PEC Accepting Annual Photo Contest Submissions Through Sept. 30

Hugh Kenny, Multimedia Communications Specialist
The Piedmont Environmental Council; 540-347-2334, x7024

Virginia Piedmont, VA. (Sept. 13, 2021) – Now through September 30, professional and amateur photographers alike are invited to submit their best images of the beautiful Virginia Piedmont in The Piedmont Environmental Council’s 11th Annual Photo Contest.

This year’s photo categories are: Beautiful Landscapes, Native Plants and Wildlife, People and Places, and a Youth Category just for photographers 17 years old and younger. Youth Category images can be of landscapes, streetscapes, wildlife, farms, waterways, or anything connected to the environment here in the Piedmont. All image submissions must be taken within Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock counties. Photographers can submit up to six images in each category.

“At PEC, we work to connect people to the landscapes, communities and history of Virginia’s Piedmont. The beautiful images that local photographers submit into this contest each year help tell important stories and allow people to connect to this wonderful place in new and exciting ways,” said Hugh Kenny, PEC’s multimedia communications specialist and contest coordinator.

PEC judges will select finalists in each category and then open up judging to the public to determine the winners. All finalists will receive a one-year PEC membership and have their work featured in PEC’s upcoming online and print publications. Winners in each adult category will receive a $75 gift certificate to a nearby restaurant participating in PEC’s “Buy Fresh Buy Local” program. The Youth Category winner will receive their choice of a $75 gift card iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon.

Finalists will be announced in October, and winners and runners-up in each category will then be determined by a public online vote. For contest details and instructions, visit For questions about the contest, photographers should contact Hugh Kenny at

2020 photo contest winners were:

  • Beautiful Landscapes & Streetscapes: “Brambleton Barn Sunset” by Chris Hamilton of Brambleton, VA
  • Native Plants and Wildlife: “ZZZ” by Matt Huntley of Fredericksburg, VA
  • Wonderful Waters: “Beaver Creek Nuclear Sunset” by Cass Girvin of Charlottesville, VA
  • Youth: “Two Fox Kits” by Alana Mauritzen of Aldie, VA


Since 1972, The Piedmont Environmental Council has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to conserve land, improve air and water quality and build thriving communities. PEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and accredited land trust. Learn more at