Website Photo Contest

Submit your photo portraying Monterey Park’s essence, energy, vibrancy and livability and your work may be featured in an upcoming new website layout to be unveiled in May 2019. The City of Monterey Park is inviting the community to contribute original photography for a design refresh of the official city website at

2019 Website Photo Contest Rules

Contest Dates 

  • Entries will be accepted April 4-21, 2019.
  • Photographs entered in the contest can be taken at any time.
  • Entry form and photo must be uploaded to the website no later than April 21, 2019.

 Entry Information 

  • There is no fee to enter the contest.
  • The contest is open to all photographers.
  • The contestant must be the actual photographer for each image submitted under their name.
  • Photographs must be taken in and around Monterey Park.
  • Photos and submission information must be transmitted via the official online form found at
  • Photo must be a digital file uploaded via the online form. The City will not accept hard copies of photographs or emailed photographs.
  • Multiple entries must be entered separately.
  • The City of Monterey Park is not responsible for entries lost through the entry procedure.
  • If there are identifiable people in the photo and it was taken in a non-public space, it is the responsibility of the photographer to obtain permission to use the photo.
  • Incomplete entries will not be judged. Contestants must provide contact info such as name, email address, as well as the photo file. If there are identifiable people in the photo, the contestant must include additional documentation of the name of the person(s) and consent.
  • The City of Monterey Park reserves the right to remove from the contest any submitted image that depicts illegal, unsafe, patently offensive, or otherwise inappropriate content, advertising, content implying City support or sponsorship, or any other content that the City deems contrary to the goals and intent of the contest.

 By submitting, contestants must agree to the following 

  • I certify that the photos I submitted are unique and original, taken by me, and do not infringe upon any copyright or patent.
  • I have received permission from all person(s) in the photograph(s) for use of their image as part of my entry into the City of Monterey Park Photography Contest.
  • I hereby grant the City of Monterey Park a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival and all other standard City purposes. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. The City will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.
  • Photographer agrees to release City, its agents, officials, employees, and volunteers from and against all liability, relating to copyright, patent infringement, or intellectual property claims or causes of action, arising out of this Agreement and claims arising from Photographer's participation in the City of Monterey Park Photo Contest. In addition, Photographer agrees that for any minor (less than 18 years old) depicted in any submittal to City, that Photographer has obtained a duly executed release from such minor(s) parent or legal guardian authorizing the Photographer to use the image of such minor(s). Photographer agrees to indemnify and defend City (with counsel satisfactory to City) against any and all claims and liability related to the above matters. Photographer agrees to pay all costs incident to any claim, including, without limitation, attorneys' fees and consequential damages.
  • I certify that I have read and understand the rules of the contest.
  • Any submission received after the entry deadline will not be eligible.

Image Requirements 

  • Images should be at least 2200 pixels wide (or 1 MB in size).
  • Non-manipulated imagery will yield the best results (no Photoshop effects or cropping).
  • File Types: JPEG, TIFF, PSD, PNG (GIF format is not recommended).
  • Resolution: 72 dpi or higher.
  • Color Mode: RGB or CMYK.
  • Only digital formats will be accepted. We do not accept hard copies of photos.

 Recommended Subject Matter

  • Parks.
  • Landscapes and cityscapes.
  • Culture and art.
  • Nature and animals.
  • People and activities.

Not Recommended Subject Matter

  • Individually recognizable people and businesses, copyrighted logos/images, seasonal or religious references, political activities.

Composition and Recommendations

  • Good images have an area of interest, include simple shapes, and create an impression or elicit emotion.
  • Provide images that can be used during any time of the year. For instance, do not provide holiday imagery.
  • Watermarks: The City of Monterey Park prefers to receive entries without watermarks. The City of Monterey Park reserves the right to remove watermarked entries from the contest.


Photos will be judged on the basis of how well the images fits within the elements of the new website layout, visual appeal (quality and clarity), pictorial composition, and/or how successfully the photograph portrays the community of Monterey Park. Decisions of the judging panel are final.


It is anticipated that two photos will be selected as winners: one photo for the home page and a second photo for interior pages. Other runner-up photos may be selected for other uses in the new website design. Winners will be notified by email.

Information contained in these official rules is for reference only and is subject to change. The City of Monterey Park reserves the right to revise, amend, or repeal these contest rules at any time.

What You Need to Enter

  • A completed and signed entry form (PDF) that has been digitally scanned (PDF, JPEG, etc.) and is ready to upload.
  • Your contact information.
  • Your digital photo (less than 20MB please).

Enter the 2019 Website Photo Contest (This link to the online submission form will be available April 4-21, 2019.)

For more information please contact Randy Ishino, Community Communications Coordinator.