Photo Contests

Albany Visitors Association holds an annual photography and video contest. It’s a terrific opportunity to share your work with millions of visitors across the US and the rest of the world.

The deadline is Friday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m. (for 2020); the categories are listed below (in the category section) so that you can start gathering images during our best weather. (Click here to go straight to the 2020 contest entry page.)


We ask that your work specifically feature Albany. Although there is an “Open” category for Oregon-wide locations (or for topics not covered under categories), your images of life in Albany, surrounding Linn County, and 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 permission and a release form from AVA if there are recognizable people in your work.

Image resolution and more

Images that have digitally applied effects (such as montages, double exposures or vignettes) cannot be used in AVA publications or national advertising.

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 our ads.

AVA Annual Photo Contest Categories

We thought you might want to plan ahead—the following categories can help you organize what shots to schedule for 2020:

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 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: As was mentioned earlier, this category is for Oregon-wide locations or for topics not covered under the other categories.

Who can enter?

The contest is open to all ages, all levels: from amateur to professional or hobbyist, and we encourage teachers to involve their students.

If you have any questions at all, telephone us at 541-928- 0911 and we will be happy to help you.

2018 Awards Video

As part of our deepest thanks to the 2018 winners, we’d like to share a video featuring their work.

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