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Share Your Duke Time Off Summer 2024 Photos for Prizes

How to share your 2024 summer pictures:

  • Post and tag a photo on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the #DukeTimeOff hashtag and tag Working@Duke in your posts as well.
  • In your post, share what you’re doing with your time away from work and why it’s special.
  • Remember to include #DukeTimeOff and tag Working@Duke in your post, so we see 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 pic.
Paquita Burnette-Thorpe and her husband, Derrick, share a moment atop Hanging Rock. Photo courtesy of Paquita Burnette-Thorpe.

We welcome and encourage frequent submissions (there’s a prize for a shutterbug), but only the first picture in a series of pictures 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 Duke University Stores.

All eligible pictures taken and shared throughout the course of the campaign – May 22, 2024, through Aug. 4, 2024 – will be in the running for these grand prizes:

  • A “Classic Package for Two” ($425 value) 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.
  • A tour of the Duke Lemur Center’s Natural History Museum for up to five people with museum curator, Dr. Matt Borths. The collection is one of the rarest fossil primate collections in the world. Borths and his team will give the lucky winners a behind the scenes look at the collection and let them try their hand at fossil prep work.

Last year, staff and faculty shared nearly 400photos of adventures close to home and across the globe.

For Paquita Burnette-Thorpe, Wedding Director at Duke University Chapel, vacations usually entail jetting off to somewhere warm. She recently enjoyed the beaches of Jamaica and plans to explore Belize later this year.

But during the summer of 2023, she and her husband, Derrick, decided to find adventure closer to home. They took a week of vacation days in June and visited North Carolina attractions such as Wrightsville Beach and Hanging Rock State Park.

On the couple’s visit to Hanging Rock, they captured a photo at the top of Hanging Rock with the blue sky and rolling green mountain ridges behind them. Burnette-Thorpe shared the image during last year’s Duke Time Off photo contest, where it was selected among the amazing images. The contest highlights the adventures, hobbies and special moments experienced by Duke staff and faculty while using their time off benefit.

“I think one of the best things you can do is practice self-care,” said Burnette-Thorpe, who has worked at Duke for nearly five years. “Taking time off work is a form of self-care. And it’s your time, you’ve earned it. It gives you a chance to refresh, revive yourself and focus on the things that are important to you outside of work.”

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