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Capture the Heart of Highland Park

2021 Contest

September 10, 2021 -- The City of Highland Park is known throughout the North Shore for our spirit, leadership, and passion. Annually, the City seeks to illustrate the character of the community and capture the vibrancy of Highland Park through a Community Photo Contest. The contest is open to all residents and businesses in Highland Park (professional and hobbyist). Entries will be accepted from September 10, 2021 through October 4, 2021.

Photos will be accepted in the following categories:

  1. Arts & Architecture: Public art/sculpture, urban design, cityscapes & landmarks.
  2. Environmental: Sustainable practices, open spaces, parks & wildlife.
  3. Daily Life: Working/learning from home, new hobbies, or projects.
  4. Pets of Highland Park: Because we love seeing your cute pets!
  5. Portraiture: Share a portrait and a brief story (approx. 100 words or fewer), Humans of Highland Park-style.
  6. Community Favorite: All submissions will be posted to the City’s website, and the community at large will have an opportunity to vote in an interactive poll.

Participants may submit multiple photos and will be prompted to select a particular category for submission. Photographers must submit a photo release and waiver form available on the City’s website. Photographs should be entered through the submission form.

The Cultural Arts Advisory Group will consider submissions in each category and select the winners. Winning photos in each category will be announced in November 2021. Winning photos may be featured in the Highlander, on the City website, and on the City’s social media. Photographers will be recognized at a City Council Meeting.

For more information, please contact the City at 847.926.1043 or cityhp@cityhpil.com.

2020 Contest

January 8, 2021 -- Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Capture the Heart of Highland Park Photography Contest! Many thanks to the 22 photographers who entered over 150 photographs into this year, to the panel of judges from the Cultural Arts Advisory Group and City staff, and to the 343 photography lovers who voted for the Community Favorite. Click here to browse the album of photographs entered into the contest.

Arts & Architecture:
Bridge at Rosewood Ravine
Mark Hammerschick

Bridge at Rosewood Ravine


Daily Life:

Shell Girl
Lynn West









City Rainbow
Lynn West



Shell Girl

City Rainbow
Environmental:

Icy Sunrise at Park Avenue
Thomas Brubaker

Icy Sunrise
Pets of Highland Park:

Invited To A Party
Larry Saret








Havanese Under The Catalpa Tree
Mark Hammerschick




Invited To A Party


Havanese Under the Catalpa Tree
Perseverance in a Pandemic:


Zoom School
Deanna Abrams








Meditation on Erosion (Day in the Pandemic Life at Open Lands Lakeshore, August 2020)
Emily Rothenberg








Cow With Mask
Lynn West










Zoom School (1)


Meditation on Erosion (Day in the Pandemic Life at Open Lands Lakeshore)

Cow with mask Lynn West
Community Favorite:

Icy Sunrise at Park Avenue
Thomas Brubaker
Icy Sunrise