Announcing the 2021 NADO Photo Contest

Posted on: August 5th, 2021 by Brett Schwartz

The National Association of Development Organizations is pleased to launch the 2021 NADO Photo Contest, taking place August 6 – September 17, 2021.  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.  In addition, this year we have added a special category to feature your work in supporting with COVID-19 response and recovery.

Photos submitted by staff 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, and Sustaining our Communities, and COVID-19 Response & Recovery.  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
  • COVID-19 Response & Recovery
    Business support
    Health and Human Services
    Outreach and Information Sharing
    Special Initiatives   

Check out last year’s photos for some inspiration! (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.3397780976957438)

contest entry formPhoto Contest Rules:

– The photo contest is open August 6 to September 17, 2021 (closing at 5 PM Pacific Time)
– 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 and not previously submitted to the NADO Photo Contest
– NADO member organizations must receive consent from identifiable persons in photos, if applicable
– Photos should 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 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 after providing notification.

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 Associate Director Brett Schwartz at [email protected] (bschwartz null@null nado

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