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2023 Georgia’s Rome Photo Contest – Call for Entries

2023 Georgia's Rome Photo contest


Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism is pleased to announce a call for entries for the annual Georgia’s Rome Photo Contest. Locals and visitors are challenged to explore area attractions and locations to creatively capture Georgia’s Rome. Photographs should highlight a variety of area locations and experiences that visually illustrate the beauty of Rome. Photographs will be juried and selected for the exhibition.
Entry Deadline:  Midnight on May 7, 2023


All photos submitted will be considered for inclusion in an exhibition to be held July 15 to August 19.  Photos selected for the exhibition will be juried by master photographers for prizes. The exhibition will be held on the first floor of the Rome Area History Center. The opening awards reception will be held on Saturday, July 15 at 11 am.


  • March 21 – May 7 midnight: Submit photo entries
  • May 10 – 13: Photo entries are posted on Georgia’s Rome Facebook for People’s Choice voting during National Travel and Tourism Week
  • Friday, May 19: Artists whose works are selected for the exhibition will be notified by email and/or phone
  • Monday, May 22: Artists whose works are selected for the exhibition will be announced publicly
  • Wednesday, July  12: Deadline for selected artists to deliver works for exhibition (art must be framed and ready for hanging or presentation); deliver works to the Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism
  • Saturday, July 1511 am, Opening Awards Reception; public invited to opening reception and awards at the Rome Area History Center
  • Saturday, August 19Last day of show
  • Tuesday, August 22: Photographers pick-up works at the Rome Area History Center


  • The public will have the opportunity to select a People’s Choice Award for best photo to be featured at the exhibition.
  • All entrants’ photos will be uploaded onto the Georgia’s Rome Facebook page
  • The public will be invited to vote for People’s Choice from Tuesday, May 9 to Friday, May 12
  • The photo with the most combined Likes and Comments will win the People’s Choice Award.
  • Prize: $75 gift card awarded at the opening reception for the Georgia’s Rome Photo Exhibition on July 15


A panel of three judges will select photos from all entries to be included in the Georgia’s Rome Photo Exhibition to be held at the Rome Area History Center.
Work selected for the exhibition will be juried for the following prizes in these categories: 

Category: Drone: 1st Place: $100 Gift Card
(2nd & 3rd place: Ribbons)

Category: Places: 1st Place: $100 Gift Card
(2nd & 3rd place: Ribbons)

Category: Events: 1st Place: $100 Gift Card
(2nd & 3rd place: Ribbons)

All prize winners may select a gift card of their choice from one of the current Georgia’s Rome Hospitality MembersRestaurantsRetailersService Providers, Hotels

Rome Georgia Photography Club Prizes: The 1st Place winner in each category and the Peoples Choice winner will be awarded a free Rome Georgia Photography Club membership for 1 year.


Three master photographers  from the Rome Georgia Photography Club will jury the show and select winners in each category. The judges have a broad and well rounded knowledge of photography. The judges are Frank Cardamone Jr., Lorrie Smith, and Anne Say.

Frank CardamoneFrank Cardamone Jr.
Frank is a single father of two children, a lifestyle photographer, and the owner of Cardamone Photography. He is known by the handle “Frank TheTank” on social media. He is the current President of the Rome Georgia Photography Club, an award-winning photographer, and his work can be seen in numerous publications around the world.  His photography spans multiple genres including weddings and engagements, portraits, special events, sports, landscapes, and exotic destinations.


Lorrie Smith
Lorrie is the owner of L. Smith Photography, former President of the Rome Georgia Photography Club and current member of the club for the past 10 years. As one of the Master photographers in the club, Lorrie specializes in portrait, studio, macro and nature photography. In addition to this, Lorrie is a mother of 3, grandmother to 6.


Anne Say
Anne is half introvert/half extrovert. It can be exhausting, but coffee helps. Her reputation as a visual storyteller helps people show up and look their best in their photos. As a Brand Photographer, Anne supports businesses with their visual branding so they stand out in their market and connect with more of their ideal customers. Anne is married to an Englishman. They love to adventure and explore, especially in their RV tiny home. It helps with work/life balance. She’s down to earth, simple and straightforward. Just like photos should be. With that style, she brings an authentic professionalism to her clients’ pictures.


  • Artist’s works selected for the exhibition will be recognized at a public art reception
  • Work will also be showcased and credited throughout the year in print and online media promoting Georgia’s Rome.
  • All work selected for the exhibition is for sale unless otherwise noted. Interested parties should contact the artist directly to handle purchase agreements. Contact information for each artist will be provided at the exhibition.


Exhibition Dates: July 15 to August 19
Opening Awards Reception: Saturday, July 15, 11 am
Exhibition Location: Rome Area History Center, 1st Floor

The public is invited to the exhibition of works selected from all photo contest entries. The reception will include recognition of the photographers whose work was selected for the exhibition. Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place, and People’s Choice will be announced at the opening reception.

The public is invited to attend; light refreshments will be served.

Photographers have the option to sell their photography displayed at the exhibition; photographers receive 100% of the total sale.

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