All photographers invited to submit images that capture the spirit of Essex County by December 1, 2016

Photographers get snapping! In celebration of Essex Heritage’s 20th Anniversary, all photographers are invited to submit images to the Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest that capture the unique character of the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County) or speak to Essex Heritage’s role in preserving the historic, cultural, and natural places of Essex County.  Photographs must be taken within the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County) and represent one of the three Photo Contest categories for this year.  The 2016 Photo Contest categories are: “This Land is Your Land,” “Go Coastal!” and “Downtown.” All submissions are due by, or must be postmarked by, December 1, 2016.

Sponsored by the Essex Heritage, Hunt’s Photo & Video and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, the 2016 Photo Contest will award up to 14 prizes to photographers: one Grand Prize winner and a People’s Choice award followed by a first, second, and third prize winner in each of the three contest categories.  Youth prizes may also be awarded to up to three winners ages 5-17 in any contest category.  The award-winning photographs are to be exhibited at the Hunt’s Photo & Video flagship store (100 Main Street, Melrose, MA) and will also be displayed at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem (2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA) and the offices of the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission in Haverhill (160 Main Street, Haverhill, MA). 

Experience inspiration through your lens and share your vision of why the Essex National Heritage Area is like nowhere else! Visit to learn more about the 2016 Essex Heritage Photo Contest and to download an entry form.