Social Distancing Nature Photo Contest


During these tough times, nature is bringing much-needed peace and tranquility to us all as spring blooms throughout Northern Virginia. We want to celebrate this beauty with you by holding the first-ever spring edition of our annual photo contest. The rules are the same as usual with one new twist that all photos will be judged together. We welcome submissions from anyone - especially young people - that wish to participate and submit their 

photos using our guidelines.

Photo Credit: Liz Holland

From My Window 

Photos of nature visible from your window. This can be everything from the view you see to your own flower boxes. Great for folks who may not have their own yards and live in apartments or condominiums!

My Backyard 

Photos of the natural world captured in your yards. Kids and dogs playing are welcome! 

Spring is Here 

Photos that show the beauty of the world waking up from its winter slumber. New buds on trees, fox kits, baby deer – basically anything that says spring to you. 

Social Distancing in Nature 

Photos depicting how you and yours are social distancing while being renewed by nature during these difficult times.  

Categories for Spring 2020! 

Please Note
Submitted photos must be taken within our service area. This includes: Arlington, Caroline, Fairfax, Fauquier, King George, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania, and Stafford counties; as well as nearby independent cities including Alexandria, City of Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, and Manassas Park. 

How to Enter

1) Choose or take some awesome nature photos! 
2) Download and complete the entry form and photograph release linked below
3) Email the forms and your photos to by midnight, June 15, 2020.  
*Please put your name, the category, and the title of your photo(s) somewhere in the email 
4) Look out for our announcement of the winners in late July or early August! Staff will review the submissions for creativity, content, composition, and originality, and award the top photographs.  

Contact us if you have any questions! 

Disclaimer: Our photo contests are open to non-professional photographers of all ages. Through all of our contests, we hope to promote awareness and appreciation for all of the beautiful natural wonders of Northern Virginia. Photographers retain all rights to all photographs submitted but agree to grant NVCT the right to publish the images with or without names

Previous Entries Include 

1st Place - FF6.jpg