Photo Contest

2017 Photo Contest Submission Deadline has closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2018 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! All entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2018.


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


  • Four Seasons: The Essex National Heritage Area is fortunate enough to experience all four seasons – even if the weather isn’t predictable, the range of beauty we see because of this change sure makes this region magical. Show us the whimsy of winter, surprise of spring, flavors of fall, or the dog days of summer!
  • People at Work & Play in Essex County: You can see centuries of American growth right here in Essex County – from the colonial settlements to maritime adventurers during the Golden Age of Sail.  These occupations led to the birth of the American labor movement, and their impact is still visible today. But, Essex County isn’t all work and no play! Show us people working or playing – smiling faces and all – in the Essex National Heritage Area.
  • This Land is YOUR Land: Whether cruising along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, bicycling down the the Border to Boston Trail, enjoying local farms, parks, or trails, or taking to the water, this land is ours and there is nowhere else like it! Show us YOUR favorite places in the Essex National Heritage Area! On the back of your entry, please tell us WHY you love the place in your picture the most. 


Winners will be notified and announced by the end of December 2017. There will be up to fourteen (14) prizes awarded*:

  • Grand Prize (Best of Show): $200 Hunt’s Photo & Video Gift Certificate
  • People’s Choice Award (to be chosen by Essex Heritage Facebook followers): Gift Certificate to TBD local restaurant
  • First Prize (Each Category): $100 Hunt’s Photo & Video Gift Certificate
  • Second Prize (Each Category):  $50 Hunt’s Photo & Video Gift Certificate
  • Third Prize (Each Category): Passport® To Your National Parks: Explorer Edition from Waite & Peirce

Prizes for the 2017 Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest are generously contributed by Hunt's Photo & Video and Waite & Peirce.

The 2017 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.