Provo Photo Contest 2016


Calling Provo residents, students, businesses, and visitors! Try your luck in Provo’s 3rd annual citywide photography contest.

The contest is from Monday, August 22, 2016 through Sunday, October 30, 2016 and promises to be a real opportunity for everyone and anyone with an eye for the interesting visual moment. Adults, teenagers, children, Instagramers, photography enthusiasts, and amateurs can submit an entry.

Just make sure that the picture you submit for the contest is taken in Provo. So look around and 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.

Provo’s annual photo contest has become 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. We have a lot to be proud of here in Provo, but perhaps our biggest brag is our ability to engage in a wide range of natural wonders in our city. From the Wasatch Mountains, to the Provo River, out to Utah Lake and up Provo Canyon, there are endless views to see and recreation to be had. You can go exploring every day and barely scratch the surface.

I am excited to see the beautiful and unique nature of our city, captured by the camera lens.

Good luck to everyone!


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 SceneryLandscapes, Outdoors, & Nature.

For this category, we would love to get photo submissions of Provo Parks and Provo Neighborhoods. There seems to be a shortage of imagery highlighting these areas. Other Examples: Rock Canyon, Utah Lake, Provo River, Provo Canyon, Aerial Shots, Open Space, etc.

Photo by: Aaron Cornia

Provo LifePeople, Events, & Every Day Life

For this category, we would love to get photo submissions of Biking in Provo, the Downtown scene during a Rooftop Concert, or pictures of residents attending any event in Provo. There seems to be a shortage of imagery highlighting these areas. Other examples: Provo lifestyle, Eating in Provo, Recreating in Provo, Playing in Provo, At the Recreation Center, Using Provo Facilities, etc.

Photo by: Todd Wakefield

Provo ArchitectureLandmarks, Buildings, & Structures

For this category, we would love to get photo submissions of Downtown Provo, the Startup District, Shops at Riverwoods, and the businesses on Freedom Blvd. You can never have enough pictures of our downtown. Other Examples: Businesses, Skylines, Bridges, Industrial, Memorials, Monuments, Sculptures, Tech Start-up Scene, etc.

Photo by: Beau Sorensen


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, October 30, 2016
Public Voting: Wednesday, November 2 through Sunday, November 13 by midnight MT
Finalists Named: Monday, November 14, 2016
Winners Named: Thursday, December 1, 2016

The winners will be announced on Thursday, December 1, 2016. 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.

The Judges Panel will select the finalists and winners in each category. Finalists will be made public Monday, November 14, and the winners will be announced on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Judging criteria is based on: quality of submission, 20%; representation of Provo, 20%; composition, 20%; creativity, 20%; originality, 20%.


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. Kenyon

    Brilliant way to get awesome shots of your city for $0 and no support of the artist. Making it a contest doesn’t make this okay.

    Come on guys. Hire a photographer or lease the images appropriately. Better yet, hire a photographer AND lease the images appropriately.

    1. KBA

      The city does pay out some prize money for winning images and, as a past winner, my name is credited along with my photo when it is used for promotional purposes. If this isn’t acceptable to other artists, they are under no obligation to participate.

    2. John

      It is a brilliant way to get photos of the city. Good thinking Provo city! .

  2. Melanie Epling

    I love the idea of doing this. So many of us take great photos and are not in the business to sell, but love to share! And hopefully make a little extra cash on the side!

  3. Dustin Higginson

    How do I vote in the 2016 Provo photo contest?

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