Summer Morning on Lake Ontario by Sharon Gavenda

Announcing the 2019 Photo Contest

The 2019 Orleans County Tourism Photo Contest is underway! This is the 4th year that we’ve held the contest and we are overwhelmed by the wonderful and creative photographs that showcase the unique and inviting character of Orleans County. The featured image was the 2018 winning photograph taken by Sharon Gavenda in Point Breeze.

Click here to download the official contest rules and entry forms.

The contest is open to any amateur or professional photographer with the exception of employees of the Orleans County Tourism Department.  We will accept up to 5 photographs from an individual photographer. All photographs must be taken within Orleans County with a “tourism-draw” subject matter such as recreation, heritage, nature, annual event or tourist attractions. All entries must be submitted by midnight, November 3, 2019 via email or postmarked no later than November 2, 2019. Winners will be notified by November 15, 2019.

A panel of 8-10 judges will rate the photos on the basis of “Tourism Attraction” relevance, subject matter, creativity and quality as well as those which capture the unique quality and beauty of our region. Photographer’s names will not be revealed to the judges. Once again, we’re looking for the WOW factor or “magazine cover worthy” image. New this year: sunrise and sunset images will be rated more favorably when it includes either an icon specific to Orleans County, wildlife specific to our region or activity. We want to insure the photograph is specific to Orleans County and wouldn’t pass for another locale.

The first place photographer will have first choice on 2 complimentary tickets to any one of the following performances. The second and third place winners will choose from the remaining tickets in that order. Only one prize will be awarded per photographer.

  • Wayne Brady at the Seneca Niagara Events Center at Seneca Niagara Resort in Niagara Falls, NY, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at 8 PM (Attendees must be over 18 y/o)
  • Celine Dion at the Key Bank Center, Buffalo, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 at 7:30 PM
  • The Lion King at the Rochester Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, NY, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 at 1 PM.

We look forward to your submissions! Questions can be directed to Lynne Menz at or 585-589-3103.

Download the official contest rules and entry forms.

Here are the top rated photographs from 2018: