Strawberry Picking Photo Nets a Duke Time Off Prize

Duke staff and faculty are invited to share pictures of summertime off – near and far – for prizes from the Washington Duke Inn, Duke Lemur Center and University Stores

Katelynne Durrant and her family picking strawberries.
Katelynne Durrant and her children, Keegan, left, and Riley, right, enjoy a day of picking strawberries. Photo courtesy of Katelynne Durrant.

On Memorial Day, Katelynne Durrant and her family made the short trip from their Hillsborough home to the McAdams Farm in nearby Efland. 

After a little bit of work in the warm sunshine, the Durrants had everything they came for: some fun family memories and a four-quart basket filled to the top with perfect, red strawberries.

Family picking strawberries. “You only really have a month when you can pick strawberries, so it’s a really small window,” said Durrant, special projects program coordinator in the Duke Health’s Graduate Medical Education office. “This is something we always look forward to.”

When the basket was filled, Durrant’s husband, Eric, snapped a photo of her and her children, 8-year old son Keegan and 5-year old daughter Riley, along with their haul. That photo, capturing a moment from a fun family adventure, was picked as the first winner in the 2022 Duke Time Off photo campaign.

For the photo, Durrant will receive a Duke beach towel, courtesy of Duke University Stores. As for the strawberries in the photo, they only lasted about three days.

“My kids love the aftermath of strawberry picking, when they get to actually eat the strawberries,” Durrant said. “We did all sorts of things with them. We made jam and chocolate-covered strawberries. We made crepes and various things that they love.”

The 2022 Duke Time Off photo campaign is only just beginning and University and Health System staff and faculty can win prizes all summer long by sharing pictures of the fun they have away from work.

To be eligible for prizes, photographs must be taken between May 25, 2022 and Aug. 8, 2022, and shared by current University and Health System staff and faculty during the same time period. The deadline for submissions is 12 p.m. Aug. 8. Winners will be announced on Working@Duke in late August.

How to share your 2022 summer pictures:

  • Post and tag a photo on TwitterInstagram or Facebook with #DukeTimeOff. Tell us what you’re doing with your time away from work. Remember to include #DukeTimeOff in your post, so we can find your snapshots on social media.
  • If you’re not on social media or prefer to share your picture another way, upload your picture here.

During the campaign, the Working@Duke editorial team will award Duke-themed merchandise from the Duke eStore. Grand prizes include the following and pictures shared over the course of the summer campaign (between May 25, 2022 and Aug. 8, 2022) will be in the running:

  • A “Classic Package for Two” at the Washington Duke Inn, which includes a king or double/double room for one night and full breakfast for two in the Vista Room or room service. Sunday brunch is not eligible.
  • Walking with Lemurs tour for four with Lemur Center Executive Director Greg Dye –courtesy of the Duke Lemur Center.

For submissions with multiple photos, only the first picture will be considered for the contest. Collage photographs and videos are not eligible for prizes.

Send story ideas, shout-outs and photographs through our story idea form or write working@duke.edu.