Win Prizes in our Instagram Photo Contest: What’s Your Connection?

BYU’s College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences is all about connections—in and between families, societies, political systems, lands, and even between the past and the present! That’s why we call our annual magazine Connections. And we want to connect better with you! We want to learn about some of the unique ways that you connect, and not just with your WiFi. Connections can be made in many different ways and with many different things or people. Doing family history can connect you with your ancestors.  Rotating weekly cooking arrangements that let you eat together can connect you with your roommates. Taking a morning walk every day may be your key for reconnecting with nature. Connections are everywhere! Show us who or what you connect with on our Instagram page (@byufhss), and you could win some amazing prizes, like a $50 Visa gift card (that you can use anywhere) or a $30 gift basket from the BYU Store!

 “My Connections” Instagram Photo Contest

Your photo should depict a connection of some kind. You may choose to focus on a connection with

  • your community
  • your heritage
  • your education
  • your environment
  • your family
  • your friends or roommates

Like our page to see all the photos submitted last year. Think outside of the box and be creative. You may not even recognize something you do as a means of connection until you take the time to stop and think. Two winners will be chosen. Each individual may enter one photo to the contest. The photo must be an original one you took.

Last year’s winning photo

To Be Eligible For This Contest You Must:

  1. Have an Instagram account
  2. Follow @byufhss on Instagram.

You don’t have to be a BYU student to enter, but you do need to post only BYU-appropriate content.

How to Enter the Contest:

  1. Post a picture on Instagram, between November 23rd and December 2 with the following:
    • A caption that describes the significance of the photo and how what is happening in the photo helps you connect
    • Tag @byufhss
    • Include #byufhssconnect in the caption
    • Encourage your followers to vote for your picture between December 5th and 7th.

Contest Timeline:

Entries will not be accepted after 11:59 p.m. on December 2nd.

Voting: On Monday, December 5th, five of the best photos will be chosen and announced on our @byufhss Instagram page. This decision will be based on creativity, aesthetic appeal, and relevance to the theme. Popular voting, which will be done by liking or commenting on the photos, will begin on this day.

Voting will determine 1st and 2nd place out of the top five, and will be based on the number of likes each photo receives. “Likes” will ONLY be counted on the photos on the FHSS Instagram (“likes” on individual Instagram accounts will not be considered). Voting will take place between Monday, December 5th and will go until Wednesday, December 7th at 10:00 p.m.

Winners: 1st and 2nd place winners will be announced on Thursday, December 8th!


  • 1st place: a $50 Visa Gift Card (think: Christmas shopping done!)
  • 2nd place: a $30 finals survival kit full of goodies from the BYU Store

*Note: by submitting a photo and entering the contest, the entrant affirms that it is his or her original work, and gives the BYU College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences permission to use it in any of its various communications channels, including but not limited to the annual Connections magazine. You will be given credit.

**This post’s feature photo was last year’s second-place winner

Let’s get gramming!

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