to preserve protect, and enhance the scenic beauty of virginia

Signature Programs

Scenic Virginia Awards

Our Annual Awards event at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond is the Commonwealth’s premier event for recognizing excellence in the field of scenic conservation, with a special emphasis on projects that can be replicated in other areas of the state. Our categories include the following:

  • The FitzGerald Bemiss Scenic Hero Award
  • Scenic Lands & Vistas Preservation Award
  • Scenic Water Corridor Preservation Award
  • Creative Scenic Enhancement Award
  • Scenic Tourism Award
  • Paul F. Revell Scenic Trees Program Award


Virginia Vistas Photo Contest

Our Annual Virginia Vistas Photo Contest showcases the depth and breadth of our scenic vistas, reminding Virginians (and the world) of the breathtaking beauty that surrounds us.  Each year the Richmond Times-Dispatch reveals our photo Winners in a full-color cover feature in their Sunday Flair section, and showcases the Winners and Honorable Mentions on their website. Each Saturday the RT-D  features a different Virginia Vista photo on the editorial page. Our Photo Contest categories include the following:
Cities & Towns

  • Coastal & Chesapeake Bay
  • Farms & Open Space
  • Highways & Byways
  • Mountains & Valleys
  • Rivers & Waterways
  • Scenic Trees
  • Vistas with Wildlife