Photo Contest

Roanoke Valley Greenways Photo Contest 2016
Roanoke Valley Greenways is seeking images captured along greenway corridors and trails comprising the Roanoke Valley Greenway network within the cities of Roanoke and Salem, Roanoke County, and the Town of Vinton. Images may include greenway users and activities, wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, cultural landscapes, weather, architecture/structures, etc. Prizes will be awarded for each category and a selection of winning photos will appear on the Roanoke Valley Greenways and sponsor websites and promotional materials.

The 4th Annual Greenways Photo Contest is open through September 15, 2016. Photos taken between October 1, 2015 and September 15, 2016 are eligible for submission. Photo contest entries must be submitted no later than midnight September 15, 2016. Photo contest winners will be announced at the annual Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission Picnic scheduled for October 2016.

Roanoke Valley Greenways Photo Contest Winners – 2014 and 2013

Photo Categories
Photographers may enter image(s) in the following categories:

  • Greenway use/activities (category 1)
  • Wildlife/Nature/Scenery/Landscape (category 2)

Note: All images must be taken along or from a greenway corridor in the Roanoke Valley Greenway network. Visit for greenway locations and maps.

Prizes will be awarded to winning images in each photo contest ‘category.’ Place winners 1, 2, 3 and honorable mentions will be determined at the judges’ discretion. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st Place – $100.00
  • 2nd Place – $50.00
  • 3rd Place – $25.00
  • Honorable Mention – No cash prize, recognition only

Photo contest winners will be announced at the annual Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission Picnic scheduled for October 2016.

How to Enter the Roanoke Valley Greenways Photo Contest
Please carefully review the following instructions! Failure to follow the photo contest entry rules and instructions may result in the entry being disqualified.

  • Each participant may submit photos in one or both categories for a total of four (4) photo submissions
  • Images should be submitted as attachment(s) via email to
  • When submitting photos please include ‘Roanoke Valley Greenways Photo Contest 2016’ in the email ‘subject’
  • Include the following information in the email body/text:

Email address
Phone number

  • Model release form (if applicable) should be submitted as an email attachment to
  • Maximum file size for each photo is 10MB; however, it is recommended that your file be at least 4MB. All submitted image files should be in .jpg format.
  • All image files submitted should use the following file naming convention:

last name-first name-category#-image# (see categories section above)
Examples: Smith-Adam-catagory2-image1; Hobbes-Thomas-category1-image2

  • Upon receipt of photo submissions, entrants will receive a confirmation email from

The Roanoke Valley Greenways Photo Contest is open to all photographers of any age with the exception of Photo Contest judges and Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission staff. Entry in the contest constitutes participant agreement to allow photograph(s), name, city, state of residence (school and grade for youth participants) to be published as award winners and used on Websites or in printed and promotional materials owned and/or produced by the Roanoke Valley Greenways, local governments, or interagency partners of the Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission. Photo Contest entrants retain ownership and/or use of submitted photographs.

A panel of judges selected by the Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission will judge the contest. Images will be judged on originality, composition, overall impact, artistic merit, and technical excellence. All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.

Legal Conditions
By entering, participants warrant that his or her entry materials are original and do not infringe on any third party’s rights. By entering, participants release and hold harmless Roanoke Valley Greenways, sponsors, or interagency partners from any liability. The Roanoke Valley Greenways may share your contact information with sponsors and agency partners of the Roanoke Valley Greenways Photo Contest. All decisions by the Roanoke Valley Greenways Photo Contest judges will be final and binding.

Model Release  – if a recognizable person is in a submitted photograph, a model release must be submitted with the entry. Liability is limited to the value of prizes.

Sponsorship Opportunities
If you area interested in being a photo contest sponsor contact Roanoke Valley Greenways at or 540. 777.6330 for details. Sponsor information and acknowledgements will be included on all 2016 Roanoke Valley Greenways Photo Contest promotions, announcements, and advertisements.

Questions and/or Additional Information
Direct all Photo Contest questions or inquires to or 777.6330.