July 31, 2012 | by Lisa Mattson

While traveling across the country to celebrate our 40th anniversary, we found Jordan bottles on display in some very creative places–paired with some of our fans’ favorite things. Photographs of these “pairings” inspired our next photography contest: What Would You Pair with Jordan Wine?

Today through September 30, we’re asking friends to create a photo that pairs your favorite special “something” with a Jordan wine. These photos can show memories from a visit to the Jordan chateau, an unforgettable travel destination, a special moment with Jordan wine (birthday, anniversary, wedding, engagement, etc.), your favorite song, an amazing meal, a beloved pet, even a pair of shoes. Be creative. Amateur and professional photographers are welcome, and you don’t need a fancy camera to win. Some of our favorite shots from the 40th party tour were taken on iPhones, which we’ve displayed here for your inspiration.

The highest-scoring entry will receive the grand prize of $500 cash. The first runner-up will receive one (1) Wine Enthusiast Silent 32 Bottle Dual Zone Touchscreen Wine Refrigerator ($300), and second runner-up will receive one (1) Jordan-engraved Riedel crystal decanter ($150).

Entering the contest is simple. Take an artistic photo of a Jordan wine bottle or Jordan wine label paired with your favorite thing or place. (Please keep in mind that photos may not include identifiable people/faces for privacy and permissions reasons.) No purchase of Jordan wine is required to enter. So, you can request up to two empty wine bottles and up to six wine labels may be requested as photo props at no cost to entrants by emailing us. (Please include your full name, shipping address and phone number when requesting supplies.) For Photoshop-designed entries, digital images of Jordan wine bottles are available for download from our Trade & Media library.

Judging takes place September 30-October 4, and will be conducted by a panel of photographers and artists. Winners will be announced here October 5.

You can enter the promotion through the Contests tab on the Jordan Vineyard & Winery Page Facebook page, which is recommended so we can easily promote your photograph to thousands of fans. You may also submit entries via our blog email address, but Facebook is preferred. Please use subject line: What Would You Pair with Jordan Wine Photo Contest. When including your photo entry, please attach a .jpg format image no larger than 15 MB.

What Would You Pair with Jordan Wine? is open to natural persons 21 years of age or older at the time of entry and who are residing in the United States, excluding Puerto Rico and its territories, and any state where the Contest is prohibited by law. California residents are not eligible due to alcohol promotion laws. Please review our official contest rules before entering, which includes specifics about voting criteria and prohibited items.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. PST on September 30, 2012. (Note: official contest rules list the deadline as September 15, but it has been extended to the end of the month.)

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