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!


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 2018 focuses on action (photos of people at work or play in Golden Valley; activities at City parks, nature areas, trails, waterways, structures, neighborhoods, and buildings; or other types of activity around Golden Valley's natural or built spaces).
  • All entries submitted must be your own work.
  • Submit up to three color or black-and-white photo finish prints.
  • Digital files must be 5x7 and 300 dpi. Files that don't meet this criteria will be disqualified.
  • Print photos must be trimmed to 5x7 on photo-quality paper (no slides or photocopies).
  • Do not mat or frame photos.
  • Include complete entry information for each photo (Print Photo Entry Form, 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.

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, visit


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 19-July 3 for the People's Choice award.


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)