Photography Contest

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Dust off your tripod and polish your lenses—we’re launching an amateur photography contest! Look for staff photography on display in our libraries towards the end of December and photography classes throughout January to help get your creative juices flowing. Stay tuned to our website and social media for future announcements.Photography

Photo Contest Rules, Prizes, and Deadlines

Photo Contest Entry Form

Photo Release Form


Age Groups


Ages 18+.

Important Dates -- Adults:
January 24: Submissions start
February 17: Entry deadline 11:59pm
February 24: Exhibit 3-5pm
February 26: Online voting starts
March 7: Online voting ends
March 14: Winners announced


Ages 14-17 (or 18 if not yet a high school graduate).

Important Dates -- Teens:
February 19: Submissions start
March 14: Entry deadline 11:59pm
March 17: Exhibit 3-5pm
March 19: Online voting starts
March 28: Online voting ends
April 4: Winners announced



Mesa Views: photos that are taken in or related to Mesa. They can be photos of places, people, events, or symbols that embody Mesa, Arizona.

A Different Perspective: photos that show us something in a new way such as from a different point of view or vantage point.



Entrants must submit both a digital and print copy of their photograph. Further submission information and rules are outlined in these documents:

Photo Contest Rules, Prizes, and Deadlines

Photo Contest Entry Form

Photo Release Form

Questions regarding the contest? Email


Photography Contest Entry Exhibits

Semi-finalists will be determined partially by popular vote. Cast your vote online or in person at one of these exhibits!

Exhibit of Adult Entries
Sat | Feb 24 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm | Main Library
Sat | Feb 24 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm | Red Mountain Library
Sat | Feb 24 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm | Dobson Ranch Library

Exhibit of Teen Entries
Sat | Mar 17 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm | Main Library
Sat | Mar 17 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm | Red Mountain Library
Sat | Mar 17 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm | Dobson Ranch Library


Photography Classes

Introduction to Digital Photography
Tues | Jan 9 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm | MN
Thurs | Jan 11 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm | DR
This class will explain the basic terms and operation of digital cameras. Composition and other tips for camera selection and photography will be included. Q&A session included. Presented by photographer Jerry Burch.

Photographic Design Principles
Thurs | Jan 25 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm | MN
Learn the basic principles of taking a professional-quality photo. All skill level photographers and camera types are welcome. Presented by local expert and Mesa Community College professor Tom Klare.

Take Beautiful Photos with any Camera
Sat | Jan 27 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm | RM
You don’t need a fancy camera to take incredible photos. This hands-on workshop will teach you several simple techniques, which we will then put into practice around the library. Bring your camera to class: point and shoot, DSLR, tablet, smartphone, etc.