Scenic Tennessee's Photo Contests

In 1988, Scenic Tennessee began inviting Tennessee school kids to engage with the beauty of their state by taking photographs on a theme and submitting them for a friendly annual judging.

Now, 30 years later, Scenic Tennessee's photo contests are still one of the most popular things we do. While they no longer take place annually,, they are now are open to professional and amateur adult photographers as well as middle- and high school students; and they now benefit from the expertise and judging of at least one partner organization—such as the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area which cosponsored the Civil War-themed Living Legacies contest in 2011-2012, or the Tennessee Historical Society which joined in our Viewing History contest in 2006-2007.

Today's contests usually offer modest cash prizes; the winning images may be mounted in a traveling exhibit available to libraries, museums and other venues that are open to the public; and the submissions themselves often give rise to a special category, such as the popular "Falling Waters" sub-theme that emerged in 2009's Lands Worth Preserving.

 Seth Shaffer's image "Tranquility," photographed in the Smokies and a first-place winner in our 2009 photo contest, decorated the back of the Pickin' Up Tennessee RV that toured the state in 2013 to promote scenic beauty and discourage littering.

Seth Shaffer's image "Tranquility," photographed in the Smokies and a first-place winner in our 2009 photo contest, decorated the back of the Pickin' Up Tennessee RV that toured the state in 2013 to promote scenic beauty and discourage littering.

There is no fee to enter our contests; we ask only that contestants allow Scenic Tennessee and any nonprofit partners to use their photos for educational and promotional purposes—such as decorating the Pickin' Up Tennessee RV during our statewide litter awareness tour in 2013. And if resources allow, we may mount winning images in a traveling exhibit available to libraries, museums and other venues that are free and open to the public. If you would like to know more, contact Marge Davis at margedavis@comcast.net.

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Our 2019 photo contest
is underway! Click here to view or download the contest brochure and entry form.