2020 Photo Contest


Photographers Get Snapping! All photographers are invited to submit images 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 Heritage Area (Essex County) and represent one of the three contest categories listed below. Please read the complete Rules & Requirements, and send in an Entry Form for your chance to win! Deadline for submission is: December 18, 2020. All photos entered must have been captured between January 1, 2020 and December 17, 2020 to be eligible.


  1. Rules & Requirements (.pdf)
  2. Entry form (.pdf)
  3. Model Release Form (.pdf)


  • Bright Sunshiny Day: Rain, rain go away! Show us your best shots of bright mornings and lazy afternoons. There are no sunrises or sunsets here – we want to see picnics, honeybees, sunshine and ice cream!
  • People of Essex County: The Essex National Heritage Area is full to the brim with history – 26 National Historic Landmarks, 86 Historic Sites, 400 farms, and a plethora of public lands – but it’s the people that make these places what they are! We want to see the residents, tourists, and everyone in between that keep the Heritage Area alive in more ways than one! Show us the people that keep Essex County hustling and bustling at work, play, and rest! 
  • Uniquely Essex County: Essex County is home to some unique and amazing sights, we want to see what you think best represents it! Keep an eye out the next time you’re out and about to find the details that make Essex County what it is – and capture the whole depth of field that frames it!


  • Heritage at Home: As the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic causes mass disruptions to our everyday lives, how do you cope? As a cultural institution, it is important to Essex Heritage to preserve and enhance the stories of these unprecedented and difficult times


Winners will be notified and announced by the end of January 2020.

Winning images will be exhibited at the Hunt’s Photo & Video flagship store (100 Main Street, Melrose, MA). Images will also be displayed at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem (2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA) and at the offices of the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (160 Main Street, Haverhill, MA) for up to one year. Winning images will also be used in Essex Heritage publications as well as posted on the Essex Heritage website at  EssexHeritage.org and other social media outlets.

The 2020 Photo Contest is made possible by the generous contributions of Hunt's Photo & Video, the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, the National Park Service, and Waite & Peirce.