Provo Photo Contest 2015

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Calling all photographers – professionals, amateurs, and students! Try your luck in Provo’s 2nd annual citywide photography contest.

The contest is from Monday, May 18, 2015 through Sunday, July 26, 2015 and promises to be a real opportunity for everyone and anyone with an eye for the interesting visual moment. Adults, teenagers, children, amateurs and professionals can submit an entry.

Just make sure that the picture you submit for the contest is taken in Provo. So look around, notice what’s going on. Let others see what you see: that mountain morning light, a concert crowd at the Rooftop Concert Series, the bustling downtown scene, climbers at Rock Canyon, or the unique architecture in a historic Provo building.

We think it’s a great way to promote and encourage people who live here to notice and appreciate Provo and all it has to offer, visually as well as physically. I am excited to see the beautiful and unique nature of our city, captured by the camera lens.

Good luck!


All entries must be received between May 18, 2015 and July 26, 2015. All photo entries must be family friendly, taken in Provo and comply with the contest’s official rules.

There is no maximum limit of entries per person. Please feel free to submit more than one photo. All photos must be in .jpg format and must be a minimum of 8MP (3264 x 2448) in size. You must own the copyright to any photo submitted.

Register Online

Register online and submit each photo entry at or click on the button below:

Submit Photo
Or Register in Person

Stop by the Mayor’s Office (City Center, Third Floor, 351 W Center Street) and submit your photos using a disc or jump drive. Please include your: Name, Email, Phone Number, and description of each photo entry – choose a submission category for each photo (Provo Life, Provo Scenery, or Provo Architecture), list the location where each photo was taken (preferably an address or coordinate if possible), and describe each photo.


Provo Scenery – Landscape, Outdoors, & Nature

Examples: Rock Canyon, Utah Lake, Provo River, Provo Canyon, Riverwoods, Provo Parks, Aerial Shots, Open Space, etc.

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Provo Life – People, Events, & Every Day Life

Examples: Biking in Provo, Provo lifestyle, Eating in Provo, Recreating in Provo, Playing in Provo, At the Recreation Center, Using Provo Facilities, at a concert or event, etc.

Photo by Justin Hackworth

Provo Architecture – Landmarks, Buildings, & Structures

Examples: Downtown Provo, Businesses, Skylines, Bridges, Industrial, Memorials, Monuments, Sculptures, Tech Start-up Scene, etc.

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A First Place Winner will be selected in each of the categories referenced above and will receive $300 cash prize. One winner will be selected for “Overall Best Photo” from all of the submitted photos and will receive $500 cash prize.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, July 26, 2015
Public Voting: Tuesday, July 28 through Friday, August 7 by midnight MST
Finalists Named: Monday, August 24, 2015
Winners Named: Monday, August 31, 2015

The winners will be announced on Monday, August 31, 2015. During the public voting period, we will use a crowdsourcing public voting platform to encourage public participation. When voting closes, the Provo Photo Contest Judges Panel will evaluate each entry, votes, and comments received.

We are excited to announce that the Provo Photo Contest Judges Panel includes local photographers: Trevor Christensen, Justin HackworthBryan Niven, and Justin Soderquist. The Judges Panel will select the finalists and winners in each category. Finalists will be made public Monday, August 24, and the winners will be announced on Monday, August 31, 2015. Judging criteria is based on: quality of submission, 40%; creativity 30%; originality, 30%.


Submitted photos will be used online on the city’s website, social media, the mayor’s blog and in printed marketing publications.

Read the Publicity Release Form »


Open to legal residents of the continental U.S., of all ages. Employees (and their immediate families) of Provo City, their subsidiaries, vendors, media partners and advertising agencies are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.

Read the Contest Rules here »

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  1. Chris

    Why does he city get to keep all publicity rights to the photos of those who don’t win? That seems a little sketchy.

    1. John

      Chris – Thanks for commenting.

      We use the photos in publications and ways to promote the city. There’s nothing sketchy going on. Those who would prefer to not participate should not feel pressure to do so.


  2. Clark

    When will photos by posted to the Provo City FB page?

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