Are you an amateur photographer who enjoys taking pictures as a hobby?

Hills & Dales Estate invites you to participate in the Hills & Dales Estate Photography Contest!

Contest Dates

The dates of the contest are March 1 – July 31, 2018. All photographs must be taken at Hills & Dales during the contest period.

Photo Categories

There will be five categories for judging: Landscapes, Plants & Flowers, Architecture, People, and Wildlife. Each contestant can submit up to three pictures. They can be in any of the five categories.

Photo Submission

Please complete the online submission form below and make sure all images are titled. Include the photographer’s first and last name and the category of the entry. If any of your photos includes people, you must provide a signed Photography Release Form (see below to download). There is no cost for submission, but we ask all participants to purchase a multi-use garden ticket at the visitor center.

File requirements

All photos should be submitted in JPG digital format and have a minimum resolution of 2 megapixels. No print submissions will be accepted. Photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. The photos should not be significantly altered in Photoshop or similar editing software beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.).

Judging & Prizes

A panel of three professional photographers will select the winning photographs for each of the five categories. The panel will select winners as follows: Grand Prize Winner ($250 cash prize). Category Winners ($100 cash prize each); one for each category. Second and third place winners will also be recognized. If appropriate, honorable mentions will be recognized. Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit.

Awards Reception & Exhibition

A special reception and award presentation will be held on August 14 at the Hills & Dales Visitor Center. Contest participants and members of Hills & Dales Estate will be invited to the opening show. All photography submitted will remain on display at the visitor center from August 14 through September 29.

Image Use & Rights

Contestants will retain all rights to photographs that are submitted—including ownership, however, Hills & Dales Estate may use images in both online and print communications and otherwise used in accordance with these contest rules. By entering the contest, you grant Hills & Dales Estate (i) a nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, publicly display and publicly perform the photographs you submit to the estate, and (ii) the right to use your name, city and state in promotions and other publications. All photographs will be credited with the caption “© Person’s Name.” Please note the commercial use of Hills & Dales Estate images is strictly prohibited without expressed written consent. By entering this contest, you agree to the terms of these contest rules.

Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be directed to

Submit Photographs Online Here

The Hills & Dales Photography contest is now closed. Thank you for all of your submissions!