2024 Photo Competition Rules

All submissions, regardless of original format, must be submitted online as high-quality JPEGs. Submit your JPEGs by Friday, November 15, 2024 by midnight. Each photograph must be entered with a separate application form.


Entrants must submit their photographs into the categories that best fits the scope of each individual image. Each photograph may only be assigned one category. Judges have the right to move an image from one category to another. Regardless of category, please let us know in what AVIS Reservation the image was taken.

  • Novice Eye (Ages 7-15)
  • Abstracts or Details
  • Landscape & Rivers
  • Plants & Flowers
  • Birds, Bees & Wildlife
  • Black and White
  • AVIS Works (trail work, boardwalks, invasive removal, Scout projects, etc.)

Digital Alterations & Screen Captures

Photographs submitted must be the artist's original work and under their sole ownership. Any screen captures of images will not be accepted, including screen captures of images from social media platforms.

Photo editing apps and programs such as Photoshop and Lightroom may be used to enhance original photographs. Digital scans, stock, image downloads, composite images or word generated AI images may not be used.

Photographs that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. If requested by the judging team, you will be required to provide the original image file so they can determine if the changes to an image are significant enough to disqualify an entry.

People in Nature

If there are people in your image, a signed “Model Release” from any recognizable person in your images is required, and you must submit an image of the signed release(s) along with your entry.

Download Consent form here.

Image Size & File Type

  • Up to 3 entries per person are permitted (separate entry required for each image).
  • Entries should have a minimum size of 10 inches on the longest edge at 150 DPI for judging submission.
  • There is a maximum file size of 12MB.
  • Entries should be submitted as JPEG files.
  • No borders or watermarks.
  • Keep a copy of your entry at higher resolution in case your work is selected for exhibition.
  • If you have people in your image, please enter an image of your signed consent form(s).
You do not need to rename your files. We will randomly assign a name to each entry.

Entry Fee

The Entry Fee is US $15 per image. Up to 3 entries per person are permitted. Entries in the “Novice Eye” category are free.


One Grand Prize winner will be awarded a $150 prize. One First Place winner will be awarded to each category. These winners will win a $75 prize. Additional honorable mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the judges.

Can I enter images that have been entered in other competitions?

Yes – as long as they were not previously published or selected as a winning photograph in another competition.


Photographs will be selected on originality, creativity, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. Your job is to impress the judges. Entries will be randomly ordered for review by the judging panel, and judging of all submitted photos will be anonymous.

Winning entries will be published on our website and social media channels.


The photographer retains full copyright of each entry to the contest. All photographs will be credited with the caption "© Person's Name."

Display Requirements

If we have the opportunity to display the winning entries within Andover in the future: Winning Exhibitor must prepare photograph for display. All entries should be: Printed, matted and framed at a minimum in a 16” x 20” frame (which are easy to purchase and relatively inexpensive). Images can be any size. We can help answer any questions on how best to do this when the time comes. Label the following information on back of the framed print: exhibitor name, email, entry category, photograph orientation (vertical/horizontal), and photographer city and state.

AVIS is not responsible for damage or loss of any photograph.


Email: arwgilbert@gmail.com with “AVIS Photo Contest” in subject line.

About AVIS

Founded in 1894 as The Andover Village Improvement Society, AVIS is one of the oldest land conservation organizations in the country. AVIS manages more than 30 reservations comprising more than 1,200 acres in the Town of Andover. It relies on a corps of volunteers to lead the organization and to provide maintenance of its recreational trails and stewardship for the land and its wildlife habitat. Donations from community members and grant sources provide the funds to acquire, protect and manage its reservations.


By entering the competition, you agree to participate in related publicity and to use your name and likeness for the purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity in connection with the competition without additional compensation.

By submitting images to the Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS) photo contest (hereafter referred to as "the photo contest"), participants agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless AVIS, its respective subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents and representatives, from any and all third party liability for any injuries, losses, claims, actions, demands or damages of any kind arising from or in connection with the photo contest (collectively, "Losses"), including without limitation any third party claim for copyright infringement or a violation of an individual’s right to privacy and/or publicity right or damage to the photograph(s).

AVIS is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the photo contest, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions to the photo contest, including but not limited to any misprints or typographical errors. AVIS assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries.