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CACVB Announces the
‘Capture Charlottesville and Albemarle'
Photography Contest

Deadline to Submit Photos is April 20

Friday, February 19, 2012 - The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today a lucrative photography contest designed to identify the most captivating pictures of both Charlottesville and Albemarle County.  The ‘Capture Charlottesville and Albemarle' Photography Contest asks visitors and local photographers to share their most captivating snapshots of the area and compete for one of the five $100 runner-up prizes and $1,000 grand prize. The CACVB invites both amateur and professional photographers to submit entries. Winners will be announced at the CACVB's annual Tourism Awards event in May 2014. 

Photos submitted to the contest are to be used in CACVB world-wide marketing collateral, websites, advertising, media-kits, posters, tradeshows, and for any use promoting Charlottesville and Albemarle County.  While the CACVB will gain rights to use submitted pictures, photographers will keep the copyright of their submitted photos.  As an organization designed to market the Charlottesville / Albemarle area, the CACVB encourages photographers to share their photos and promote Central Virginia's beauty even after the photos have been submitted.    We are looking for photos in the following areas, with a particular emphasis on winter and spring scenes:

  • Landscapes
  • City Life
  • Architecture
  • Weddings
  • Culture / Dining / Shopping / Night Life / Events / Education
  • Recreation / Relaxation / Sport
  • Agriculture / Viticulture
  • Community / Family / Friends

"Our area is known for its stunning landscapes, distinctive architecture and unique seasons.  We created this contest to invite photographers to capture all that we have to offer" said Kurt Burkhart, Executive Director of the CACVB.  He continued, "We hope the generous prize money will encourage everyone from high school students, to professionals, to past or current visitors and all the way to retirees to dig into their hard drives and submit their best shots.  We are excited to see what spectacular pictures come into our mailbox, and we are even more excited to share those shots with the world."

Director of Sales & Marketing of the CACVB, Brigitte Bélanger-Warner, adds: "We welcome all photos that tell the story of how unique and wonderful the Charlottesville / Albemarle area is as a destination.  Images of locals and visitors enjoying the best that our city and county have to offer, such as our parks, foodie spots, downtown areas and attractions are invaluable tools to entice potential visitors to come to Charlottesville."

Full contest rules and details can be found at .  Along with a completed entry form found at the above link, photos can be submitted three ways:


1) Digitally to  

2) On a data cd mailed to the CACVB (PO Box 178, Charlottesville, VA 22902)

3) Dropped off at the CACVB offices at 610 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

The contest is currently underway and photos can be submitted immediately.


About the CACVB
In addition to providing a wealth of information on the area to individual visitors, the CACVB assists tour operators, meeting planners, reunions and other groups to find attractions, restaurants, hotels, and other visitor related businesses. Its mission is "to enhance the economic prosperity of City and County by promoting, selling and marketing the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle, as a destination, in pursuit of the meetings and tourism markets."