Show Off Shakopee Photo Contest

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Each September, the city hosts the Show Off Shakopee photo contest, celebrating everything that makes Shakopee special.

2019 Theme: A City For All Seasons

Shakopee residents are invited to submit photos that celebrate the four seasons (spring, summer, fall and winter). 

Entry Period

Contest entries will be accepted online Sept. 1-30.

Eligibility & Contest Rules

  • The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers who live, work or attend school in Shakopee. Entries must be submitted by the original photographer.
  • Limit three entries per photographer.
  • City employees and their immediate families are not eligible to participate.
  • By submitting photos, you agree to the terms of the city's Photographer Consent Form [PDF]; a completed form is not required.
  • For photos with recognizable people, it is the responsibility of the photographer to obtain permission to use the person's image. By submitting to the contest, the photographer affirms he/she has obtained such consent.
  • All submissions became the property of the City of Shakopee and may be used in any city material. 

Photo Guidelines

  • Photos will be accepted in four categories: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. The city has the right to reclassify photos if deemed appropriate.
  • Photos shall not be more than two years old and must be taken in the City of Shakopee.
  • Submissions must be at least 2400x3000 pixels with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
  • Only digital images will be accepted (JPG, TIFF, etc.). 
  • Minor digital enhancements, such as cropping, are allowed, but images that have been significantly modified or appear unnatural will be disqualified.

Judging & Awards

A judging panel of city staff will evaluate the entries on subject matter, composition, clarity, lighting, artistry, technical excellence and overall impact. All decisions will be final; judges reserve the right not to award a winner.

One winning photo will be selected from each seasonal category with an overall Grand Prize winner chosen from among the top seasonal pictures. The Grand Prize winner will receive $100; the remaining three category winners will receive $50 each.

Winning photographs will be announced in the Winter 2020 Hometown Messenger. They will also be featured on the city website and at city hall.