Announcing the 2017 NADO Photo Contest!

Posted on: June 14th, 2017 by Brett Schwartz

***People’s Choice Voting via Facebook will run July 31 to August 9*** (https://www NULL.facebook

The National Association of Development Organizations is pleased to launch the 2017 NADO Photo Contest, taking place June 16 – July 14, 2017.  The contest is an opportunity for our member organizations to tell the story of their regions through images that capture the people and places that make their communities wonderful places to live, work, and play.  Last year member organizations submitted over 140 images!

Photos submitted by staff from our member organizations will be judged in five categories:  Building Vibrant Places, Strengthening the Built and Natural Environments, Investing in our Regional Economy, Sustaining our Communities, and 50 Years Retrospective .  Winners and runners-up will be decided in these five categories, as well as a “People’s Choice” winner that will be selected by public votes through our Facebook (https://www NULL.facebook page.

We’re looking for creative, engaging, and exciting photos that showcase your region in the following categories:

  • Building Vibrant Places
    Main Streets
    Public Spaces
    Historic Preservation/Heritage
    Creative Communities – Arts/Culture
  • Strengthening the Built and Natural Environments
    Landscapes/Natural Environment
    Disaster Preparedness/Recovery
    Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Projects
  • Investing in our Regional Economy
    Workforce Development
    Small Business Support
    Economic Diversification Strategies
    Local Food Systems
  • Sustaining our Communities
    Health and Human Services
    Seniors / Aging in Place
  • 50 Years Retrospective
    NADO is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – in honor of the occasion, we have added this new category to the contest.  Submit historic and archival photos from over the past 50 years that tell the story of your region, organization, and staff.  Examples could include a landmark project, special event/occasion, or key milestone from the past five decades that has made a major impact.

Check out last year’s photos for some inspiration! (https://www NULL.facebook

All photos submitted will be shown in a slide show at the Annual Training Conference in Anchorage, AK (September 9-12) and may be used in NADO and NADO Research Foundation publications and on the NADO website and social media platforms.

contest entry formPhoto Contest Rules:

– The photo contest is open from June 16 to July 14, 2017 (closing at 11:59 PM Pacific)
– The contest is open only to NADO member organizations and must have been taken by staff
– Each NADO member organization can submit up to 2 photos per category, for a maximum of 10 photos
– Photos must have been taken within the past two years (except for the 50 Years Retrospective category) and not previously submitted to the NADO Photo Contest
– NADO member organizations must receive consent from identifiable persons in photos, if applicable
– Photos may not be edited using a filter or photo shopping tool

How to Submit Photos:

– All photos must be submitted digitally and accompanied by an entry form (click here)
– Photos from both digital cameras and high-resolution smart phones will be accepted
– E-mail your photos and entry form to NADO Research Foundation Program Manager   Brett Schwartz at [email protected] (bschwartz null@null nado  In the subject line, write “NADO Photo Contest Submission – [YOUR ORGANIZATION].”  If the files are too big, you can opt to submit via DropBox (https://www NULL.dropbox [email protected] (bschwartz null@null nado

Judging and Prizes:

Photos will be judged on creativity, composition, impression, and overall artistic merit as it relates to each category.

Winning organizations in each of the five categories as well as the People’s Choice will each receive a $100 AMEX gift card.


Please direct any questions to NADO Research Foundation Program Manager Brett Schwartz at [email protected] (bschwartz null@null nado

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