City of Ventura Photo Contest

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Cast your vote!

Entries will be judged by visual arts professionals who will award the "Judges' Choice" winners and by the public for the "People's Choice" winners. Voting polls are open to the public from October 15 and close on November 1st at11:59 pm.

Follow these steps:

Step 1: View the 2019 Entries listed below for each category

Step 2: Fill out survey with your choices

Step 3: Click "Finish" on survey by 11:59 pm on Friday, November 1, 2019 for your vote to be counted.

2019 Entries

Click on the title of each category to view a .pdf containing the entries. To vote, please fill out the survey found here.
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Category 1: Beach Life
This category encompasses all things Ventura beach related from surfing to sand castles and everything in between.

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Category 2: Environment
This category will feature all non-beach related environmental photos including our amazing mountains, islands, parks, people, food, music, and local events.

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Category 3: Architecture
The category will focus on urban design, city-scapes, landmarks, and infrastructure.

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Category 4: Parks & Recreation
This category will focus on children and adults involved in City of Ventura Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships sponsored sports, classes, art, and special event activities.

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The City of Ventura 2019 Photo Contest is now closed for submissions! Eighty two artists submitted their photos. Of the two hundred and ninety three photos, one hundred and twenty two were in Beach Life, ninety seven in Environment, forty seven in Architecture and twenty seven in City of Ventura Parks & Recreation. The mission of this contest is to celebrate the City of Ventura. Therefore all photos entered must be taken within our city limits or directly adjacent—beaches, mountains, etc. Entries will be judged by visual arts professionals who will award the “Judges’ Choice” winners and by the public for the “People’s Choice” winners.
This contest was open from Feb. 25 - Sept. 30, 2019. Voting will take place from Oct. 15 - Nov. 1, 2019.

Questions, contact photocontest@cityofventura.ca.gov or call 805-658-4781

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  1. General Contest Information
  2. Entry Agreement
  3. Entry Requirements
  4. Naming & Submitting Files
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2019 - General Contest Information

The mission of the contest is to celebrate the City of Ventura. Therefore all photos entered must be taken within our city limits or directly adjacent--beaches, mountains, Channel Islands, etc. Photos taken of locations outside the City of Ventura will be disqualified, as will low-resolution images that cannot be well reproduced in printed materials.

There are two ways to win: (1) People's Choice by online votes; and (2) Judges' Choice by visual art professionals.

Voters and judges will select images that best depict Ventura in four categories. All participants are invited to City Hall Bridge Gallery in late fall for a City Council presentation. All contest entries are eligible to be featured in citywide publications of print and electronic media with photo credit. Please note that the photo contest coordinator may reassign some entries to a more appropriate category.


2018 Photo Contest Winners & Entries

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