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Your Buffalo summer pictures could win you $5k in prizes

Do you have pictures that show Buffalo at its best? Share them on Instagram and you could win a prize valued at $5,000.

Visit Buffalo Niagara, the regional tourism bureau that is running the contest, has amassed prizes from more than 50 restaurants, retailers and attractions for the winner. They will receive $716 worth of gift certificates to stores at Walden Galleria, a Golden Keychain from Ted's Hot Dogs that promises lifetime discounts, six gallons of Chiavetta's chicken marinade and free ice cream every day for two months from Churn Soft Serve.

Photos shared online in May, June and July will be entered in the contest. Nine finalist photos will be chosen and put up for a vote during the week of July 25. A winner will be chosen Aug. 2.

Photo entries should bear the hashtag #intheBUF.

Weekly winners will also be chosen and will receive such prizes as certificates for Paula's Donuts, Anderson's, Lloyd Taco Factory and passes to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Colored Musicians Club and the Curtiss Hotel.

The tourism bureau  hopes the campaign to share Buffalo's beauty will help build buzz among potential tourists.

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