Wild horses on a beach.

Staff Member's Trip to See Wild Horses Wins a Duke Time Off Photo Prize

Horses on a beach
Seeing the wild horses on the Outer Banks was a special experience for Duke Regional Hospital's Margaret Muir. Photo by Margaret Muir.

“It was magical to me,” Muir said. “A lot of people may not get excited about wild horses, but it was amazing to me.”

Muir shared an image of three of the horses, part of a herd descended from animals left behind by long-forgotten shipwrecks, as part of the Duke Time Off photo campaign. The image was selected as the first winner of the 2023 summer-long contest, earning her a Duke beach towel courtesy of Duke University Stores.

“These trips are important because it just gives you something to look forward to,” said Muir, who likes to plan short getaways throughout the year.

We welcome pictures of your special moments and off the beaten path adventures that capture your summer reprieve – everything from a backyard barbecue and beach getaway to a long-awaited international trip that highlight the ways Duke University and Duke University Health System staff and faculty use their time off benefit.

How to share your 2023 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, go to to upload your picture.

To be eligible for prizes, photographs must be taken between May 24, 2023 through Aug. 6, 2023, 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. 7.

We welcome and encourage frequent submissions (there’s a prize for a shutterbug), but only the first picture in a series will be entered whenever one submission contains multiple images. Collage photographs and videos are not eligible for prizes.

During the campaign, the Working@Duke editorial team will award Duke-themed merchandise from the Duke eStore, courtesy of Duke University Stores. All eligible pictures shared throughout the course of the campaign – May 24, 2023, through Aug. 6, 2023 – will be in the running for these grand prizes:

  • 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, courtesy of the Washington Duke Inn. Sunday brunch is not eligible.
  • Walking with Lemurs tour for four with Lemur Center Executive Director Greg Dye, courtesy of the Duke Lemur Center.

Grand prize winners will be announced on Working@Duke in late August.

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