Views of the Valley Photo Contest

Frame, focus, click, and capture the beauty of your surroundings for the Views of the Valley photo contest. People, places, buildings, landscapes—as long as it’s in the city limits, it’s game. Celebrating Golden Valley since 1993!

+ Rules And Submission

The deadline for the 2021 Photo Contest was Fri, June 11 at 4:30 pm.

  • You must be a Golden Valley resident (City employees and their families are not eligible to enter).
  • You may submit any type of photo taken in Golden Valley, but photos that fit the current year's theme will be awarded additional points by judges. The theme for 2021 focuses is Life in Golden Valley. Residents are encouraged to share photos of life in Golden Valley through the changing seasons.
  • All entries submitted must be your own work.
  • Submit up to three color or black-and-white photo finish prints (no panoramas).
  • Print photos must be on photo-quality paper (no slides or photocopies).
  • Do not mat or frame photos.
  • Include complete entry information for each photo (Digital Photo Entry Form). Be sure to include the location of the photo.
  • All decisions will be final, and judges reserve the right not to award in any category.
  • The City of Golden Valley will not be responsible for lost entries.
  • The contest organizers reserve the right to re-categorize or disqualify any entrant.
  • If there are identifiable people in the photo and it was taken in a non-public space, it is the responsibility of the photographer to obtain permission to use the photo. Photo Release Form

Entrants must agree to let the City of Golden Valley publish entered photos in City publications with proper credit. All photo entries become the property of the City of Golden Valley and are not returned.

2021 Submissions Now Closed

The deadline to submit photos for the 2021 contest was Fri, June 11, 4:30 pm.

+ People's Choice Voting

Voting for the 2021 Views of the Valley People’s Choice Award is now open. Thank you to all who participated in this years Views of the Valley.

The public will be allowed to vote online until 11:45 pm, July 2, 2021 for the People's Choice award.

View all 2021 submissions

+ Judging

Entries will be judged on subject matter, composition, clarity, lighting, depth of field, artistry/drama, degree of difficulty, technical excellence, overall impact. The judges also appreciate creative photo titles.

+ Prizes

The top three winners will each receive $50, and the grand prize winner will receive an additional $50. The People's Choice prize is $25. Winning photos will be published in CityNews and the City website. Winners will also receive certificates of appreciation.

Winner's Gallery

2020 Winners



View all 2020 submissions