Enter the 2020 AVA Photo Contest

It’s that time of year, when Albany-area shutterbugs dust off their lenses and head out to find the perfect shot. Although it might be a bit cold and rainy, there’s still plenty of breaks where sunshine and majestic scenes reveal themselves. Join the fun and enter the 2020 AVA Photo Contest.

EXTENDED DEADLINE! MARCH 13TH AT 5 PM. You can download entry forms (for both video and still photography), review the rules, and instructions for submitting your work in the “Download entry forms” section at the bottom of this page.

Good luck. First- through third-place ribbons will be awarded in each of the eight categories; Scenic, Landmarks, Events, Life in the Community, Open, Historic Albany, Culinary and Student. Gift certificates and ribbons will also be awarded for overall Champion, Reserve Champion, People’s Choice and Staff Choice. All of the winning photographers will be entered in a special drawing for $200.

Award Ceremony

A reception for all contestants will be held at The Pix Theater on Saturday, April 18, 2020, from 10 a.m. to noon. See your photos on the big screen and enjoy tasty treats. Winners in all categories will be entered into a drawing for a cash prize. Please come and join us as we hand out ribbons and watch a special memorial slide show honoring our departed friend and photographer, Oliver “Jerry” Anderson.


We ask that your work specifically feature Albany. Your images of life in Albany and surrounding Linn County (Benton County for North Albany) are what we most commonly use in our publications, advertisements, and social media. Imagine what visitors might like to see—people enjoying themselves outdoors, fantastic food and drink (micro-breweries, distilleries, winemakers), events, hiking, biking, paddling, and the beauty and majesty of our city’s historic architecture.

We never get enough action shots of people out and about, so think about staging something with friends; just make sure you get their permission and a release form signed (see forms section below) if there are recognizable people in your work.

Image resolution and more

Special effects Images that have digitally applied effects (such as montages, double exposures or vignettes) cannot be used in AVA publications or national advertising. Images manipulated in photo apps with effects such as frames or special borders also cannot be used.

Signatures or watermarks Images that retain watermarks or photographer signatures cannot be used in publications or ads. We will always credit the photographer by name in any publication or online. If you wish to submit an image with your signature or watermark, please note it may be seen by a limited audience.

Resolution and size Additionally, image size and shape are very important. Photos should be large file sizes for print (biggest size image setting on your camera, 300 dpi or larger); smaller mobile phone images may be blurry when enlarged. Photos should be standard portrait or landscape since square, panoramic, or custom ratios are more difficult to place within ads.

AVA Annual Photo Contest Categories

The following defines our contest categories and gives you an idea of what we are looking for.

Scenic: Visit our parks, the Willamette River, hiking trails, vineyards, and surrounding rural vistas. Find something you think will make someone want to come visit us, and that represents the unique charm of our region. Rustic barns, farm- stands, wildflowers, the Willamette Valley with distant snow- capped mountains—our great outdoors is chock full of amazing scenic shots.

Landmarks: What is your landmark when you tell friends to meet you in Albany? Is it the Historic Carousel or maybe the clock tower at the Albany Train Station? A landmark is unique to Albany and lends itself to the quintessential identity of our city. Even an old building with a Victorian painted advertisement on a brick wall or a statue could be a landmark.

Events: Albany is an event-driven community. Think about our parades, our Christmas horse-drawn wagon rides. There’s always an event happening monthly—from AKC national dog shows at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center to National Historic Preservation Month, there’s never a shortage of what to do! Make sure to check our events calendar and find something fun to photograph.

Life in the community: What is the quality of life in Albany? We are farmers, we are vintners and craft-brewers, we are artists, we are blue-collar welders and white collar executives, we are teachers… and we know how to have a great time no matter what we do. Help tell a visual tale about how we practice our daily lives.

Historic Albany: If you live in Albany, you know that we have deep historical roots. Our city has four nationally recognized historic districts. Albany’s architectural styles vary from the mid- 1800s to the 1950s. Grab a copy of “Seems Like Old Times” and document your personal visual tour or join us on one of the seasonal guided tours.

Culinary: We live in the proverbial bread-basket of culinary delights: farm-to- table special dinners; farmer’s markets; renowned and award-winning chefs; cozy coffee houses, bakeries; wineries and breweries; German and Hungarian restaurants. Our city bubbles over with bounty. Visit a local restaurant or a unique foodie or drink venue and let people know what delicious rewards await them.

Student: For young photographers ages 17 and under.

