Trees Among Us Photo Contest

The contest term for the 2020 Trees Among Us Photo Contest is from 8:00 am on February 6, 2020 to midnight on April 3, 2020. Please read the following rules carefully.

Who can enter the contest?

The Trees Among Us Photo Contest is open to all photographers of any age. Your entry in the contest constitutes your agreement to allow your photographs – and your name, city, state of residence (school and grade for youth participants) – to be published as award winners, or used on websites or in printed and promotional materials owned and/or produced by Texas Trees Foundation or the City of Dallas, co-sponsors of the 2020 Trees Among Us Photo Contest. All submitted photographs may be used to promote the work of the Texas Trees Foundation, for the Urban Forest Master Plan, in the plan document itself, and for display purposes in our offices or at the City of Dallas offices.

The Urban Forest Master Plan, a collaborative effort between Texas Trees Foundation, City of Dallas and Davey Resource Group, will serve as a road map for us to proactively manage and grow Dallas’ tree canopy. It will provide a shared vision for the City’s urban forest, identifying actions, strategies and clear goals to preserve and maintain it. Click here for more information on the plan or take the Dallas Urban Forest Master Plan Community Survey.

What division should you enter?

Photographers must enter their images in one of the following divisions:

Pro– Photographers whose income depends on photography and/or if the photographer considers himself qualified to compete in the Pro Category.

Amateur– Beginning or amateur photographers at least 18 years of age or experienced photographers who do not receive a major part of their income from photography.

Youth– Beginning or intermediate photographers aged 17 years or under.

When is the submission period?

Deadline for submitting the entry is April 3, 2020. Online entries can be uploaded starting on February 6, 2020 at 8:00 am and must be uploaded no later than midnight April 3, 2020. Photos taken between November 1, 2019 and April 3, 2020 are eligible for submission. The term of the contest submission period is February 10 through April 3, 2020.

How do you enter the contest?

Each participant may submit up to two (2) photographs. These submissions should be made at the online form below. The maximum file size for each photo is 10MB, however, it is recommended that your file be at least 4 MB. Accepted include types: jpeg, jpg, gif.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for inspiring images of trees taken inside the city limits of Dallas, Texas. These photographs should represent the spirit of Trees Among Us Photo Contest: portraying the connection between trees and people.

These images may show a single tree or a variety of trees, but should highlight trees primarily in urban settings, not in forest environments. While humans do not necessarily have to be included in the photograph, it should highlight how trees greatly improve the lives of humans.

Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit.

A photographer is permitted to upload a maximum of two (2) photos total.

What are the prizes?

Prizes will be awarded to winning images for the Pro, Amateur and Youth divisions. The winners and honorable mention will be determined at the judges’ discretion. However, Texas Trees Foundation and City of Dallas shall have the right to verify, in their sole judgement, winner eligibility.

A selection of winning photos will appear on the Urban Forestry Master Plan page of the Texas Trees Foundation’s, the City of Dallas’ or other sponsors’ websites.

How will the submissions be judged?

A panel of professionals well versed in the category of photography will judge the contest.

Contest Prize Schedule

1st Place – $100 Amazon Gift Card

2nd Place – $50 Amazon Gift Card

3rd Place – $25 Amazon Gift Card

Honorable Mention – Recognition on the Texas Trees Foundation website and promotional material

Photo Location Ideas


Snap a photo in one of your favorite parks in Dallas, whether it be a small neighborhood park with a few benches, or a massive oasis that allows you to bike through it for miles. In any case, the key is to showcase tree(s) being used for pleasure or purpose.

Neighborhoods –

Capture tree canopies lining a neighborhood street or your favorite tree at the entrance of a community. Maybe the tree has just begun its life or is older than your grandpa; either way we want to see it. How are the trees embedded in the identity of the neighborhood?

City Center/Urban Central –

While not the first image that pops in your mind when you think of downtown or the heart of a city, trees can be a beautiful contrast to large skyscrapers or even just the local coffee shop. Trees play an important role in offsetting the carbon footprint and heat island effect in the city center. If an image is 1,000 words, how would you capture artistically the 2,980 tons of air pollution removed every year by Dallas’ urban trees?

Trees and People –

A dog may be a man’s best friend, but trees are humanity’s best friend. Trees provide a construction worker shade on a hot day, a swing for a child with just a piece of rope and tire, and the perfect spot for a pet to rest. We want to see people connecting with trees in a variety of different settings, showcasing the positive impact trees have on our lives.

Legal Conditions

By entering, participants warrant that their entry materials are original and do not infringe on any third party’s rights. By entering, participants release and hold harmless the Texas Trees Foundation, City of Dallas, sponsors, affiliates, or interagency partners from any liability.

If a recognizable person is in the photograph, a model release must be submitted with the entry and liability is limited to the value of the prizes.

Texas Trees Foundation and/or the City of Dallas may share your contact information with sponsors, affiliates and agency partners.

All decisions by the Trees Among Us Contest judges will be final and binding.