photo-scavenger-hunt Two years ago today we posted our first photo on Instagram.


And to celebrate, we’re going to hold a photo scavenger hunt for the rest of the month, complete with prizes. So, get your camera (or phone) ready.

photo scavenger hunt bannerEach scavenger hunt item can earn you two contest entries. Share your photos in Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, etc. and tag them #CompassionHunt. Then come back here and post the URL of your photo in the widget at the end of this post to get your contest entries.

And with the recent addition of video to Instagram, you’re welcome to submit an Instagram video or a Vine instead of a photo.

The #CompassionHunt will run through July 31 at 9 p.m. MT. to give you plenty of time to find the items. You may notice that there are a few additional ways to pump up your entry count listed in the widget. Be sure to take advantage of them.

And the prizes? We’ll be giving away five Compassion t-shirts, a ResQrags t-shirt, two stainless steel Compassion mugs, one Compassion messenger bag, a copy of A Place at the Table by Chris Seay and a $25 gift for your sponsored child.

Here are your scavenger hunt items:

  • A baby scale

    photo scavenger hunt baby scale

    Our Child Survival Program (CSP) helps save the lives of babies and mothers in poverty. Take a picture of a baby scale (with or without the baby) to recognize the ongoing health care CSP helps deliver.

  • Braided hair

    photo scavenger hunt braided hair

    Braided hair is common in the countries where we work. Hair styling is also a vocational skill often taught to teens in our sponsorship program.

  • Children playing soccer

    photo scavenger hunt soccer

    It’s the most popular game in the world. ’nuff said.

  • A church sign

    photo scavenger hunt church sign

    We implement our programs in partnership with the local church. To represent our church-based approach, take a photo of a church sign (or a church).

  • Flag of a country where we work

    photo scavenger hunt flag

    You have 26 to choose from. If you don’t have any travel scheduled you may have difficulty with this one.

  • A farmers market or food vendor

    photo scavenger hunt food market

    Take a photo of a farmers market or of a food vendor on the street. Many families in the developing world earn a living by selling food on the side of the road.

  • A flip phone

    photo scavenger hunt flip phone

    According to the World Bank, three-quarters of the world’s inhabitants now have access to a mobile phone. To recognize this, take a photo of a flip phone, assuming you can find one. Nielsen reports that smartphone owners now make up the majority (61%) of mobile subscribers in the U.S.

  • A food staple common to the developing world (e.g., rice, naan, injera bread or tortillas)

    photo scavenger hunt tortillas

    Take a photo of one of these four food items (rice, tortillas, naan or injera bread) common in the countries we work in.

  • A goat or cow

    Take a photo of a goat or cow. Livestock equals livelihood for many in the developing world.[/caption]

  • A sewing machine

    photo scavenger hunt sewing machine

    Take a photo of a sewing machine. Sewing is one of the vocational skills taught to teens in our sponsorship program.

  • Seeds or grain

    photo scavenger hunt sifting grain

    For many in the developing world, if they don’t grow their own food they don’t eat. Take a photo of fruit seeds, garden seeds, harvested grain or a field of grain.

  • A stethoscope

    photo scavenger hunt stethoscope

    To recognize the fact that 24,000 children under age 5 die every day, mostly from preventable diseases, take a picture of a stethoscope.

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  1. Jul 11, 2013
    at 5:07 am

    So fun! I love this :)

  2. Jul 11, 2013
    at 6:17 am

    Flag of Haiti

    Also shared on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+

  3. Erika Hofacker
    Jul 11, 2013
    at 7:11 am
  4. Jul 11, 2013
    at 7:29 am

    This is going to be so fun!

  5. Erika Hofacker
    Jul 11, 2013
    at 1:13 pm
    • Chris Giovagnoni
      Jul 13, 2013
      at 10:52 am

      To have your photos qualify for contest entries, you need to submit the URL in the widget embedded in the post.

  6. Jul 11, 2013
    at 5:22 pm

    This looks like so much fun! Can’t wait to get started!

  7. Jul 11, 2013
    at 6:39 pm
    • Chris Giovagnoni
      Jul 13, 2013
      at 10:54 am

      Please be sure to submit your photos via the widget embedded in the blog post. That is the tool we are using to keep track of all the entries and to select our winners.

  8. Jul 11, 2013
    at 6:45 pm

    Just made my list and will be hunting this weekend :) Have a precious grandbaby to stage some photos!

  9. Jul 11, 2013
    at 7:55 pm

    What a fun idea! Just told my readers all about it:

  10. Jul 11, 2013
    at 9:58 pm

    Done and done!!
    Blogged at
    I was lucky enough to visit Indonesia last year and go to a number of projects around Manado. Ive decided to only use pictures from my trip as its more personal and relevant!

    Mobile phone-
    Street vendor-
    Church Sign/Church-

    Facebooked, blogged, Twittered and Flickred!!!

  11. Jul 12, 2013
    at 10:01 am

    What a beautiful idea. The photos are wonderful.

  12. Jul 13, 2013
    at 11:01 am

    Goats are a livelihood for some in our family too!

  13. Jul 13, 2013
    at 5:31 pm

    I’ve seen all sorts of photos on Instagram that fit these descriptions but aren’t from people playing… I totally want to tag them and claim them as mine but I’m pretty sure that’d be cheating (though it would be introducing new people to the game).

  14. Jul 13, 2013
    at 6:20 pm

    My post hasnt shown up….oh well

  15. Kaitlyn Porter
    Jul 13, 2013
    at 7:23 pm
  16. Jul 15, 2013
    at 11:39 am

    I’m loving the great pictures coming from this! :) plus it’s easy to find and follow Compassion friends on Instagram when I’m scrolling through the pics under the #compassionhunt

  17. Jul 15, 2013
    at 11:46 am

    URLs that you leave as a comment do not earn you entries into the contest. You must use the widget embedded in the blog post to submit your URLs and be credited with contest entries.

