Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau

Charlottesville, July 26, 2016 – The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today a lucrative summer photography contest designed to identify the most captivating pictures of both Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The ‘Capture Charlottesville and Albemarle’ Photography Contest asks visitors and local photographers to share their most captivating snapshots of the area and compete for one of three cash prizes. The grand-prize winner will receive $1000, with $500 and $250 prizes going to two runner-up participants. The CACVB invites both amateur and professional photographers to submit their best entries. Winners will be announced in early October 2016.

Photos submitted to the contest are to be used in CACVB world-wide marketing collateral, websites, advertising, media-kits, posters, tradeshows, and for any use promoting Charlottesville and Albemarle County. While the CACVB will gain rights to use submitted pictures, photographers will keep the copyright of their submitted photos. As an organization

designed to market the Charlottesville / Albemarle area, the CACVB encourages photographers to share their photos and promote Central Virginia’s beauty on social media using the hashtag #capturecville even after the photos have been submitted. Entries should be photographs that help promote this area as a tourist destination. Suggested categories for entries include:

•     Landscapes

•     City Life

•     Architecture

•     Weddings

•     Culture / Dining / Shopping / Night Life / Events / Education

•     Recreation / Relaxation / Sport

•     Agriculture / Viticulture

•     Community / Family / Friends (in a recognizable location)

“Our area is known for its stunning landscapes, distinctive architecture and unique seasons. We created this contest to invite photographers to capture all that we have to offer” said Kurt Burkhart, Executive Director of the CACVB.  He continued, “We hope the generous prize money will encourage everyone from high school students, to professionals, to past or current visitors and all the way to retirees to dig into their hard drives and submit their best shots. We are excited to see what spectacular pictures come into our mailbox, and we are even more excited to share those shots with the world.”

Director of Sales & Marketing of the CACVB, Brigitte Bélanger-Warner, adds: “We welcome all photos that tell the story of how unique and wonderful the Charlottesville / Albemarle area is as a destination. Images of locals and visitors enjoying the best that our city and county have to offer, such as our parks, foodie spots, downtown areas and attractions are invaluable tools to entice potential visitors to come to Charlottesville.”

Full contest rules and details can be found at Along with a completed entry form found at the above link, photos can be submitted via e-mail at the following address:

The contest is currently underway and photos can be submitted immediately.

Deadline to Submit Photos is September 16, 2016