2016's Contest is now over - stayed tuned for details for 2017, and visit San Jose City Hall Rotunda to view the winners from this year, through March 2017.

Purpose:  Help Capture the Uniqueness and Diversity that IS San Jose!

Continuing the annual tradition, History San José will be accepting submissions for the 2016 Photo Competition, This IS San Jose.  There are several benefits to this contest including:

  • Promotes the uniqueness and diversity that is San Jose 
  • Supports the photographic arts and artists 
  • Helps contest winners build their photographic portfolio and resume
  • Documents each of the ten (10) districts with recent photographs for preservation for future generations

There are many ways for artists to participate - through our Kick-off Instagram Contest and then using any camera format for the Juried Photography Exhibit.

Instagram Kick-Off Contest - Starts May 20 Thru September 23, 2016

Instagram contest begins May 20, 2016. Use @thisissanjose and the district number where the photo was taken (e.g., for District 1, use #district1; for District 10, use #district10, etc.) with your mobile device. District map can be found at San Jose Council Districts. 1, 2, 3. Honorable Mention winners will be automatically entered in the General Photo Contest.

Juried Photography Exhibit - Starts July 1 thru September 30, 2016

Juried photography exhibit begins June 20th and is open to all types of cameras and levels of ability (professional, non-professional or student under 18). Submissions for the primary exhibit need to be made before September 9th at contest@thisissanjose.com. Include your name, category (professional (earn over 50% from photography), non-professional or student under age 18), district taken, and your photograph in jpg document format. 

All winning entries from all districts will be displayed in the San Jose City Hall Rotunda from October through December 2016, with an awards reception at San Jose City Hall Rotunda on October 27, 2016 from 5:30p - 7:30pm. 

Winners will also be included in an upcoming issue of Content Magazine.


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