As part of its mission of protecting the rural economy, natural resources, history, and beauty, PEC is now presenting a wonderful annual photo contest. For this contest, PEC requires images that enable people to experience the wonderful place in new and exciting ways. This is why they are launching a PEC’S Annual Photo Contest for all the amateur and professional photographers to take part in and capture their best shots. Photos can be taken within PEC’s nine-county region —Albemarle (and Charlottesville), Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock. There are four different categories given for you to choose and submit accordingly.
PEC staff, with the help of guest judges, will select finalists in each category. Photos will be judged based on content, contrast, composition, and originality. The ultimate winners and runners-up in each category will be determined by a public online vote. Pictures with a low resolution are less likely to be considered as finalists. Each of the finalists will receive a free PEC membership and have his/her work featured in upcoming PEC publications. The winners of the “Beautiful Landscapes,” “Native Plants and Wildlife” and “People and Places” categories will receive a $75 gift certificate to a nearby Buy Fresh Buy Local restaurant! The winner of the “Youth” category will receive a $75 iTunes gift card.
Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) was founded in 1972 to promote and protect Virginia Piedmont’s rural economy, natural resources, history, and beauty. Headquartered in Warrenton, VA, PEC connects people to the landscapes, communities, and heritage of Virginia’s Piedmont. Now, as one of the most effective community-based environmental groups in the country, PEC works with the citizens of our nine-county region to conserve land, create thriving communities, strengthen rural economies, celebrate historic resources, protect air and water quality, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat, and improve people’s access to nature. PEC is a leader — empowering residents to protect what makes Piedmont a wonderful place and encouraging them to pursue a positive vision for the region’s future.
Following is the brief description of the following scholarship:
|Organization||Piedmont Environmental Council|
|Number of Awards||Varies|
|Contest Deadline||September 30, 2021|
|Application Fees||Not required|
Who is Eligible?
The Piedmont Environmental Council’s 2021 photo contest is open to all photographers except employees of The Piedmont Environmental Council and their immediate families.
Adults (18 years or older) are eligible to submit 5 images each to the three categories (Landscape, Plants and Wildlife, and People and Places). Participants 17 years of age and younger may enter 5 photos in the Youth category. Participants 17 years of age and younger must have a parent’s or guardian’s permission to enter the PEC Photo Contest. Parents or guardians will need to fill out the Youth Agreement form for participating minors.
How to Apply?
To enter the contest, fill out and submit the google form given on the scholarship portal. You’ll be asked to log in using a Google account. You’ll need to create an account if you don’t already have one.
Once logged in, work your way through the form. You’ll start by entering some basic information about yourself. Then, there is a separate submission page for each contest category.
- You can submit up to five images per category, and you can submit to all three categories (or just the Youth category if you’re 17 years of age or younger).
- This means that if you are 18 or older, you can submit as few as one photo or as many as 15 photos total.
- Example: If you only want to submit a wildlife photo, just skip past the Beautiful Landscapes section and go straight to the Native Plants and Wildlife section.
Please be sure to write a short caption for each photo you submit.
- Include a title, the county the photo was taken in, any more specific information about the location, and a short description of what the photo depicts.
- Example caption: “Backroad Lillies. Lovely summer flowers along backroad near Old Rag, Madison County.“
Follow the below-given instructions carefully to submit your photos:
- Once you’ve uploaded your photos and written captions, be sure to click through to the last page of the form and click submit to ensure that your entry is recorded.
Participants 17 years of age or younger and her/his parent or guardian MUST complete the youth agreement form given on the portal for their submissions to be considered for judging.
- Photographs should be between 1MB and 10MBs at 72 DPI or more. You may submit smaller-sized images, but images with a low resolution are less likely to be considered as finalists.
- No Watermarked Images Please
- Credit will always be provided
- Images must be the original art of the entrant, and the original artwork may be displayed in public and entered into the PEC Photo Contest.
- All images must be obtained legally. The photographer is responsible for obtaining the permission of any individuals depicted in images who are the subject of the photo and/or identifiable (or permission from their parent/guardian if they are under 18).
Each of the finalists will receive a free PEC membership and have his/her work featured in upcoming PEC publications. The winners of the “Beautiful Landscapes,” “Native Plants and Wildlife” and “People and Places” categories will receive a $75 gift certificate to a nearby Buy Fresh Buy Local restaurant! The winner of the “Youth” category will receive a $75 iTunes gift card.
The deadline for the application submission for the following contest is September 30, 2021. No applications will be considered after this date.