Prize patrol: because you can’t win if you don’t play

Throw your name in the hat for a chance to win free travel and assorted prizes in some of these sweepstakes.

From now through June 16th, 2011, Wyndham Rewards is asking vacation-deprived people (pretty much all of us) to send in a photo and a short explanation of why they need a vacation. Judges will pick seven finalists and the public will choose a grand winner who will receive enough Wyndham Rewards points for a seven-night vacation at a Wyndham property, a $7,000 Visa Gift Card a seven-night Alamo car rental certificate. You can enter online, via email (deserve@wyndhamrewards.com) or via Facebook.

Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld are giving away 40 trips in 40 days. Prizes include tickets for four to SeaWorld in Orlando, San Diego or San Antonio, hotel accommodations for two nights in that city, meals, and round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines. Enter here. Deadline: June 21, 2011.

And here’s a chance to help your favorite airlines win awards: the Passenger Choice Awards is inviting travelers to weigh in on check-in, frequent flyer programs, entertainment options and more.