Photo Contest

The City of Cleveland invites you to participate in the 2019 "Capture Cleveland" photography contest. This special event is intended to inspire Clevelanders to catch the best moments of living in Cleveland. Whether you are a serious photographer or someone who casually takes pictures as a hobby for Instagram, we invite you to participate in this contest. You must review the following rules, terms and conditions before submitting any pictures.


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The City of Cleveland's "Capture Cleveland" photo contest is open to all persons at least 18 years of age. Photographers under 18 years of age may participate in the "Capture Cleveland" photo contest with written permission from a parent of legal guardian. The contest is open all participants regardless of residence or citizenship, as long as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation.

If, for any reason, the "Capture Cleveland" photo contest is not capable of being completed as planned, the City of Cleveland reserves the right at its discretion to cancel, terminate, modify of suspend the photo contest.


Please include your entry form. If people are used in your photos please including the adult and/or minor release forms.

1. Entry Form
2. Adult Release Form
3. Minor Release Form

Participants can submit an unlimited number of photographs through social media, email or CD/USB. An entry form must be submitted to participate. A photo category needs to be selected for your picture(s): middle school student, high school/college student, arts/culture/community, outdoors/scenery, public safety and architecture. Print entries will NOT be accepted.

Participants can submit their pictures through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and using the hashtag #captureclevelandtn and by tagging the City of Cleveland.

Instagram handle: cityofclevelandtn
Facebook: City of Cleveland, TN Government
Twitter: Cleveland_TN

Participants can mail their data CDs/USB Drives with their pictures to the City of Cleveland. Photos must be accompanied with the contest entry form and picture release form. Only one form is required per participants.
participants can submit their digital copies via email. We encourage participants to submit as many picture as you like, but please keep emails under 19 MB in order to ensure your pictures are received. Participants can send multiple emails. Please use the format below.

Email subject line: Last Name _ First Name _ Entry Number of Number 

Cleveland Municipal Building
190 Church Street NE
Cleveland, TN 37311

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY June 30, 2019 by 5 pm (EST).


  • Participants must be at least 12 years old.
  • Pictures must be taken with the city limits of Cleveland.
  • Pictures must be in color.

Entries will judged based on creativity, photographic quality, uniqueness and effectiveness in demonstrating the quality of life in Cleveland. A judging panel will be selected to judge the entries. All contest decisions are final. Entries that do not comply with the official rules will be disqualified.


  1. Downtown Cleveland/Historic Buildings: historic buildings located in downtown, aerial shots, drone images etc.
  2. Culture and Community :public art, community and special events, festivals, children/adults enjoying recreational or sports activities, family picnics at a city park
  3. Nature/Parks and Recreation: wildlife, eclipse, sunset/sunrise, nature, community gardens, nature trails etc.

Judges will select the first place and runner-up photographs from each of the following categories: Downtown Cleveland/Historic Buildings, Culture & Community and Nature/Parks & Recreation.

First place winners from each category will receive $100 and the runner-up from each category will receive their picture framed.


We are looking for pictures that demonstrate why you enjoy working, living and playing in Cleveland. Pictures must have been taken within the last 12 months. Below are some ideas:

  • Your favorite Cleveland event
  • Public Art
  • Nature and scenery
  • Parks/Greenway
  • Local businesses, food or restaurants
  • Unique historic downtown architecture
  • Aerial images
  • Drone pictures of Cleveland

Digital entries must be in color photographs in JPEG format.

Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Do not submit a photo taken by someone other than yourself. Participants must be the sole owner of any copyright image submitted. Your photo submission and entry form is your guarantee that your are the author and copyright holder of the photo.


By entering this contest, you agree to all of the terms and conditions relating to this contest and you are responsible for understanding your rights.

By submitting an entry into the "Capture Cleveland" photo contest, you represent that your submission is an original work of authorship and that you own all right, title and interest in the entry as of the date of submission and that the submission does not infringe on the intellectual property rights of any third party, including but not limited to, copyrights or trademarks owned by others.

By submitting an entry into the "Capture Cleveland" photo contest, you also represent that your submission does not violate any privacy right of any other person. If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, in the case of a minor, from the minor's parent or legal guardian, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to the City of Cleveland upon request.

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the City of Cleveland and its officers, agents, employees and volunteers (the "Indemnified Parties") from and against all claims, damages, losses and expenses arising in connection with your participation in the contest and acceptance or use of a prize, including, without limitation any claims, damages, losses and expenses related to third-party claims of intellectual property infringement or violations of any personal privacy and/or publicity right. The Indemnified Parties are not liable for any costs, damages, injuries, or other claims incurred as a result of your participation in the contest or any winner's acceptance and usage of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not responsible for incomplete or misdirected entries, technical or network malfunctions or failures, or causes beyond their control. You are solely responsible for your entries. You may not submit material that introduce software viruses, worms or other programs designed to damage software, hardware or telecommunications equipment of are off-topic, partisan-political, contain advertising, nudity, personal attacks or expletives, or are otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, sexually explicit or that infringe on the rights of any third party.

By submitting an entry and participating in the "Capture Cleveland" photography contest, the entrant irrevocably transfers,grants, and assigns the City of Cleveland the right worldwide and in perpetuity to use the name, likeness, image and photographs, including any reproductions of same, in any and all media including, without limitation, use on the City of Cleveland's website and social media pages in connection with the contest and other promotions, for any advertising or promotional purposes without additional compensation, and releases the City of Cleveland from any liability with respect thereto.


Email Brian Moran or by phone at (423) 790-4990 for questions about the "Capture Cleveland" Photo Contest.