Scenic Tennessee Photo Contests

Please note: Scenic Tennessee Photo Contests are on hiatus while we do some reorganizing.
Please check back here periodically for announcements of future contests.

In 1988, Scenic Tennessee began inviting Tennessee school kids to engage with the beauty of their state by taking photographs on a theme and submitting them for a friendly annual judging.

Since then, Scenic Tennessee’s photo contests have been among the most popular things we do. While they no longer take place on a yearly basis, they are now open to professional and amateur adult photographers as well as middle- and high school students; and they typically benefit from the expertise and involvement of a partner organization, such as the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area which cosponsored the Civil War-themed Living Legacies contest in 2011-2012, or the Tennessee Historical Society which joined in our Viewing History contest in 2006-2007. The submissions themselves often give rise to one or more special ad hoc categories, such as the popular “Falling Waters” sub-theme that emerged in 2009’s Lands Worth Preserving.

Today’s contests offer modest cash prizes, and the winning images may be mounted in a traveling exhibit available to libraries, museums and other venues that are open to the public;

There is no fee to enter our contests; we ask only that contestants give permission to Scenic Tennessee and any nonprofit partners to use their submissions for educational and related promotional purposes—such as decorating the Pickin’ Up Tennessee RV during our statewide litter awareness tour in 2013.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Scenic Tennessee president and long-time contest coordinator Marge Davis at