Photography Contest

2023 Arts and Humanities Commission Photography Contest

To view the winning entries of the 2023 Photography Contest, please click here.

To encourage participation in the artistic life of the Rowlett community, the Arts and Humanities Commission sponsors an annual photography contest.  The contest is open to everyone in the Lake Ray Hubbard area.  Professionals, amateurs and people of all ages are encouraged to submit up to four photographs taken within one year of the contest deadline.  Entries are judged by a professional photographer, with cash prizes awarded to first place winners in each of the four categories (people, places, things, and phones), as well as for best of show.  One entry allowed per participant per category and all works are presented anonymously for judging. 

THEME: "Into the Unknown"


  • People:   Children, students, politicians, citizens, etc.
  • Places:    Lake, library, community center, buildings, DART, Bush Turnpike, etc.
  • Things:    Boats, automobiles, artwork, nature, bridges, etc.  
  • Phones: Subject matter must be related to the theme. All guidelines apply except the image size must be 4”x6”. 


  • No more than four (4) entries per person
  • Photos must have been taken within one (1) year of contest deadline
  • Image size cannot be larger than 8” x 10” maximum, phone image size must be 4”x6” for integrity purposes. 
  • Entries must be on a 2” black mafte (LARGER MATTES AND FRAMED PHOTOS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED) phone

    image size must be on a 3.5” x 5.5” black cardstock backing

  • Entries may be color or black and white
  • Each photo must have an Entry Information form taped to the back. The Entry Information form is attached to the entry form.
  • Click here for additional contest information and entry form


  • First Place awarded in each Category $150 and Best of Show $200
  • Ribbons for Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention
  • Cash awards presented to First Place and Best of Show winners at a City Council meeting.
  • Publicized on the City of Rowlett Arts and Humanities Commission social media. 


  • Friday, August 18 from 3 – 5 p.m. or Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Location – Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main Street, Suite 200, Rowlett, TX 75088


  • Friday, September 15 from 3 – 5 p.m. or Saturday, September 16 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Location – Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main Street, Suite 200, Rowlett, TX 75088


Winning entries from the 2022 Photography Contest may be viewed here.