The 2018 photo contest has ended. Check back soon for information on the winners.

Enter Our Contest and You Just May Win a Great Prize!

Visit Benicia invites you to participate in our Annual Digital Photo Contest.

We are looking for striking digital images to celebrate your Benicia experience!

Your images should highlight the beauty, fun, adventure, history and charm of Benicia.


Shopping/Dining — Enjoying the special shopping and dining available in Benicia

History — Enjoying sites and buildings in Benicia

Arts — Highlighting public art and art events in Benicia

Scenic/Fun — Highlight the beautiful scenery and fun activities in Benicia


Grand Prize — 250 Downtown Dollars*

First Place (each category) — 100 Downtown Dollars*

Second Place (each category) — 50 Downtown Dollars*

* Downtown Dollars spend just like cash in more than 70 Benicia locations!

Contest Deadline: December 31, 2018

Photos must be taken in Benicia and should be at least 2MB in size.

Check out examples of photo entries on Instragram.

Don’t see your photo entry? It might be saved for use in a special project. Stay tuned.

The Fine Print

How to Enter

  • Complete the upload form and agree to the terms of the contest
  • Photo entry must be at least 2MB (max 6MB); must be JPG or PNG format
  • Photographs may be in either black and white or color
  • Photos may be either in vertical or horizontal format, but horizontal is preferred.

Judging Criteria

  • Photographs should depict landscapes, art, activities, people, buildings, plants, animals, or events in Benicia
  • Minor digital enhancements for cropping, red‐eye removal, filters, corrective functions, and legitimate manipulations such as burning or dodging, brightness and contrast, color adjustments, saturation, stitching and cropping are permitted. In cases where a photograph is considered “digital art”, the image may not be considered. Entrants shall not place borders or frames around their images, or place watermarks, signatures, dates, or copyright notices on their images.
  • Photos will be judged by members of the City of Benicia, Office of Economic Development Tourism Committee and Visit Benicia staff. All decisions are final.


The Really Fine Print

Photo Contest Terms

By submitting a photo, you agree that you own or have the necessary rights to all copyrights or other proprietary rights in your photos. You agree that any person appearing in your photo has given permission for their image to be used. You agree that you are 18 years of age or older. You agree to give the City of Benicia and Visit Benicia an immediate, permanent, irrevocable, royalty‐free, non‐exclusive license lasting for the full term of any copyrights in the photograph, including extensions, to edit, publish, distribute, and otherwise use the submitted photograph in any way, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any purpose without credit to the photographer or owner. Employees of the City of Benicia, Office of Economic Development and their families, members of the City of Benicia Tourism Committee and their families, and employees of contracted public relations firm and their families may enter but are not eligible to win.