Photo Contest


Columbia Heights Photo Contest
Calling all photographers! The City will be making a commemorative 2021 calendar in honor of Columbia Heights’ 100th anniversary. For the calendar, we are looking for photos taken within the City limits in a variety of seasons, and representing multiple aspects of the town and community. Photographers whose photos are chosen to be included in the calendar will receive recognition in the City Newsletter and a free copy of the calendar to keep. The photo submission deadline is Aug 5, 2020, but it’s not too early to start thinking about good photo opportunities and the type of seasonal settings and community moments you want to capture. We’ll also be accepting historical photos.

Contest Rules
(Please Read All Rules Before Submitting)

• Submit photos to
• All Photos must be taken in Columbia Heights
Photos should be of sufficient size to print at 11 inches across at a minimum of 300 pixels per inch. Keep in mind, no more than 15 megabytes can be sent in a single email. If you submit a photo and do not receive confirmation within a week, please call 763-706-3615.
Horizontal photos will be prioritized over vertical photos.
Blurry/out-of-focus photos will not be considered
• Non-digital photos may be scanned and emailed. If you do not have access to a scanner or to email, you may bring your photos to City Hall, 590 40th Avenue NE, during business hours to be scanned by staff.  
No entry fees to participate.
• A total of up to three photos may be entered per person
• Entries must be submitted by the original photographer or their guardian if they are under 18, unless the photo is historical (50 or more years old)
• Open to residents and non-residents alike
• Amateur, as well as professional photographers, are welcome to enter the contest
• By submitting an entry to the contest, the submitter grants permission to the City of Columbia Heights the use of the photo(s), and rights associated to the use of the photographic likeness, in promotional materials, on the City’s website, in the City’s newsletter and other social media accounts, without compensation. Photos used for these purposes will always include proper photo credit.   
• Photos can be color or black and white. Minor digital enhancement is permitted, but images that have been significantly modified or appear unnatural will likely not be considered
• Photos from previous years will also be considered.
Historical photos (50 years or older) may also be submitted (these photos would not count toward the 3-photo limit, though they should be sent in a separate email if you are also planning to send your own photos. 
Use "CH 100th Anniversary Images” in the subject line of your email. Within the email, include your name, as you would like it to appear in any publications of your image, contact info, and photo title. Photo captions are also encouraged. 
Submit photos no later than Aug 5, 2020. Photographers are encouraged to submit earlier if possible. 
If you do not receive a confirmation email within one business week after submitting your photo, please call 763-706-3615 to confirm the photo has been received. 
• Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges designated by the City of Columbia Heights. In order to ensure anonymous judging, please do not include a signature or watermark that would reveal the name of the photographer on the photo itself
Judges will consider clarity, focus, composition and lighting, and will select photos taken at different times of the year. Judges will consider which photos best represent Columbia Heights. Judges will also consider historical photos to be included in the calendar as supplementary images.