City of Ventura Photo Contest


The City of Ventura 2019 Photo Contest is now open! We encourage artists worldwide to submit their photos in one of four categories; Beach Life, Environment, Architecture and 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 will run from Feb. 25- Sept. 30. For more information, contact or call 805-658-4781.

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2019 Categories

Capture Ventura's beautiful environment, eclectic architecture, life at the beach and vibrant Parks & Recreation department classes and events, and submit your favorite photographs in these categories:

Category 1: Beach Life
This category encompasses all things Ventura beach related from surfing to sand castles and everything in between.

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.

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

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.

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

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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