City of Ventura Photo Contest


Entry for the 2018 photo contest is now open!

Photographers of all ages are invited to enter their best high-resolution images celebrating our community in the 13th annual City of Ventura Photo Contest between February 5 and October 1, 2018. Entering is easy, free. Please see below for information related to this year’s categories, the entry agreement, entry requirements and information on naming and submitting your entry. For more information, contact Peter Graves at 805-658-4781, or [email protected] 

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

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 a City Hall Bridge Gallery exhibit of winners in late fall that includes a reception and 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.

The City of Ventura’s 12th Annual Photo Contest winners have been selected!

The winners were honored at an exhibit and reception in City Hall’s Bridge Gallery, 501 Poli St., on Monday, December 4.. Following the reception, Mayor Erik Nasarenko awarded certificates to contest winners in Council Chambers.

Seventy-two photographers submitted 240 amazing images in three categories; Environment, Architecture, and Culture and Community.  Members of the public voted online for the “People’s Choice” awards and a second set of judges, all visual arts professionals from the City of Ventura’s Community Partnerships division, awarded “Judges’ Choice” winners. For artist information, please contact Peter Graves at 805-658-4781, or [email protected].

The 2017 City of Ventura Photo Contest winners:
Category 1- Environment
People’s Choice- Hector Vargas
Judges’ Choice- Chris Ramer
Category 2- Architecture
People’s Choice- Tammy Sims  
Judges’ Choice- Steve Cattanach
Category 3- Culture and Community
People’s Choice- Jeffrey Grunigen
Judges' Choice- Steve Cattanach
Judges’ Choice Honorable Mentions
Rip Rippey
Jacqueline Counter