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Oro Valley Community Photography Competition

January 19 - April 20

The Oro Valley Community Photography Competition Returns for its third year

The overwhelmingly popular community photography competition will return to Oro Valley, AZ, with cash prizes for a second year. Online submissions are open through April 20, 2023

Submissions open at www.orovalleyphotos.com

(ORO VALLEY, AZ) The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) and the Town of Oro Valley are partnering up once again to capture the essence of Oro Valley life, animals, outdoor spaces, urban and residential life, and experience of life within the community, with the inaugural Oro Valley Community Photography Competition. The competition aims to reveal the essence of Oro Valley through the lens of a camera, transporting us to unique landmarks, introduce us to new friends and neighbors, and help us rediscover the beauty in our backyards. Most importantly, the competition will promote the rich history, robust life, and natural beauty of Oro Valley.

The 2023 competition will provide three main categories for submission, including major themes of People, Places & Nature, and Animals & Wildlife. More information on these category descriptions can be found on the competition website. Cash prizes will be provided in each of the categories for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place and two Honorable Mention Ribbons in each category. A special Youth category has been established to encourage participation from entrants under the age of 18.

The community can submit up to 7 entries in each category, through the www.orovalleyphotos.com website. Photographs will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit from a panel of both emerging and established professional artists and editorial contacts.

Online entries can be uploaded starting January 19, 2023. The deadline for submitting entries is 11:59 p.m. on April 20, 2023.

• All Photographs must be taken in the Town of Oro Valley.
• Photographer does not have to live or work in Oro Valley.
• Photographers of all ages are open to participate.
• Photos should be submitted electronically as high-quality .jpg/.jpeg files that are at least 8″x10″ at 300 DPI, or 2400×3000 pixels at 72 DPI.
• An online entry form must accompany the Photograph submission/s. Only entries with complete and accurate information will be considered eligible.
• All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photographs that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.
• If a Photographer chooses to include people in her/his submission, s/he is responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted and must be able to provide copies of those releases to upon request.
• Images will only be accepted without watermarks.
• Photographers may enter up to five (3) Photographs in any category.
• Winning Photographs will be published in the Southern Arizona Arts and

Cultural Alliance’s online newsletter, displayed on the SAACA website, posted to the SAACA Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter sites, among other uses permitted under these Photo Contest rules subject to the Photographer’s rights noted previously.
The Town of Oro Valley and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance will host a collaborative winners’ presentation award ceremony in Spring 2023. Details will be announced through the website at a later date.

More information about the competition is available at www.ororvalleyphotos.com, as well as on the www.saaca.org website.


January 19
April 20
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