Announcing the 2015 NADO Photo Contest!

Posted on: August 16th, 2015 by Brett Schwartz


[Update:  Voting is now closed.  Winners will be announced in mid-October!]

The National Association of Development Organizations is pleased to launch the 2015 NADO Photo Contest, taking place August 17 – September 22, 2015.  The contest will be 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 great places to live, work, and play.  We are hoping to build on the success of last year’s contest, which saw 31 NADO members submit over 140 images.

Photos submitted by staff from our member organizations will be judged in four categories:  Building Vibrant Places, Strengthening the Built and Natural Environments, Investing in our Regional Economy, and Sustaining our Communities.  Prizes will be given to winning photos in these four categories, as well as to 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 (not boring stock images!) 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
    Local Food Systems
  • Sustaining our Communities
    Health and Human Services
    Aging in Place

Check out last year’s photos for some inspiration! (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.677593505642879 NULL.1073741839 NULL.220381341364100&type=1)

All photos submitted will be shown in a slide show at the Annual Training Conference in New Orleans (October 24-27) 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 August 17 to September 22, 2015 (closing at 11:59 PM Pacific)
– The contest is open only to NADO member organizations
– Each NADO member organization can submit up to 2 photos per category, for a maximum of 8 photos
– Photos must have been taken within the past two years
– Photos must have been taken by NADO member organization staff
– NADO member organizations must receive consent from identifiable persons in photos if applicable

How to Submit Photos:

– All photos must be submitted digitally and accompanied by an entry form
– 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
– You should receive a confirmation of receipt within five business days of your submission

Judging and Prizes:

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

NADO member organizations that have submitted winning pictures will receive a $100 gift card each to Shutterfly (http://www NULL.shutterfly use to create personalized photo items such as photo books, calendars, magnets, and other keepsakes to showcase their photos.  Winners will be chosen and notified by early October.


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

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