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2022 Find Your Adventure Photo Contest

Updated: Jan 24

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!

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 at 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.

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.

For questions about the contest, email Erica at!


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