Announcing the 2022 NADO Photo Contest

The 2022 NADO Photo Contest is officially underway now through September 16! The contest is an opportunity each year for our member organizations to tell the story of their regions through images that capture the people and places that make their communities interesting places to live, work, and play. 

Photos submitted from our member organizations will be judged in the following categories:

Building Vibrant Places
Strengthening the Built and Natural Environments
Investing in Our Regional Economy
Sustaining Our Communities 

Winners and runners-up will be decided in these four categories, as well as a “People’s Choice” winner that will be selected by public votes through our Facebook page. Click here to download the contest entry form.

Winners in each of the categories, including the People’s Choice, will receive $100 AMEX gift cards.

Looking for inspiration? Check out the winners from previous years: 202120202019201820172016, 2015, and 2014.

Click here to download the contest entry form

Contest Rules:

  • Photos submitted must have been taken by staff of a NADO member organization
  • Photos must have been taken within the past two years
  • Each organization can submit up to 2 images per category (for a maximum of 8 total submitted)
  • For images featuring people, the photographer must have received express or implied consent for their photograph to be taken
  • Do not use a photo editing tool to alter the images prior to submitting
  • Photos must be submitted by e-mail to Brett Schwartz at [email protected] by 5 p.m. ET on September 9. In the subject line, write “[Your organization name] – Photo Contest.”

We look forward to receiving your photos! Questions? Contact Brett Schwartz at [email protected].


Joe McKinney has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations since 2012. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. Under his leadership, Land of Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation in program areas including planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has also held various other roles in city, county, association, and government management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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