Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest

You are invited to enter the Palo Alto Weekly's 22nd Annual Photo Contest, open to adults and youth living, working or going to school in the Palo Alto area.

Sponsored by the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online, University Art and the Palo Alto Art Center, the contest deadline is January 3, 2014 and winners will be announced in early March, 2014.

You're invited to enter your work for judging in three distinct categories: Portraits, Bay Area Images, and Views Beyond the Bay. First place winning photos will be published in the Palo Alto Weekly and prizes will be given to the top three winners in each category.

A reception and exhibit will be held in early March at the Palo Alto Art Center.


1. The contest is open to anyone who lives, works, or attends school full time in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Woodside, Atherton, Stanford, Portola Valley, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and East Palo Alto. Palo Alto Weekly employees, freelancers, sponsors and their employees and relatives are not eligible.

2. The contest offers three categories:
Portraits: Limited to portraits of people as subjects.
Bay Area Images: Photographs taken in the greater Bay Area of local people, places, or things as subjects.
Views Beyond the Bay: All other photographs--pictures taken around the state, country, or during travel abroad. May also include photos that do not fit into either of the two categories above. May reflect a variety of subjects.
Judges will use their discretion as to whether an image needs to be recategorized. All judges' decisions are final. There are two judging divisions: Adult and Youth (under 17 as of 1/3/14). Prizes include cash and gift certificates redeemable at local businesses.

3. $25 entry fee per submission. Youth (17 and under) entry fee is $15. Limit of one entry per category. Submit entry form and pay fees online through our Eventbrite form below.

4. Photographs must be submitted in digital format via email after receiving payment receipt from Eventbrite by replying to the receipt email and attaching the image. Scans of non-digital photographs will be accepted. All entries must be submitted as RGB files at a dimension of at least 1,600 pixels wide (if it is horizontal) or 1,600 pixels tall (if it is vertical), and saved at the maximum quality. Each photo file must not exceed 5MB in size and must be in JPEG format.

5. All submissions are due by January 3, 2014.

For more information call Miranda Chatfield at 650/223-6559 or e-mail

By submitting your entry and paying your entry fee, you agree that the photograph(s) you are entering is(are) your original work and was(were) taken in the past five (5) years. You acknowledge that you are granting the Palo Alto Weekly non-exclusive rights to publish and display your entry in both print and online.


Photographs will be judged in adult and youth (under age 17) divisions for each category. Judges will select 1st through 3rd place winners. All cash and gift certificate prizes are non-refundable.

1st place $300 cash, $100 gift certificate to University Art, one-year membership to Palo Alto Art Center
2nd place $200 cash, $75 gift certificate to University Art, one-year membership to Palo Alto Art Center
3rd place $100 cash, $50 gift certificate to University Art, one-year membership to Palo Alto Art Center

1st place $100 cash, $25 gift certificate to University Art
2nd place $75 cash, $25 gift certificate to University Art
3rd place $50 cash, $25 gift certificate to University Art

Entry Form


Veronica Weber
Veronica Weber, a Los Angeles native, first began working at the Palo Alto Weekly in 2006 as a photography intern. Following the internship, she was a photographer for the Almanac in Menlo Park. She is currently the Weekly staff photographer responsible for covering daily assignments and producing video and multimedia projects for She has a BA in Journalism from San Francisco State University.

Angela Buenning Filo
Angela Buenning Filo, a Palo Alto resident, photographs changing landscapes, most recently focusing on Silicon Valley and Bangalore, India, during their respective tech booms. Her photographs are in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and were included in the book "Suburban Escape: The Art of California Sprawl." Her installation titled "1,737 Trees," focusing on one of the last orchards in Silicon Valley, is on permanent display in the lobby of the San Jose City Hall.

David Hibbard
David Hibbard is a landscape photographer and writer based in Menlo Park. He has had several solo exhibitions of his work in the Bay Area and his photographs have been featured in Color magazine. His current project is a book length memoir on how his childhood experiences with defective vision led him to art: first to drawing and painting and eventually to photography. His website can be viewed at

Brigitte Carnochan
Briggite Carnochan's photographs have been exhibited at galleries and museums nationally and internationally and has recently been featured on the covers of Lenswork, Camera Arts and Silvershotz and in Color, View Camera, Black and White UK, Frankfurter Allgemaine Zeitung, and Zoom magazines. Her exhibition: "Natural Beauty—Platinum/Palldium Nudes and Botanicals", will be on display at Modernbook gallery starting December 2013.


Past Photo Contest Winners

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