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Deadline to submit entries for 2020 North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest for Travel and Tourism draws near



The North Dakota Department of Commerce Tourism Division encourages North Dakotans to submit entries for the 2020 North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest for Travel and Tourism before the entry deadline of Aug. 31.

The contest celebrates the talents of North Dakotans and the appeal of the state’s wide-open spaces, where you can follow your curiosity, not the crowds. Photographers are asked to respect physical distancing, closures and executive orders in place while gathering imagery in this unprecedented time.

Photographers can submit photos to one or more of the following categories: Road Trips, #InThisTogetherND, Wildlife, Badlands Scenery, Beyond Badlands Scenery and Our Town.

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.

The annual Governor’s Photo Contest has grown significantly since its inception in 2004, when 300 submissions were received. Approximately 10,900 photos have been submitted in the years since.

Submission instructions and full contest rules can be found at