2023 Virginia Vistas Photo Contest Is Open!

2023 Virginia Vistas Photo Contest Is Open!

2022 BEST IN SHOW: “Harrison Lake Cloudy Sunrise”
(Harrison Lake in Charles City County)
Photographed by Barbara Houston of Quinton, Virginia

Scenic Virginia Celebrates 16th Year of Annual Photo Contest

Scenic Virginia believes that gorgeous photos are a great way to showcase our Commonwealth’s extraordinary scenic beauty. These images demonstrate the majesty of our historic vistas, the splendor of our natural landscapes, and the character of our communities. Our Virginia Vistas Photo Contest is open to any photographer who believes in our mission of preserving, protecting, and enhancing Virginia’s scenic beauty. 

Our 2023 Virginia Vista Photo Contest Categories — and each’s corresponding Category Code for naming the file — are as follows:

  • Cities & Towns: CI
  • Coastal & Chesapeake Bay: CO
  • Farms & Open Spaces: FO
  • Highways & Byways: HB
  • Mountains & Valleys: MV
  • Rivers & Waterways: RW
  • Scenic Trees: TR
  • Vistas Featuring Wildlife: WI

The 2023 Photo Contest kicks off on Friday, September 1 and closes on Saturday, September 30. Judges will select a Best in Show and eight Category Winners. Scenic Virginia supporters will choose the Fan Favorite Category Winner. 

Please read our Rules and Regulations and Legal Conditions prior to submitting your entries. 


Please name your photo file (the file you upload from your computer to the submission page) in this manner: Category Code – Photo Title – Your Last Name. Examples of correct photo file names are:

  • MV – Foggy Morning on Skyline Drive – Smith
  • WI – Hungry Heron – Jones

Our rules REQUIRE that you rename your photo file in this manner before uploading.

Please submit photographs in .jpg format (5MB limit per image). (We will request a higher resolution image if your photo is selected as a Winner or Honorable Mention.) Also, please remove watermarks before submitting photos.

License to Images

In submitting a photo to our contest, you grant Scenic Virginia a non-exclusive license for use of your image. Possible uses include the Photo Gallery on our website, posts on our social media platforms, inclusion in print and marketing materials, and in retail merchandise such as note cards. Credit to the photographer will be included with each image. We reserve the right to reject images for copyright or trademark infringement, inappropriate content, or infringement on the rights of a third party.

CLICK HERE to start submitting your images.

For more information on submitting images or purchasing Virginia Vistas merchandise, please contact us at email@scenicvirginia.org.

Click here to see the feature article about our 2022 Winners in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.