Signature Programs

Our Annual Awards event at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond is the Commonwealth’s premier event for honoring 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
  • Scenic Water Corridor Preservation
  • Creative Scenic Enhancement
  • Scenic Tourism
  • Scenic Trees Program
  • The Lady Bird Johnson Highway Beautification Award

We also sponsor the Annual Virginia Vistas Photo Contest, which showcases the depth and breadth of our scenic vistas and reminds our fellow Virginians of the breathtaking beauty that surrounds us.  Each year’s Winners are showcased in the Richmond Times-Dispatch in a full-color cover feature in the Sunday Flair section.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch highlights all of the Winners and Honorable Mentions on their website, and features a different Virginia Vista photo on their Editorial Page each Saturday.