Photo Contest Information & Rules

2019 Scenic Trees Winner: “Dogwood Lane” (Blandy Farm in Boyce) by C. Renee Martin of Fredericksburg

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 2020 Virginia Vista Photo Contest Categories — and the corresponding Category Codes — are as follows:

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

Our Photo Contest judges will select a Best in Show and eight Category Winners. Scenic Virginia supporters will choose the winning Fan Favorite photo. 

*This year, in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Virginia State Scenic Rivers program, our 2020 Rivers & Waterways Category is restricted to photos taken along designated sections of Virginia State Scenic Rivers. (Please click here to view the complete list.) If you have photos that are not of designated rivers, we ask that you hold them until our 2021 Contest.

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.) 

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.

Follow this link to submit your images.

For more information on submitting images or purchasing Virginia Vistas merchandise, please contact us at [email protected].

Click here to see the feature article about our 2019 Winners in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


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