Enter Our 2023 Photo Contest!

    man taking photo at beach woman taking photo in forest

Want to be featured in Green Foothills’ e-newsletter, social media and other publications? Now through August 15, you can submit your photos taken at the many parks, natural landscapes, beaches or farms of Santa Clara and San Mateo County.

Grab your camera, head outside, and explore all the beauty our area has to offer. Whether you choose to go for a hike, spend some time on the coast, or visit a local farm, we can’t wait to see your photos! Read below for more details.

Important Dates

  • All contest entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PST on Tuesday, August 15, 2023.
  • Winners will be announced in our email newsletter on August 30, 2023.


Grand Prize: $150 REI Gift Card + Annual Subscription to Bay Nature Magazine

REI offers top-quality gear and apparel for outdoor recreation. They have 9 Bay Area locations including San Carlos, Saratoga, and Sunnyvale, and you can also shop online.

Bay Nature is the premier nature journal of the San Francisco Bay Area with a focus on science and nature, conservation, and recreation. Get inspired by stunning photography and learn amazing facts about the wildlife and natural history of the region in which we live. Your prize includes a print + digital subscription.

orange tent on green hillside with blue sky above    Bay Nature magazine cover from Spring 2021 issue, showing photo of bobcat in tree

Second Place Prize: Green Foothills Swag Bag + $100 in Carrot Cash to be used at any farmers’ market operated by Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association (PCFMA)

Thank you to PCFMA for donating this fabulous prize! With more than 30 locations throughout the Bay Area, the PCFMA establishes and operates community-supported certified farmers’ markets and other direct marketing outlets that provide:

  • Viable economic opportunities for California farmers and food producers
  • Local access to farm fresh products
  • Support for local businesses and community organizations
  • Education concerning food, nutrition and the sustainability of California agriculture

two people wearing Green Foothills t-shirts.       

Third Place Prize: $50 Mike’s Camera Gift Card + $25 Sports Basement Gift Card

Mike’s Camera stocks a complete selection of photo and video cameras and other picture-taking accessories at their store in Menlo Park and on their website.

Sports Basement offers top-quality gear and apparel for outdoor recreation at their 9 Bay Area locations including Campbell, Redwood City, and Sunnyvale. Thank you to Sports Basement for donating this gift card!

Hikers taking photos near a pond        a variety of camera equipment laid out on a table


How to Enter the Green Foothills 2023 Photo Contest

  • Submit your photo(s) with your name, location of the photo, and email address through Facebook Messenger, direct message to our @greenfoothills Instagram, or by emailing [email protected].
  • 10 photo limit per person.
  • Photos must be taken within San Mateo or Santa Clara County.
  • All photos submitted must be your original work and free from any third-party copyright restrictions.
  • Photos submitted to other local contests are not allowed.
  • Please specify the location where each photo was taken (example: name of park or preserve).
    Use the following naming convention for each of your files: YourFullName_Location_Photo#
  • All contest entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PST on Tuesday, August 15, 2023. The winner will be announced on August 30.

Your Rights

While photographers retain ownership of all copyrights, by submitting an image for entry in this contest you automatically give Green Foothills the permission and rights to store, display, distribute, use, and reproduce the image, its thumbnails, and your name as the photographer, indefinitely in any media without notification or compensation.

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