Open: All things Oregon! All phases of life including nature at her finest—animals, waterfalls, rainbows, cycling, old kitchen sinks (wink wink)—you name it. If it doesn’t fit into one of the categories above, submit it under “open.”

Who can enter?

The contest is open to all ages, all skill levels—from amateur to professional or hobbyist. We encourage teachers to involve their students.


Winning photos will be on display at the Albany Visitors Association, the Amtrak Train Station. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded for Overall and Reserve Champions, Individual Category winners, and People’s Choice at a reception. Those attending the reception, the time and place of which will be announced, will have the opportunity to win door prizes. All winners will be entered into a special drawing for a Gift Card in the amount of $200—shop for a new lens, memory card, or whatever you like!  (If you’d like to see the video of the 2019 contest winning photos, scroll to below the entry forms section.)

Download entry forms and all documents

You must fill out all required forms to complete your entry. Click on the link to download to your computer and print. Please submit all pertinent paper work with your entry. *Note: Remember to submit the model release form for entries with people in your photos and videos.

Download the photo contest rules PDF (*Please note, the “open” category was inadvertently left off this list of rules. Please see above categories for 2020. Confirm that you are entering in the open category when you fill out your entry form.) 2020 Photo Rules

Download the photo contest entry form PDF  Entry Form

Download the photo contest release form PDF Photo contest release form

Download the model release form PDF Model release form

All entries must be received by us on Friday, March 6, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. 

*Featured image for this blog post of the Pacific Northwest Art & Air Festival by Oliver J. Anderson, from the 2018 AVA Photo Contest

View last year’s winners and get ideas


9 Comments on “Enter the 2020 AVA Photo Contest

  1. Hi, the best way is to use the link to Flickr on the bottom of our home page https://albanyvisitors.com Go to the Albums for 2019 and vote by Wednesday, April 3, at 5:00 p.m. Thank you very much.
    Albany Visitors Association

    • Hi,
      Thanks for your interest in our photo contest. Please find the information you requested below.

      Albany Visitors Association Photo Contest 2020
      Photo Contest Rules

      PURPOSE: The purpose of this contest is to find images suitable for use in the coming year’s marketing program for Albany, Linn County and the Willamette Valley.

      All photos must have been taken within the last three (3) years and not previously submitted in our photo contest.

      Images must be photographed in Albany, North Albany and/or Linn County.

      There is an entry fee of $2.00 for each photo submitted, limit of 15 photos per photographer, payable at the time of entry (cash or check only). Checks should be made payable to Albany Visitors Association.

      All entrants must submit photo in digitized format (CD or flash drive) (min 300dpi)(Min 1 MB in size) Each photo must be saved with name or title, location, photographers name, date format. (ie: Art & Air Festival Timber Linn Park, Bob Brown 82012). Photos will be displayed on Flickr for the public and judges to view, accessible from AVA’s website.

      Entrants will be required to sign a release allowing AVA to use their photos for promotional purposes. Photo credit will be given whenever possible when photos are used. Photographers retain all rights to their photos.

      Submitted images must not have been used in other media prior to this contest or previously entered in the AVA Photo Contest.

      Photos may be color or black & white.

      Photos may be digitally enhanced for contrast, color, hue, etc. but not digitally manipulated.

      Photographers must complete a signed photo release for any photo that prominently features an individual or group of individuals.
      All releases included in entry packet must be completed, signed and turned in with entry form.
      All photos with a recognizable face must have a model release signed by the person whose face appears in the photo! We cannot accept photos without a model release!

      All photos must be entrant’s original work.

      NOTE: All entries must be submitted to the AVA office at 110 3rd Ave SE in downtown Albany by
      5:00 pm Friday, March 6, 2020.

      For further information: call 541-928-0911, or visit our website at http://www.albanyvisitors.com

  2. If we submit the photos on flash drive is this returned to us at some point? Thank you!

    • Hi, thanks for your interest in our photo contest! Yes, we will return your flash drive if you include a note that you would like us to and label the drive in some way.
      Albany Visitors Association

  3. Hello!

    If a person is wearing shirt/sweatshirt with any branding on it (ie. something related to Crater Lake or Seaside Aquarium, etc.), would it be better to ‘photoshop’ the clothing to remove any branding, or would you prefer to have it left ‘as is?”

    Thanks! 🙂

    • Hi,
      Thanks for your interest in our photo contest. Please leave your photo ‘as is’.
      Albany Visitors Association

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