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DFMWR photo scavenger hunt offers fun, prizes

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Published: July 11, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (July 11, 2014) -- Posting photos to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on the Internet is a popular way many people choose to show friends and Family fun and interesting activities that are going on in their lives, and Fort Rucker Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation is jumping on the bandwagon.

DFMWR is hosting a photo scavenger hunt where participants tag @FortRuckerMWR and hashtag #fortruckermwr in their personal photos to give patrons the opportunity to participate in something fun and creative, all while entering for a chance to win awesome prizes, said Kristen Taylor, DFMWR marketing, website and social media assistant.

Participants must follow Fort Rucker DFMWR on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, or all three on a device, and must hashtag one of the scavenger hunt items.

Prizes include four one-day passes to Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Ga., and four passes to  WonderWorks or four passes to Shipwreck Island Waterpark in Panama City Beach, Fla.

“Whether or not you are a lucky winner, we want our participants to have captured memories to look back on when the event is over,” said Taylor, adding that the competition is open to the public and to all ages.

In order to be more accommodating, DFMWR officials use the DFMWR website and social media pages as quick resources for patrons. By participating in the photo scavenger hunt, it allows patron interaction and gives them an opportunity to share their creativity, said the marketing, website and social media assistant.

“We want our community to use our social media pages to stay informed, share news and be interactive. We hope by tagging @FortRuckerMWR we are offering fun, engaging ways to communicate,” she said.

There are 10 hashtags that participants must tag on the photos. The hashtags are #RedWhiteandBlue, #GreenMachine, #ANuttyBuddy, #SandyToes, #BearClaw, #ACupofJoe, #SweetT, #HappyFeet, #SideKick, and #Army Strong.

Taylor said that the department wanted to incorporate Army, patriotism, summer and personal interests into the scavenger hunt and that the tags leave much to the imagination.

“#SideKick can be a picture of you practicing a dance move or it could be you and your best bud taking a spin in a pink jeep,” she said. “We want you to have fun and capture your portrayal of the hashtag items.” 

The photos can be uploaded in any order, and participants can repeat more than one hashtag if they wish, but all 10 tags must be used by July 31.

“After completing everything on the scavenger hunt list, you can then submit your entry form for a chance to win at You can do all of your hunting and tagging anytime between now and the deadline,” said Taylor.

Winners will be decided in different categories from the completed submissions Aug. 1, and people should make sure on the registration form to let officials know which website the photos have been uploaded to. 

“We will randomly pick the grand prize winners from the submission forms with completed lists,” she said. “We will also have additional prizes to give out to those with the most creative photos.”

Taylor said that DFMWR officials want the community to be as imaginative and creative as possible. So, participants don’t have to limit photos to just Fort Rucker, they can be taken anywhere photography is allowed.

“We live in a digital age. People use their cell phone for everything. Pictures, to-do lists, calendars, research – your whole life can evolve around your cell phone,” she continued. “Most individuals turn to social media as a primary source for information. When individuals move to a new duty station, they want to have all the information at their fingertips. Fort Rucker DFMWR has something for everyone, and our goal is to improve the quality of life for our Soldiers, civilians and their Families during their stay at Fort Rucker.”

People can get all of the details for the photo scavenger hunt by visiting DFMWR’s website and clicking on the Tag You’re It! button on the home page.

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