Scenic Kentucky invites all photographers to enter our SECOND ANNUAL, Capture Kentucky Photo Contest. Please read the following Rules, Terms and Legal Conditions before submitting any photos.

WHAT TO ENTER: We are looking for beautiful digital images of Kentucky’s scenic landscapes. (Entries may originate in any format — including but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — but must be submitted electronically.)

Our 2022 Photo Categories and accompanying Category Codes are as follows:

  • Cities & Towns: CI
  • Farms & Open Spaces: FO
  • Highways & Byways: HB
  • Hills & Valleys: HV
  • Rivers & Waterways: RW
  • Scenic Trees: TR
  • Landscapes with Wildlife: WI

HOW TO ENTER: Each photographer may submit up to five entries total. (These can be in one category or divided among multiple categories.) Please include all required information, as incomplete entries cannot be considered.

IMPORTANT!! Photo files must be named appropriately using the following protocol:

Category Code – Photo Name – Photographer Last Name, followed by First Name. (For example, Theo Smith’s photo “Spring Along Red River Gorge Scenic Byway” should be named: HBSpring Along Red River Gorge Scenic BywaySmith, Theo)

NOTE: Improperly named photo files are subject to disqualification.

DEADLINE: The 2022 Contest kicks off on Monday, August 1. Photo entries must be submitted to Scenic Kentucky’s Photo Contest webpage by 11:59 PM, EST on Friday, September 30 2022.

ELIGIBILITY AND JUDGING: Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license. (See “Your Rights” below.) The photographer must be able to disclose, upon request, when and where the photo appeared previously.

Images will be judged on scenic beauty, originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. The judges will also follow these guidelines:

  • Images should represent views and landscapes in (or of) Kentucky that are clearly identifiable and publically accessible.
  • Images should represent landscapes, scenic areas, or panoramas. Close-ups and interior shots will not be accepted.
  • Winning images may be featured in public exhibitions and print and electronic media.

Photographs that have been significantly enhanced or altered will not be accepted in this contest. Minor changes to an image, including spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast adjustment, and slight color change are acceptable, as are high dynamic range (HDR) adjustments and stitched panoramas. Images that violate these rules will be disqualified.

2022 Capture KY Photo Contest – Legal Conditions

Scenic Kentucky shall determine Winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. All decisions by the judges are final. The Photo Contest is not open to Board Members and Staff of Scenic Kentucky.

WINNING PHOTOS: A panel of judges will select a Photo Winner in each of the seven categories, as well as an overall Best in Show. Each winning photograph will be showcased as follows:

  • Articles in local newspapers and media.
  • Scenic Kentucky’s online Photo Gallery.
  • Numerous social media platforms.

PHOTOGRAPHER RIGHTS: Each photographer retains all rights to any photographs submitted — including ownership, if applicable — other than those rights licensed in the next sentence:

By entering the 2022 Capture Kentucky Photo Contest, you hereby grant to Scenic Kentucky the following: (i) a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, and publicly display the photographs you submit to Scenic Kentucky, and (ii) the right to use your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.

All photographs in media publications will be credited with the caption “Photo Name by Photographer Name – Courtesy of Scenic Kentucky” whenever used. All photographs used on social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) will be credited with the photographer’s name. Scenic Kentucky has final approval of any language that appears on its website with any of the photos.

CLICK HERE to submit your images.

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