Press Release


Historic Preservation Photo Contest

September 13, 2013

Historic Preservation Photo Contest


In celebration of Preservation Virginia’s 125th Anniversary, we are holding a contest to find great photos of Preservation Success Stories!

Winning photographs will be featured in Preservation Virginia’s 2014-2015 calendar and 125th celebratory materials with full photography credits.Winners will also receive complimentary membership for 2014.

Official Contest Rules


Preservation Virginia is seeking extraordinary photographs from amateur and professional photographers that showcase historic preservation successes in Virginia, in the following categories:

Preservation Virginia’s Historic Properties (Past and Present)

In our 125 years as Virginia’s resource for historic preservation, we have helped to save hundreds of properties, some of which we still manage and are open to the public.  Others are in the care of dedicated preservation stewards, whether privately-owned or managed by non-profit organizations. Capture a unique and inspiring view of a Preservation Virginia “legacy” property and submit it with a description of why this place is inspiring to you.

Local Historic Sites and Properties Currently Being Preserved

Is there a local preservation success story in your region? Are you involved with preserving a local historical or cultural site? If so, please send a picture (with or without you and other preservationists) and your preservation success story. We would love to highlight not only your beautiful photograph, but your story as well! 

Local Historic Site In Need of Preservation

Do you know of a site in need of preservation?  Would you like to help raise awareness in order to save this place?  If so, take a picture, and send us some info on your unique piece of Virginia history. Who knows, maybe it could be considered for next year’s Most Endangered Sites list!

Distinguished Architectural Elements and Historic Viewsheds

Is there a particular element of Virginia architecture, or a view that takes your breath away? If so, capture that image and send it in to us with a description of where the image came from and why it is important to you.


All photos must be taken in Virginia.

Entries Accepted:

Entries accepted September 15th to October 15th, 2013

Winners announced on October 31st, 2013

How to Submit:

Submit your photo through our Facebook contest page HERE. (Please note that you do NOT have to have a Facebook page to enter.)

Only submit photos that you have taken; include credit information.

Submit high resolution photos in jpg format up to approximately 3MB.

How the Photos are Judged:

Photos will be judged on originality, artistic composition, technical quality, photographic technique and on the compelling nature of the accompanying description.

There will be a first, second, and third place winner in each category.


Winners will be notified via email and/or phone. Winners may be asked to provide full resolution files of their images.

First Place:

Inclusion in Preservation Virginia’s annual calendar, published in Preservation Virginia’s eNewsletter (with interview), website, Facebook and Twitter pages. One year of membership to Preservation Virginia, $25 gift certificate to any of Preservation Virginia’s museum stores.

Second Place:

Also posted on Facebook and Twitter pages. One year of membership to Preservation Virginia, $10 gift certificate to any of Preservation Virginia’s museum stores

Third Place:

One year of membership to Preservation Virginia, Free Preservation Virginia Calendar


Who is Eligible to Enter:

Photographs must have been taken by you, and you must have the rights to the photo.

Employees of Preservation Virginia are not eligible to win prizes. Employees are allowed to upload photos, but must check the box identifying that you are an employee.

What To Do:

Enjoy your experience and share it with us.

Tell your friends.

What Not To Do:

Don’t break any laws.

Don’t do anything unsafe.


Any questions, write to

Legal Disclaimers

No donation or obligation of any kind by an entrant is necessary to win. Any donation made by you will not increase your chances of winning.

General: Ownership and copyright of ALL ENTRIES remain with the photographer. Participation in the contest grants Preservation Virginia unlimited and non-exclusive use for Preservation Virginia publications, website, products and other uses to promote Preservation Virginia’s work. By entering the contest you warrant that you have not granted exclusive rights to all or any part of your entry to another person or entity. You also warrant that your entry does not invade the right of privacy of any individual; does not infringe on any trademark, trade name, trade secret, intellectual property right, or other common law or statutory right.

Limitation of Liability: Preservation Virginia is not responsible for errors of any kind in any contest-related matters. If, for any reason, the contest is not capable of running as planned, or infection by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, actions of entrants, technical failures, or any other cause corrupts or infects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest, Preservation Virginia reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and/or to cancel or suspend the contest at their sole discretion.

Release from Liability: By entering, participants release and hold harmless Preservation Virginia, its affiliated organizations, and each of their directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents and representative from any and all liability for any injuries, loss, claim, action, demand or damage of any kind arising from or related to Preservation Virginia’s photo, any prize won, any misuse or malfunction of any prize awarded, participation in any photo contest-related activity, or participation in the contest.

Press Contact

Justin A. Sarafin

 Director of Preservation Initiatives & Engagement



 204 West Franklin Street

Richmond, VA 23220

Phone: 804-648-1889 x317 | Fax: 804-775-0802

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