Ventura Photo Contest


ENTER THE NEW 2017 CONTEST BY October 2, 2017

Photographers of all ages are invited to enter their best high resolution images celebrating our community in the 12th annual City of Ventura Photography Contest between January 1 and October 2, 2017. Entering is easy, free and by email. For more information contact Peter Graves at 805.658.4781 or

CRITERIA: 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. Be sure to set your camera or smart phone settings at the highest possible resolution for best results.

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 three categories (see below).  All participants are invited to a City Hall Bridge Gallery exhibit of winners in the late Fall that includes a reception and City Council presentation. All contestentries are eligible to be featured in citywide publication of print and electronic media with photo credit.

CATEGORIES: Capture Ventura’s beautiful environment, eclectic architecture, active people and vibrant community life, and submit your favorite photographs in three categories:

  1. Environment—sky, beach, mountain, island, park & wildlife scenes
  2. Architectureurban design, cityscapes, landmarks & infrastructure
  3. Culture & Communitychildren & adults in sports & arts activities & at special events

IMAGE REQUIREMENTS: Eligible images from a digital camera or smart phone set at no less than 3 mega pixels high resolution or digitally scanned if from a non-digital camera must be in either JPG or PNG digital format at a file size of between 3 megabytes (minimum) and 9 megabytes (maximum) at 300 dpi (dots per inch) of sufficient resolution to print at 8 by 10 inch size without a loss of quality. Be sure to set your camera or smart phone settings at the highest possible resolution for best results. Be sure your email program is not set to reduce your attachments to a low resolution format.

RENAME YOUR FILES: File names generated by the digital camera or scan must be RENAMED as follows: enter number of category above (1-3), first and last name of contestant, and short title of photograph ending with 2017photocontest without using capital letters, spaces, underlines or dashes. For instance, if Mike Smith entered an architectural shot of the Ventura Pier he would rename his photo entry: 2MikeSmithVenturaPier2017photocontest.jpg  —OR—  2MikeSmithVenturaPier2017photocontest.png.

Please submit the image only--do not embed captions, words, watermarks or photographer's name on the image. The city will add the photographer's photo credit to any image it uses using a standard format.

SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS BY EMAIL: Entering is easy and free! Limit: up to 6 entries (emails) per contestant in any combination of categories. Send only ONE image file per email AS AN ATTACHMENT (do not embed image files in the message area) and send to: with the subject line #photo contest entry#

For each email the contestant MUST supply all the following information:

A. On the email subject line: #photo contest entry#

B. In the message area enter:

  1. First and last name of contestant:
  2. Contact phone number:
  3. Email address:
  4. Select category by number (1-3) above:
  5. Date and location where photo was taken:

By submitting entries, the contestant acknowledges and agrees to the terms of the contest ENTRY AGREEMENT (read terms below).


In submitting the attached photo(s) (PHOTO) to the City of San Buenaventura (CITY) and participating in the City of Ventura Photo Contest I (we), (CONTESTANT), hereby warrant and agree to the following:

  • CONTESTANT warrants to CITY that he/she has lawful ownership rights to the PHOTO and acknowledges that once submitted, the PHOTO becomes the property of the CITY.
  • The PHOTO is the result of CONTESTANT'S sole artistic efforts unless otherwise stated above as a collaboration.
  • Except as otherwise disclosed in writing to CITY in this submittal form, the PHOTO is unique and original and does not infringe upon any copyright or patent.
  • The PHOTO is free and clear of any lien. Except for title and possession, pursuant to the Copyright Act of 1976 (17 U.S.C. §101 et seq.), CONTESTANT will retain the copyright and all other rights in and to the PHOTO. The CONTESTANT grants to CITY an irrevocable and non-exclusive worldwide license to reproduce, to distribute, and/or to display two- or three-dimensional reproductions of the PHOTO in any manner whatsoever relating to any CITY publication or event, including, without limitation:
  • Public display as well as reproduction on CITY items, such as print ads, postcards, posters, brochures, applications, television programs and the City website.
  • In addition the CITY will include CONTESTANT'S name somewhere on the document where the photo is used.
  • The CITY may alter images of the PHOTO as necessary to fit into reduced or enlarged format sizes.
  • The CITY may use the PHOTO on CITY merchandise and commercial items such as a calendar which may be sold for fundraising purposes.

Pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 106A(3) and only to the extent that this Agreement differs, CONTESTANT expressly waives any rights that the he/she may have under Cal. Civ. Code § 987 or 17 U.S.C. §§ 101 et seq., including, without limitation, 17 U.S.C. §§ 106, 106A, and 113, or any successor statute(s) or regulation(s).


CONTESTANT agrees to release CITY, its agents, officials, employees, and volunteers from and against all liability, including copyright or patent infringement claims or causes of action, arising out of this Agreement and claims arising from CONTESTANT'S participation in the City of Ventura Photo Contest. CONTESTANT agrees to defend (with counsel satisfactory to CITY), indemnify and hold City harmless and free from all liability, whether caused by passive negligence or otherwise, arising out of CONTESTANT'S participation or association with the City of Ventura Photo Contest. CONTESTANT agrees to pay all costs incident to any claim, including, without limitation, attorneys' fees. I agree that the above information is correct. I further agree that this agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by the law of the State of California.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, this document is available in alternate formats by contacting the City of Ventura at 805/658-4706 or through the California Relay Service.

2016 Photo Contest Winners

Over 297 members of the public cast votes online to select the "People's Choice" awards. A second set of “Judges’ Choice” winners came from a Community Partnerships team of visual artist professionals.

“The photo contest becomes more popular every year as a great way for residents to express civic pride in our city's stunning natural landscapes, unique architecture and diverse people, culture and community life," said Community Partnerships Manager Denise Sindelar.

View the Bridge Gallery Winners Exhibit here.

Fifty-five photographers entered 214 images – view them all using the links below.

The JC (Judges’ Choice) and PC (People’s Choice) winners in 5 categories for the 2016 contest are:
Category 1 Environment
    JC (tie) Lysa Urban
    JC (tie) Jacqueline Counter
    PC       Deirdra Finning
Category 2 Architecture
    JC        Christopher Meugniot
    PC       Chuck Gebert
Category 3 Portraits
    JC        John Ferritto
    PC       Tom Robinson
Category 4 Community Life
    JC        Ron Brubaker
    PC        Chuck Gebert
Category 5 Altered Images
    JC & PC   Tammy Sims

Vote online for the “People’s Choice Awards” in October 2017

Contestants and members of the public are invited to cast their votes online to select the “People’s Choice” awards for the 2017 City of Ventura Photo Contest by [new deadline supplied soon[.

All new and past participants have been notified by a Constant Contact message that voting is "open." If you wish to add your email to this list, please click here. Other members of the public wishing to vote can access a ballot below.

People's Choice winners and the professional Judges' Choices will be announced in late Fall through a Constant Contact email to all entrants and voters. Winning images will be displayed in the City Hall Bridge Gallery in the late fall and early winter.

Winners and all participants are invited to a Council recognition and Bridge Gallery reception held in late fall at 6 pm at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli Street. All entries are eligible for City of Ventura print and electronic media with photo credit.

Please note that the photo contest coordinator may reassign some entries to a more appropriate category.

Entries with no voter ID number or labeled "disqualified" are ineligible for selection because they do not meet sufficiently high resolution for print publication and reproduction. These images (if available at high resolution) may be resubmitted for next year's contest if the photographer so desires. Please note that some email programs are set to reduce file attachments to a low resolution format and need to be reset when submitting contest photos.

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