Photo Contest

Photo of kids fishing on dock at Tanners Lake in summer with bikes

The City of Oakdale is excited to announce the first-ever Oakdale Seasonal Photo Contest. This is an opportunity for residents to show off the City from their perspectives. The contest will take place for each season, beginning with fall in 2022, with winners in multiple categories as chosen by fans on social media.  Photographers of all ages are encouraged to participate.  Winners will be awarded in three categories. The winning photos will be featured in the Oakdale Update newsletter, on the City of Oakdale website and on social media platforms.

Online Photo Submission Form 

Fall 2022 Contest Timeline

  • November 1 to 30 - Photo submission period 
  • December 12 - Finalists announced
  • December 12 to 31 - Fan voting period on City of Oakdale Facebook page
  • January 5 - Winners announced

Categories

  • Nature and Wildlife – Photos can include landscapes, animals, plants, trees, flowers, bodies of water, weather
  • Places and Activities – Photos can include city landmarks (i.e. bandshell, City Hall, nature preserve, etc.), businesses, buildings and activities or events (i.e. Summerfest, sporting event, etc.)
  • People and Families – Photos can include people of Oakdale enjoying parks, trails, nature and activities or any other day-to-day activities

Judging and Recognition

  • Finalists for each category in each season will be selected by City staff.
  • The finalist photos for each category will be posted on the City of Oakdale Facebook page for a fan vote. 
  • At the end of the voting period, the photo in each category with the most "likes" on Facebook will be the winner. 
  • Winning photos will be published and promoted in City publications including the Oakdale Update newsletter, the City of Oakdale website and social media platforms.
  • Category winners will also receive a gift card.

Contest Rules

  • All photographs submitted will become property of the City of Oakdale and may be used in both print and digital publications. 
  • All photos must be taken within Oakdale city limits within the last three years 
  • All entries are limited to Oakdale residents only. Photographers of all levels are encouraged to participate. 
  • Photographers may submit up to three photos per category per season of the contest. 
  • City employees and family members are not eligible to participate. 
  • Photographs may be taken in black or white. Minor digital enhancements are allowed, but images with significant modifications will be disqualified. Photos with watermarks or logos are not permitted. 
  • If photos are taken in a public space (i.e. park, street), there is no need for a photo release of identifiable people. However, if a photo is taken in a private location with identifiable people, it is the responsibility of the photographer to obtain permission to use the photograph. 

Submit a Photo

All submissions must be submitted digitally. To submit a digital photo, complete the online photo contest submission form. One submission form must be completed for each photo submitted to the contest. Photos need to be at least 1 MB in size with a resolution of 300 dpi. 

If you are having issues with the online photo submission form or have questions regarding the submission process, please contact Sara Quinnell: sara@ci.oakdale.mn.us or 651-730-2731.