Scenic Tennessee Photo Contests

Scenic Tennessee's Photo Contests 

Since 1989, Scenic Tennessee has welcomed photographers of all skill levels to help capture and celebrate the scenic, natural and cultural wonders of the Volunteer State. Scenic Tennessee Photo Contests, now offered every few years and usually in partnership with one or more like-minded organizations, focus on a particular theme, from historic preservation to public lands to (in our most recent contest) the scenic heritage of the Civil War in Tennessee. Typically, we award modest cash prizes ($100 first place, $50 second place and $25 third place) in four divisions—professional, adult amateur, high school and middle school. We may also award up to three honorable mentions in each division; and in many cases, the submissions themselves inspire us to create a special category, such as the popular "Falling Waters" special category in our 2008-2009 "Lands Worth Preserving" contest. 

TOURING PHOTO EXHIBITS In recent years, Scenic Tennessee has mounted the top images from its photo contests into a traveling exhibit. Following a public opening and reception, this exhbit spends several years touring the state, stopping for up to three months at a time at public libraries, museums, town office buildings and other venues that are open to the public. The only fee asked of the host venue is that it pay the cost of delivering the exhibit (packed in two large wooden crates) to the next stop on the tour. If you would like to know more, or are interested in hosting our current exhibit on the scenic beauty of Tennessee's Civil War heritage, please contact Marge Davis at

NEXT CONTEST Scenic Tennessee has decided to postpone the previously announced 2013-2014 photo contest focusing on Tennessee's scenic wildlife, because frankly, our volunteers are too busy with other projects. We hope to reactivate that contest for 2015-2016, with an announcement in early 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may cause, and hope you will check back here occasionally for updates. If you would like to be on an e-mail list to receive such updates automatically, please send an e-mail to Marge Davis at