How to Enter Our Photo Contest

The 2021 Summer Photo Contest organized by The Stand newspaper is underway and will continue to accept photo entrees until midnight Aug. 1.

“Last year, because of COVID-19 restrictions, we rethought our annual Photo Walk plans,”  said Ashley Kang, director of the project. “I still wanted to find a way to capture this moment and how life continued in the city despite the pandemic. Thus we offered our first Photo Contest as a way to still collect images and document this truly unique moment.”

Volunteers and participants responded favorably to the contest, as well as the final reveal of winning images showcased large and proud downtown as part of the Urban Video Project (UVP).

Ruthie Angrand, communications director for the city of Syracuse and one of four photo judges this year, says for her The Stand’s annual Photo Walk is a way to showcase every aspect of the city, especially neighborhoods not often featured on a city website or visitors guide.

“There’s so many photos of downtown when you google Syracuse. It’s really nice to have images that show people, the diversity of the neighborhoods, the architecture… Every experience, every house, every person in Syracuse looks different, but we’re all part of this cool city,” Angrand said.

This is the goal of our Photo Contest. Entries are accepted in four categories, and you may submit up to two images in each category for a chance to be top pick and win prizes. Images must be taken this summer and within Syracuse city limits.

Contest categories include: 

     • Street Life — A shot that best captures an activity or summer life from a Syracuse neighborhood

     • Architecture — Capture our city’s angles, from Neoclassical Styles to the Arts & Crafts movement

     • Portrait — A shot of the many faces of those who call Syracuse home

     • Scenic — Capture Syracuse’s essence from a new vantage point 

Prizes include:

     • 1st Place: $200 Cash

     • 2nd Place: One-year membership to Light Work & subscription to Contact Sheet

     • 3rd Place: $75 gift certificate to Wildflowers Armory

     • 4th Place: $50 in market money to Salt City Market

This year’s winning images will be displayed again by the Urban Video Project from Aug. 22 through 25, downtown on the side of the Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St.

Select images will also be published in the September issue of The Stand, online and possibly used in official city materials  — an even greater platform to celebrate all parts of the city. The UVP exhibit will be up starting at dusk Sunday, Aug. 22 through 25, projected downtown on the side of The Everson Museum.

If you have further questions on how to enter, email

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