Artist Sue Quinlan with sculpture Cultural Pedestrians

Sculpture Photo Contest

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To encourage the public awareness of the Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park, the City Arts Commission is sponsoring a photography contest. Visitors to the sculpture garden are asked to submit photographs of the works on display, and/or photographs depicting interaction with the sculptures**. Winners will be selected by the City Arts Commission. 

Give us your best shot: Photo Contest


Entry Guidelines:  The City Arts Commission will accept entries from any digital device, including smartphones.

How to Enter:   Enter the contest by downloading and completing the Entry Form and submitting together with photos to with the subject line, “Sculpture Photo Contest”.  Submissions made without the completed form will not be accepted. Cultural Arts will accept submissions from Thursday, October 1, 2020 through Sunday, January 31, 2021.

The limit for submitted works is 10 photos.



  • Image data files created with any digital device including smartphones, tablets, and digital still cameras (including medium and large-format cameras).
  • Images that have been retouched using software or by other means will be accepted. Retouched photography using a camera app or photo-editing app is also accepted.
  • Both color and monochrome images will be accepted.
  • File size: up to 10 MB of image data per work.
  • File format: JPEG/150 dpi recommended.
  • The standard color space for the judging process is RGB.

Note: Winners may be requested to provide higher resolution images for publication or display purposes related to the contest.

Eligibility:  The contest is open to all, professional and amateur, regardless of age, gender or nationality. Entrants under 18 years of age require the permission of a parent or guardian. By entering the contest, entrants under 18 years of age indicate that they have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian.

Submission Rules:  Entry is limited to original works that the entrant holds all applicable rights.

**Photos cannot depict any climbing, hanging, modification, or physical abuse of the sculptures

  • Judging:  After January 31, 2021, all entries will be posted onto the Cultural Arts website. 
  • An ad hoc subcommittee (“Art in Public Spaces”) will recommended winners to the City Arts Commission for approval.
  • Contest results will be announced on the Cultural Arts website by February 12, 2021.
  • The winners will be notified via email sent to their registered email addresses. 
  • Photographs of the five most popular submissions will appear in the Daily Pilot.
  • Prizes: First prize, $150 gift card; second prize, $100 gift card; four third prize winners, $25 gift card each.


The City Arts Commission reserves the right to reject any submission for display on City websites.

Entrants are responsible for the resolution of any legal issues arising from their works and agree to pay any costs thereby incurred. 

The City Arts Commission reserves the right to disallow entries that depict brand logos or other intellectual property, whether on signs or posters or in other forms, or that in its judgment are harmful to the public order, violate standards of decency or are contrary to the goals of the contest. 

Entrants must hold all applicable rights to the final image, including any retouching or other image processing. 

The City Arts Commission will only accept entries through the

The City Arts Commission does not accept liability for damages or other harm suffered by entrants as a result of their participation in the contest.

Entrants are required to obtain the prior permission and consent of the persons who are portrayed in their works or who hold the copyright or other intellectual property rights to the works or the items portrayed therein. 

Entrants agree to fully indemnify the City Arts Commission and accept all responsibility for any third-party complaints or objections concerning copyright or other intellectual property rights infringement or damages arising from the works submitted. 

Although entrants retain the copyright and other equivalent rights to their entries, the organizer reserves the right to publish entries to its public social networking service accounts throughout the submission period in order to publicize the contest. Such publication does not guarantee an award of any kind. 

The organizer reserves the right to publish all entries onto websites and social networking service accounts related to the contest. Some entries may be cropped for publication. 

The City Arts Commission will display the names of the winners and the titles of the winning entries on City websites and public social networking service accounts.

Use of Personal Information:  personal information provided by entrants may be used as required to notify winners of the results; provide entrants with information about the contest; correspond with entrants about their submissions; announce the winning entries; generate general contest statistics; send out questionnaires about the contest; and deliver prizes. 

All inquiries should be directed to the Cultural Arts Division at or (949) 717-3802. 


2018 Photo Contest Winners

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is pleased to recognize the following individuals for their outstanding entries in the 2018 Sculpture Photo contest. The winners were selected for the best representation of the following three categories:


Creativity: “Sunset In Newport” by Anita Rasmussen

Sunset In Newport by Anita Rasmussen


Sense of Place: “Flying Over Newport” by Barnet Rawitch

Flying Over Newport by Barnet Rawitch


Human Element: “Flying Fish” by Gabriel Encinas

Flying Fish by Gabriel Encinas


The Sculpture Photo Contest photography contest was designed to encourage public awareness of the new sculptures in Civic Center Park.  The winning entries were selected from over 200 photographs that were submitted showing one or more of the sculptures on display in the Sculpture in Civic Center Park Exhibition, Phase III. According to contest committee chair, Commissioner Barbara Glabman, “Selecting winners was a difficult task.  We appreciated the participation by so many talented individuals of all ages and we were impressed by the diversity of style and originality in the submissions.”

Prizes included gift certificates donated by local restaurants Modo Mio Rustic Italian Kitchen, Bluewater Grill, and Bistango, and were awarded at the June 14, 2018 City Arts Commission meeting.

The winning photographs, along with other entries, are currently displayed on the City’s Cultural Arts website: 

Photo Gallery of Entries

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