Scenic Virginia


Help Us Help You!

Let us know if you have any questions related to our work preserving, protecting, and enhancing the scenic beauty of our Commonwealth. We would be happy to lend advice and give assistance.

Virginia ViewFinders


This new signature program called Virginia ViewFinders asks outdoor enthusiasts to snap photos of Virginia’s scenic beauty while enjoying the great outdoors. These beautiful vistas can be uploaded at, and the public can vote on whether they think they’re scenic or not! Best of all, their locations show up on a Google Map, allowing us to identify and recognize these special places.

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 Best in Show and nine Photo Category Winners in a full-color cover feature in their Sunday Culture section and showcases the Winners and Honorable Mentions on their website. Each Saturday the RT-D  features a different Virginia Vistas photo on the Opinions page. Our Photo Contest categories include the following:

  • Cities & Towns
  • Coastal & Chesapeake Bay
  • Farms & Open Spaces
  • Highways & Byways
  • Mountains & Valleys
  • Rivers & Waterways
  • Scenic Trees
  • Vistas with Wildlife
  • Fan Favorite (chosen by our supporters)

We encourage you to explore our Photo Gallery featuring the spectacular Winners and Honorable Mentions from throughout the years!

Scenic Awards

The Virginia Big Tree Program based at Virginia Tech won the Paul F. Revell Scenic Tree Program Award in 2017

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:

  • 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

Speaking Engagements

The scenic beauty of Virginia is undeniable, and Scenic Virginia enjoys speaking to citizen groups, businesses, and elected officials about the many ways that scenic beauty benefits our communities. Please contact us to schedule a presentation.