  18. Jul 15, 2013
    at 2:07 pm

    These photos are inspiring. There is joy in all of them.

  19. Jessica C
    Jul 17, 2013
    at 5:24 pm

    Where can we find the photos? Do they have to be photos we take a picture of or on your website, other?

    • Jacquie Parella
      Jul 17, 2013
      at 5:37 pm

      They are photos you take a picture of. Photos of things at home, your church, community, etc.

  20. Kara
    Jul 17, 2013
    at 5:31 pm

    Is it OK if the picture of the church sign is the church sign on our van, because currently that’s all I can use…

    • Jacquie Parella
      Jul 17, 2013
      at 5:37 pm

      That is totally ok. Can’t wait to see it!

  21. Jul 17, 2013
    at 6:45 pm

    Photo of my sponsored child and Ghana flag.

  22. Cori Nations
    Jul 17, 2013
    at 7:35 pm
  23. Dave Ruiz
    Jul 17, 2013
    at 8:13 pm
    Tortillas en México :)

  24. Dave Ruiz
    Jul 17, 2013
    at 8:16 pm
  25. David Harris
    Jul 18, 2013
    at 5:14 am

    not sure if I copied the url right. I submitted 4 photos from Peru. The picture of the sugar cane truck and the guy diving for octopus and crab are kind of different.

  26. Jul 18, 2013
    at 3:08 pm
  27. Laura
    Jul 23, 2013
    at 9:57 am
  28. Laura
    Jul 23, 2013
    at 9:58 am
  29. Jul 23, 2013
    at 12:01 pm
  30. Jul 23, 2013
    at 12:02 pm
    Flag – Dominican Republic

  31. Jul 23, 2013
    at 12:03 pm
    Flag – Dominican Republic

  32. Jul 23, 2013
    at 12:05 pm
    Church Sign
    This is me holding the younger brother of my sponsored child outside Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic

  33. Jul 23, 2013
    at 12:05 pm
    Braided Hair
    This is my sister-in-law’s sponsored child

  34. Jul 23, 2013
    at 12:06 pm
  35. Jul 23, 2013
    at 12:08 pm
    Braided Hair
    This is Luz – my father’s sponsored child in the Dominican Republic. Her name means “light” and this child brings light to everyone she meets with the biggest smile I have ever seen. She likes to twirl her head around to make the braid on her forehead spin like a helicopter.

  36. Jul 25, 2013
    at 8:45 am

    All my pictures for Peru are on Instagram. Photos of my sponsored children are also on here! God is good

  37. Gianna
    Jul 25, 2013
    at 10:21 am
  38. Jul 27, 2013
    at 8:38 pm
    Is it cheating that I didn’t take any new pictures. I honestly had every single one of these already.

    • Jacquie Parella
      Jul 29, 2013
      at 9:43 am

      No, you’re not cheating. :) Just make sure you enter them via the widget at the end of the post. Great photos!

  39. Jul 30, 2013
    at 10:06 pm

    just received a tweet about a gift card using your name Bri and it was a link to a hard core porn site — best check your twitter to see if you’ve been hacked – hope I didn’t hurt myself by clicking the link — I thought it was about the scavenger hunt :-(

    • Jacquie Parella
      Jul 31, 2013
      at 5:06 am

      Thank you for letting us know and I am messaging Bri right now so she knows!

    • Jul 31, 2013
      at 9:06 am

      Hi! I just checked my Twitter account and there have been no tweets sent from my account that are from a hacker. It might be from another Bri? Do you know the twitter handle it was sent from? Thanks for letting us know!

      • Aug 1, 2013
        at 6:48 am

        it was a direct message from @brimckoy

        • Aug 1, 2013
          at 10:20 am

          Thanks for alerting me to this! Not sure what is going on but I have changed my password.

  40. Jul 31, 2013
    at 8:04 pm

    I got most of them! Had so much fun doing this! Can’t wait to do this again!

  41. Jul 31, 2013
    at 8:43 pm

    Done completely!!! I just don’t have a blog :/ Had so much fun!

  42. Jul 31, 2013
    at 9:13 pm

    All my photos in this blogspot:

    MEXICO :)

  43. Dave Ruiz
    Jul 31, 2013
    at 9:21 pm

    Are all my Photos

  44. Aug 1, 2013
    at 7:11 am

    Who won??! :)

    • Jacquie Parella
      Aug 1, 2013
      at 11:21 am

      The winners are listed above and they are in order of the prizes. Sorry you are not on there. :( We’re So glad you participated and hope you had fun!!!

  45. Aug 1, 2013
    at 9:09 am

    So fun! How will the winners know they won?

    • Jacquie Parella
      Aug 1, 2013
      at 11:22 am

      We just posted the winners above. :)

      • Teoh H.
        Aug 1, 2013
        at 8:41 pm

        sweet! i see my name up there. how do i claim my prize?

        • Jacquie Parella
          Aug 1, 2013
          at 8:59 pm

          Hi Teoh! We’ll be e-mailing you to get your address so be on the lookout for that. Congratulations! :)

  46. Aug 1, 2013
    at 6:47 pm

    I didn’t participate in the instagram contest, but I did post the scavenger hunt on my blog today. Congrats to the winners. Love the pictures!

  47. Amanda
    Aug 1, 2013
    at 8:02 pm

    Darn didn’t win. Bummed I couldn’t get the 25 for one of my kids, maybe next time… :) congratulations to all the winners.

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