The Return of the Cemetery Photography Contest (and why I can’t enter it)

Many, many years ago, St. Agnes Cemetery would hold an annual photography contest, where photos that were taken on the cemetery grounds were displayed at a local location, and the best photos would receive ribbons and money.

This was fun.  In fact, in 2010 I actually won the contest with this photo.

Star Trails of St. Agnes Cemetery. Nikon D700, Kiev fisheye lens, several photos combined in star trail capture.

This year, the cemetery photography contest has resumed, and the subject scope is no longer limited to images shot at St. Agnes Cemetery.  Now photos are permitted at any of the 19 different cemeteries that make up the Albany Diocesan Cemeteries group.  Photographers may submit a maximum of two photos per entrant, and digital adjustments and enhancements are allowed.

I’m including the “Call for Art” prospectus at the bottom of this blog.

Now here’s the deal.  I am not able to enter this competition.

And before you start thinking, “Well, that’s not fair, why can’t Chuck enter the contest?”

It’s a very simple reason.  Those who are selected as judges may not enter photo competitions in which they would judge, it’s a major conflict of interest.

Yep.  In the immortal words of Shorty Long …

So get your cameras, practice good social distancing when photographing in the cemetery, and put together your best images.

And let’s go from there.


Albany Diocesan Cemeteries Photography Contest 2020

If we recall correctly, it has been at least six years since we last held our very popular photography contest.  It drew photographers of all ages and skill levels to cemeteries managed by Albany Diocesan Cemeteries to take pictures of things they found interesting to them. It is time to bring this contest back. Albany Diocesan Cemeteries are very excited to announce our 2020 Photography Contest is now open to the public!

The contest can be done safely with social distancing – easy to do in any of our cemeteries.  Albany Diocesan Cemeteries has 19 cemeteries located in the Capital District to choose from and all of them feature beautiful nature, statuary, architecture and interesting gravestones and many have spectacular views. We will offer generous prize money and there is no entry fee.

The deadline for submission of entries is October 15th, 2020 which gives contest participants three beautiful seasons to visit our cemeteries and take their winning photos.

Grab your camera or camera phone and visit the peaceful beauty of our sacred grounds.

Contest winners will receive: First place, $300; Second place $150, Third place $75.

Entrants may submit up to TWO (2) original photographs. The photos must be of a subject located in any one of Albany Diocesan Cemeteries 19 cemeteries: https://www.capitaldistrictcemeteries.org/contact-us/cemeteries-and-directions?explore=5008646

Digital enhancements of your original image is allowed.


The rules and regulations may be found at this link.