Storm over Lake Sakakwea
Geese in Flight Sculpture
Bike park in Pembina Gorge
Bison jam in TRNP
Walk in the Snow
Storm over Lake Sakakwea
Geese in Flight Sculpture
Bike park in Pembina Gorge
Bison jam in TRNP
Walk in the Snow

2020 North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest Kicks Off

The North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest for Travel and Tourism celebrates the talents of North Dakotans and the appeal of our wide-open spaces, where you can follow your curiosity, not the crowds. We ask that all photographers respect physical distancing, closures and executive orders in place while gathering imagery in this unprecedented time.

Gov. Doug Burgum and the North Dakota Tourism Division, in partnership with AAA of North Dakota and North Dakota Council on the Arts, are launching the 2020 North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest for Travel and Tourism. The contest is open through August 31, 2020.

Photographers can submit photos to one or more of the following categories: Road Trips, #InThisTogetherND, Wildlife, Badlands Scenery,  Beyond Badlands Scenery and Main Street ND. See the complete rules from the link below for category descriptions.

One winner will be selected in each category and a $200 cash prize will be awarded to the photographer of each selected photo. Additional honorable mentions may be selected in each category, with photographers receiving $50 and North Dakota merchandise. A Best in Show photo will be selected from the winning photographs, and the photographer will receive an additional $300 cash prize and a one-year basic membership to AAA.

In addition to the prize money:

  • Winning photographs will be published in North Dakota Tourism’s promotional materials and on Tourism's website.
  • Winning photographs will be eligible for display in AAA North Dakota branch offices and may be printed in AAA regional publications.
  • Winners also will be published in North Dakota Tourism’s newsletter and likely in future promotional publications and marketing efforts.
  • Winning photographs will be featured in a public display at the North Dakota Capitol building during the fourth quarter, through a partnership with North Dakota Council on the Arts.

Launched in 2004, the annual Governor’s Photo Contest has grown significantly since its beginnings. In its first year, the contest attracted more than 300 submissions. Approximately 10,900 photos have been submitted in the years since.

“The diversity found in North Dakota is captured each year in these unique and compelling photos,” North Dakota Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman said. “It is always fun to see the artistic talent that exists across the state and we love to share these fresh images to recruit new and returning visitors to North Dakota.”

Additional:

Judging of photos will take place within three weeks of the contest deadline. Winners will be notified via email and/or phone following judging with contest announcements and press releases to be distributed soon thereafter. Click here for complete details.

Professional and freelance photographers interested in working with North Dakota Tourism should contact Cassie Theurer at 701-328-5387 or [email protected]  in order to submit portfolios and samples.