2020 Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition now accepting entries

Help capture life in Bellingham

March 06, 2020 - by City of Bellingham and Whatcom Museum

Amateur and professional photographers of all ages are invited to join in the 15th annual Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition.

The City of Bellingham and Whatcom Museum sponsor this photography competition to highlight what residents love most about living in their community. Photos must have been taken after Jan. 1, 2019 and capture the “essence” of living, working or playing in Bellingham. Entries can be submitted for free and are due by Friday, May 1.

Awards will be given for Best of Show, Best of Class, Best of Category and for Honorable Mentions. Winning entries will be featured in the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, June 5.  All entries will be added to the Whatcom Museum's photo archives and may appear on BTV, the City website and in other City publications.

Complete competition details, online submission form, and winning photos from previous years can be found at


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