In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Photo Contest has currently been postponed.
Any questions should be directed to Julie Machon at 513-792-8316.

“Sunrise at Agra” by Peter Skottegard, 2019 Photo Contest Adult Category Winner

Exposure: Montgomery, the area’s longest-running amateur photo competition and awards presentation – now in its 33rd year – takes place on Sunday, April 5, at 1:00 p.m. at the historic Universalist Church, located on the corner of Montgomery and Remington Roads.  The event is presented by the Montgomery Arts Commission and sponsored by Pella Windows and Doors.

The competition, open to beginners and serious amateurs alike, is the longest-running photo contest in the region. Judging is based on photos that capture technical brilliance, originality, or a unique point of view, and are chosen from both adult and student categories. Up to 10 winners in each category will be awarded $100 each.

Beginning March 2 through March 27, photographers may submit up to three photos to Montgomery City Hall, Monday-Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Entry fee is $10 per photo for adults, and $5 per photo for students of high school age and below.

In addition to the exhibit and awards presentation, the public is invited to a “sneak peek” reception on Saturday, April 4, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Universalist Church.

The Montgomery Arts Commission is a group of citizen-based volunteers who support and foster an appreciation of the visual and performing arts by producing community-wide arts events offered year-round for all ages – most of which are free of charge.

For more information, call 513-891-2424.

Photo Contest Entry Form

“Pages” by Victoria Wesloh, Kings High School; 2019 Photo Contest Student Winner. 


“Trapped” by Annabelle Merz, Roger Bacon High School; 2019 Photo Contest Student Best of Show Winner.

2020 Competition | Here’s What You Need To Know

March 2-March 27Submit Your PhotosMontgomery City Hall, 10101 Montgomery Road. 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, April 4Sneak Preview Reception from 2:00-4:00 pmUniversalist Church. Check out all the entries. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, April 5Reception and Awards PresentationUniversalist Church.
1:00 pm Reception
2:00 pm Awards Presentation
April 6-10Pick Up Your PhotosMontgomery City Hall

“Ruby” by Emily Hertlein, 2019 Photo Contest Adult Winner.

“Get Us To Church On Time”, Mark Bender, 2019 Photo Contest Best of Show Adult Category Winner.



  • Each entry must be an original photograph of the competitor’s own creation.
  • Entries must be in a photographic medium: black and white, color or experimental.
  • Each entry must be securely mounted on a stiff backing suitable for hanging.
  • *New for 2020* Matting is no longer required for a photograph to be exhibited, but is still acceptable. Non-matted photographs need to be prepared for the exhibition with stiff backing so as to be suitable for hanging.  
  • Dimensions of each entry including the matting must be at least 8” x 10” but not more than 16” x 20”.
  • The entry form must be clearly visible and affixed securely to the entry’s backing material and marked with the accurate orientation.
  • Entries in frames and/or under glass will not be accepted.
  • Entries signed or otherwise identified on the photograph’s front will be eliminated from consideration.
  • No more than 3 entries per competitor will be accepted.
  • Any entry displaying subject matter deemed by the judging panel or the Arts Commission as unsuitable for public display to an audience of all ages shall be rejected for all purposes of the competition.