Photo Contest

Submit your photo for the Winter 2022 contest!

WINTER THEME: Santa Clarita’s Hidden Gems 

Where are your favorite places to explore in the City of Santa Clarita? Whether it’s your local park, favorite store or place to go for fun with friends, simply take a picture while you’re there and submit it for a chance to win a cash prize! 

Remember – all photos must be of locations within Santa Clarita City Limits. Submissions with locations that are clearly not in the City will be rejected. Additionally, screenshots will not be accepted. 

The Santa Clarita Photo Contest is held to provide an opportunity for photographers of all skill levels to share their perspective of the Santa Clarita community and culture.


The top three photos chosen by a panel of judges will win cash prizes:

1st Place = $300
2nd Place = $150
3rd Place = $50


Contest closes January 10, 2023.

Only one entry per photographer will be accepted each quarter.


You do not need a Facebook account to enter.

Tip: Please upload full-size image at the highest possible quality. Winning images should be 4 to 9 MB in size.

View Official Rules / FAQs


Enter the
Photo Contest!

Entry form is located on Facebook,
but you do not need a Facebook account to enter.

View Past Winners

View all past entries on Flickr


Do I need to have a Facebook account to enter?
No. The contest is run through Facebook, but you do not need to have an account or log into Facebook to enter.  All you need is a valid email address.

Can minors enter the contest?
You must be at least 18 years old to enter.  Minors are welcome to have an adult enter a photo on their behalf, but the name on the entry form and the prize recipient must be an adult.

When are the winners chosen?
Winners are selected approximately 2 weeks after the contest closes.  The next quarterly contest opens while winners from the previous contest are still being selected.

Who votes for the winners?
Winners are selected by a panel of judges comprised of City staff, all of whom have experience in photography, design and/or marketing.

How long does it take to receive my prize?
Approximately 6 weeks. Winners will be contacted via email within 2 weeks after the contest closes. Once W-9s are received from the winners, checks will be mailed to the winners’ addresses within another 2-4 weeks.

Do I need to report these winnings on my taxes?
Only if you receive more than $600 from the City in a single calendar year.  In this case, you will receive a 1099 from the City at the end of the year, and you are required to report that amount.


eligibility is at the discretion of City staff. Contestants must be at least 18 years of age. Minors are welcome to have a parent or guardian enter photos on their behalf.

Winners will be required to provide a W-9 form to receive prize.

submitting photo(s) (PHOTO) to the City of Santa Clarita (CITY) and
participating in the City of Santa Clarita Photo Contest I (we),
(CONTESTANT), hereby warrant and agree to the following:

warrants to CITY that he/she has lawful ownership rights to the PHOTO
and acknowledges that once submitted, the PHOTO becomes the property
of the CITY.

The PHOTO is the result of CONTESTANT’S sole
artistic efforts unless otherwise stated above as a

Except as otherwise disclosed in writing to
CITY, the PHOTO is unique and original and does not infringe upon any
copyright or patent.

The PHOTO is free and clear of any lien.
Except for title and possession, pursuant to the Copyright Act of
1976 (17 U.S.C. §101 et seq.), CONTESTANT will retain the copyright
and all other rights in and to the PHOTO. The CONTESTANT grants to
CITY an irrevocable and non-exclusive worldwide license to reproduce,
to distribute, and/or to display two- or three-dimensional
reproductions of the PHOTO in any manner whatsoever relating to any
CITY publication or event, including, without limitation:

display as well as reproduction on CITY items, such as print ads,
postcards, posters, brochures, applications, television programs and
the City website.

In addition the CITY will include
CONTESTANT’S name somewhere on the document or website where the
photo is used.

The CITY may alter images of the PHOTO as
necessary to fit into reduced or enlarged format sizes.

CITY may use the PHOTO on CITY merchandise and commercial items which
may be sold for fundraising purposes.

to 17 U.S.C. § 106A(3) and only to the extent that this Agreement
differs, CONTESTANT expressly waives any rights that the he/she may
have under Cal. Civ. Code § 987 or 17 U.S.C. §§ 101 et seq.,
including, without limitation, 17 U.S.C. §§ 106, 106A, and 113, or
any successor statute(s) or regulation(s).


agrees to release CITY, its agents, officials, employees, and
volunteers from and against all liability, including copyright or
patent infringement claims or causes of action, arising out of this
Agreement and claims arising from CONTESTANT’S participation in the
City of Santa Clarita Photo Contest. CONTESTANT agrees to defend
(with counsel satisfactory to CITY), indemnify and hold City harmless
and free from all liability, whether caused by passive negligence or
otherwise, arising out of CONTESTANT’S participation or association
with the City of Santa Clarita Photo Contest. CONTESTANT agrees to
pay all costs incident to any claim, including, without limitation,
attorneys’ fees. I agree that the above information is correct. I
further agree that this agreement is intended to be as broad and
inclusive as is permitted by the law of the State of California.

Terry Collier

Kristin Conrad

Mia Zearly

Susie Ledadom

Greg Ronchetto

Gary Yim