Download a printable 2017 Valdosta People's Choice Photo Contest Application.
Access Online Contest Application Form.
The City of Valdosta is proud to partner again with the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts to host the 9th Annual Valdosta People's Choice Photo Contest. This special event is designed to inspire citizens to capture on camera the best of living in Valdosta. Whether photography is your passion, your hobby or just an occasional pastime, we invite you to participate.
The deadline to enter the contest is Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
Photographs must be taken within the Valdosta City limits. Participants may choose from the following categories:
It’s a Generational Thing
(People living life)
Sponsored by Jack Oliver Real Estate
For Weather or Worse
(seasons and weather)
Sponsored by Georgia Power
BeClaws, I Love You
(for animal lovers)
Sponsored by Lowndes County Animal Services
Standing the Test of Time
Sponsored by BFB Gladwin Architects
Sponsored by Valdosta Main Street
A first-place winner and an honorable mention will be selected in each category. Our citizens will also vote on the overall Best in Show Award, for both the adult and youth (ages 16 and under) participants.
An opening reception will be held at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts on Monday, June 12, from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to attend to vote on the entries. Voting will continue at the arts center from June 12 through July 12, 2017.
Winners will be announced at a reception at the center on Monday, July 17, from 5-7 p.m. The photos will remain on display at the center through Wednesday, July 26.
Both amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. See additional contest rules below. A $100 cash prize will be awarded to 1st place in all categories, and a $200 cash prize will be awarded to Best in Show.
Official Contest Rules
Photographs must be taken within the Valdosta City limits.
Each entry must include a completed and signed entry form, one 8x10 photo print, and one electronic JPEG of the photo on a compact disc (CD) or jump drive. Multiple submissions may be included on the same CD/jump drive. Unreadable images will be disqualified.
Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Do not submit a photo taken by someone other than yourself. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted. Your submission of the photo and entry form is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo.
Number of Entries
An individual may submit only one photo per category (total of five photos). Please submit a separate entry form for every entry.
Photo Subject Restrictions
Photos must be appropriate for posting on a public government website. Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. The City of Valdosta and the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts retain sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content. Photos containing recognizable people must be accompanied by a signed Photo Release Form.
Return of Photos
Photos, regardless of the medium, will not be returned. Please do not send your only copy of a photo.
Contest participants grant the City of Valdosta and the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts the non-exclusive right to publish, use, distribute, reproduce and publicly display entered photographs, and to create derivative works from all photographs, in perpetuity, in any of its online, print or other media publications, materials or exhibitions, for purposes of promoting the Valdosta community, through its publications, advertising and web sites, and without payment or compensation. The City of Valdosta and the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts will make every effort to credit photographers when using photos, but there may be circumstances where it is not possible to do so. Subject to the rights granted to the City of Valdosta and the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, contest participants retain all other copyrights and rights to future use of the photographs entered in the contest.
How to Enter
The application, jump drive/CD, and photograph(s) may be mailed or hand-delivered by Wednesday, May 31, 2017, to:
Valdosta People's Choice Photo Contest
c/o Public Information Office
300 N. Lee Street, Room #102
Valdosta, GA 31601
Valdosta People's Choice Photo Contest
The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts
527 N. Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31601
No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win.
Entries will be judged by a people's choice voting process from June 12 through July 12. The City of Valdosta and the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts reserve the right to disqualify an entry for any violation of the contest rules. All contest decisions are final.
First place winners and honorable mentions will be selected in the five categories and for the overall Best in Show award, for both the adult and youth (ages 16 and under) participants. All entries will be displayed in a gallery at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts through Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
Submitting Prints & Photos on CD/Jump Drive
Prints must be 8 x 10 inches. Do not send negatives. Attach a label to the back of each print with the following information:
Do not write on the photo itself. If submitting multiple entries, each print should accompany a corresponding entry form. Prints will not be returned.
Additional Terms and Conditions
The City of Valdosta and the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts is not responsible for computer system, hardware, software, or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, or delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Furthermore, the City of Valdosta and the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts are not responsible for: (1) lost, misdirected, misplaced, illegible, unintelligible, incomplete, or late entries or (2) any act, failure to act, or delay regarding the transmitting or processing of entries. The City of Valdosta and the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend all or any portion of this contest without notice if factors beyond their control, including technical difficulties, disrupt or corrupt the fair or secure administration or operation of the contest. The City of Valdosta and the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts are entitled to interpret these rules as needed and their decisions are final. The City of Valdosta and the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts reserve the right to disqualify any entry that they have reason to believe is not the original work of the entrant, or does not otherwise meet the contest rules. If a winner is disqualified or determined to be ineligible, the winner with the second largest number of people's choice votes will be named and subject to all requirements set forth in these Official Rules.
By participating in the contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the City of Valdosta, the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, and their employees, officers, affiliates, agents, and advertising and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind resulting from your participation in this contest, including infringement of intellectual property rights. The City of Valdosta, the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, and their employees, officers, affiliates, agents, and advertising and promotional agencies assume no responsibility or liability for any damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind arising in whole or in part from this contest.
For More Information
- City of Valdosta Public Information Office, 229-259-3548
- Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, 229-247-2787