chosen as semi-finalists.
The prizes are pretty sweet: a $500 gift card for first place; a $250 gift card for second and an Apple iPad Mini for third.
The contest is on now and ends at 11:59 p.m. on September 30, 2014. To be eligible for the winning swag, you've gotta upload the photo via the MBVCA Facebook contest page and email a hi-res version to email@example.com. The contest is open to legal U.S. residents 18 and older, and only ten entries can be submitted per email address/per person.
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