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Visit Shawnee Photo Contest

Visit Shawnee (City of Shawnee’s Department of Tourism) invites photographers of all types to enter photographs that showcase the Shawnee area through engaging, full-color images that will inspire residents and visitors alike to find their next adventure in Shawnee!

Entries accepted June 4 - August 20, 2022

About this contest

Entry & Contest Timeline

Entries open on June 4, 2022 at 12 am and close on August 20, 2022 at 11:59 pm. Winners will be notified via email, as well as announced on Facebook and the Visit Shawnee website on September 7. Submissions must be made online at the form provided below. Photos received via other means will not be accepted.



Photographs will be judged by a panel of arts & culture leaders from the community, including tourism staff. All submitted photos will be used by the City of Shawnee and Visit Shawnee to promote Shawnee, Oklahoma via website, social media, printed materials, and more. The winner of each category will receive a $250 cash prize and gift basket of Shawnee merch! 



Each photographer who wishes to participate may enter up to one original photograph per category, of which they must own the full rights to.  The contest is open to all U.S. residents at least 18 years of age.  Staff, their family members, and elected officials of the City of Shawnee, OK are not eligible. Please read the full terms & conditions of the contest before completing the entry form below. 


Photo submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • A full-color, digital image that has not been significantly altered, with no watermarks.

  • Taken within a 15-mile radius of Shawnee, since January 2021.

  • Should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

  • If the image has been previously published, you must disclose when and where the photo appeared, and you must still retain non-exclusive rights to the material.

  • Collages are not eligible in this contest.

  • Drone photography is accepted.



Every photo entered should fall into one of these four categories. You may submit the same photo in more than one category, but only one photo per category. 

  • The Great Outdoors: Feature outdoor activities, landscapes, botanical photos, etc.

  • Indoor Fun: Depict destinations and activities which can be enjoyed indoors within the Shawnee area, including but not limited to shopping, dining, and play.

  • Festivals & Events: Showcase structures, amenities, activities, and persons at a public event that takes place in the Shawnee area.

  • People Enjoying Shawnee, OK: Feature people enjoying an activity or scene that is available for the general public in the Shawnee area. Photos depicting diverse persons, including by age, gender, and ethnicity are encouraged. These photos may be organic or posed.

All questions regarding Visit Shawnee’s 2022 Find Your Adventure Photo Contest should be directed to the Tourism Department by emailing!

Two young girls are standing in the splash zone covering their eyes as the giant bucket of water dumps on them from above at the waterpark.  Photo by Sara Burk

People Enjoying Shawnee

A pink and blue sunset over a reflective Twin Lakes, with a silhouetted fishing dock at right. Photo by Brooke Oliver .

The Great


A white marble bust sits in the middle of a long hallway with parquet flooring and deep red walls, flanked on either side by classic oil paintings.



Smoke and lights stream up for a darkened stage, where a four piece band plays rock and roll.


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About Visit Shawnee

Visit Shawnee is the City of Shawnee, OK's Department of Tourism. We love to welcome new & familiar visitors to our town year-round! In Summer 2021, we opened our new Welcome Center facility just north of OBU.

Visit Shawnee works closely with regional and state partners along with local businesses to bring the most value to Shawnee through the travel industry. We represent Shawnee on a national stage, enticing would-be visitors to stay the night in our city and visit our museums, restaurants, shops, lake, and other destinations. We also work directly with event organizers and film producers to base their projects here. 

A visitor's center with large glass windows and brick columns with a large pink-lettered sign reads "Visit Shawnee".
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