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Photo Contest Information & Rules

Our 2017 Virginia Vistas Photo Contest has now closed. Please stay tuned for information about the 2018 Photo Contest.

Scenic Virginia believes that beautiful photos are a great way to convey our Commonwealth’s extraordinary beauty. These images showcase 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 2017 Virginia Vista Photo Contest categories (and 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)
  • Virginia State Parks (SP)
  • Scenic Trees (TR)
  • Vistas Featuring Wildlife (WI)
  • Youth (Photographers 18 and under) (YO) *

* Photographers 18 and younger are invited to participate and may submit in any of the above categories. Please select the Youth Category (YO) when filling out the form.

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.) 

Please noteOur rules REQUIRE that you rename your photo file as follows before uploading: Category Code (refer to the list above)  Photo Title – Your Last Name. (Examples of correct photo file names are MV – Foggy Morning on Skyline Drive – Smith and WI – Hungry Heron – Jones.)

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. Titles and photo credits 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.

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

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