Enter the Heart of Seattle Photo Contest on Instagram, and get a chance to win $400 worth of gift cards to local businesses!

Small businesses at the heart of our communities are what keep our neighborhoods alive and vibrant — and we want you to capture that.

We’ve teamed up with The Evergrey to host a photo contest that highlights the small businesses in Downtown, Belltown, and South Lake Union we know and love during Seattle’s Welcome Back Weeks.

From September 4th to September 19th, share your photos from Downtown, Belltown, and South Lake Union small businesses on Instagram, and you’ll get a chance to win a Small Business Prize Pack, which will include $400 worth of gift certificates to Seattle local businesses!

Contest Categories


Share an image that centers people at a local business. This could be the owner or customers — showcase the business’s community or the people behind the business!


This photo will center the physical location/space of a business. Share an image that captures the ambience, look, or just what makes the business’s location special to you.


An image in this category will center an item (food, product, equipment, etc.) at a business. Show off your best food photos, pictures of an amazing product, and more that showcases what the business has to offer.

How to Enter the Heart of Seattle Photo Contest

1. Upload your photo from a small businesses in Downtown, Belltown, or South Lake Union to your Instagram Feed (not Stories)

2. Tag @intentionalist_ and @the_evergrey in your photo

3. In the caption, include the hashtag #WelcomeBackSeattle, name of the business, the story behind the photo, and which category you’re submitting your photo to (People, Places, or Things)

You can submit as many photos as you’d like to each category — more entries = more opportunities to win!

Deadline to submit your photos is September 19th.

After the submission deadline, we’ll have an online vote to determine four winners:

  • 1 winner from the People category
  • 1 winner from the Places category
  • 1 winner from the Things category
  • 1 winner with the best story behind their photo

Good luck, and capture the Heart of Seattle!

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