Views of the Valley Photo Contest

Frame, focus, click, and capture the beauty of your surroundings for the Views of the Valley photo contest. People, places, buildings, landscapes—as long as it’s in the city limits, it’s game. Celebrating Golden Valley since 1993!

+ People's Choice Voting

Voting for the 2019 Views of the Valley People’s Choice Award is now open. Voting can be done online until June 24 at 4:30 pm. Flip through the photos below before you vote.

+ Rules And Submission

The deadline for the 2019 Photo Contest is June 14 at 4:30 pm.

  • You must be a Golden Valley resident (City employees and their families are not eligible to enter).
  • You may submit any type of photo taken in Golden Valley, but photos that fit the current year's theme will be awarded additional points by judges. The theme for 2019 focuses is year-round activity. Residents are encouraged to share photos of life in Golden Valley through the changing seasons.
  • All entries submitted must be your own work.
  • Submit up to three color or black-and-white photo finish prints (no panoramas).
  • Digital files must be no larger than 10MB. Files that don't meet this criteria will be disqualified.
  • Print photos must be on photo-quality paper (no slides or photocopies).
  • Do not mat or frame photos.
  • Include complete entry information for each photo (Digital Photo Entry Form). Be sure to include the location of the photo.
  • All decisions will be final, and judges reserve the right not to award in any category.
  • The City of Golden Valley will not be responsible for lost entries.
  • The contest organizers reserve the right to re-categorize or disqualify any entrant.
  • If there are identifiable people in the photo and it was taken in a non-public space, it is the responsibility of the photographer to obtain permission to use the photo. Photo Release Form

Entrants must agree to let the City of Golden Valley publish entered photos in City publications with proper credit. All photo entries become the property of the City of Golden Valley and are not returned.


To submit photos in person, print the photo entry form and mail or drop off completed print photo entries to:

Photo Contest
City of Golden Valley
7800 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55427

To submit photos online, click here.

+ Judging

Entries will be judged on subject matter, composition, clarity, lighting, depth of field, artistry/drama, degree of difficulty, technical excellence, overall impact. The judges also appreciate creative photo titles.

The public will be allowed to vote online June 17-24 for the People's Choice award.

+ Prizes

The top three winners will each receive $50, and the grand prize winner will receive an additional $50. The People's Choice prize is $25. Winning photos will be published in CityNews and the City website. Winners will also receive certificates of appreciation. All entries will be displayed in City Hall.

Winner's Gallery

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Featured photos: "Golden Valley Fountain," by Richard Gunderson (2007); "Dragonfly At Rest," by Kate Larson (2010), and "Golden Valley Days" by Richard Gunderson (2007)