How to Enter

2015 Annual Photo Contest

1. Open a Flickr™ account

If you do not already have a Flickr™ account you can obtain a free account by going to

2. Complete an Entry Form

Entrants must complete the Civil War Trust Photo Contest Registration form. This provides us with the entrant's contact information to ensure we can reach and update the potential winners, confirms you have read the Official Rules and secures permission to publish your photos.

3. Upload your photos

Enter Your Photos

Enter and Vote

Once you have an active Flickr™ account please upload your photos to your own Flickr account.

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4. Join our Civil War Trust Flickr™ Group

In order to enter photos in our contest you will first need to join our Civil War Trust Flickr™ group (American Civil War Battlefields) which can be found at:

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5. Add your photo entries to our Civil War Trust Flickr™ Group

For the photos that you would like to enter into our photo contest you will need to add those photos to our Civil War Trust Flickr™ group (American Civil War Battlefields) which can be found at:

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6. Tag your photo entries

To enter a photo into a specific category (see category list) you will need to add a simple tag to your photo. Photos MUST be properly tagged to qualify for the photo contest. Example of a tagged photo » 

For each category add the following tag:

Civil War 1865: CWT1865

Civil War Battlefields: CWT15BF

People on Civil War Battlefields: CWT15P

Preservation Threats: CWT15PT

Then & Now: CWT15TN

More help on Tags »

 Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Can I enter photos that were taken by me before the contest start date?

    A: Yes; You can enter any photo that you have taken.

  • Q: Do I have to use Flickr to enter my photos?

    A: Yes; Our American Civil War Battlefields photo group on Flickr makes it easy to upload photos on a 24x7 basis, allows everyone to see your photos, and it eliminates much of the administrative stress that our small organization would face otherwise. To enter a photo you will need a Flickr account. A free Flickr account can be easily established at

  • Q: Can I enter my photo into multiple categories?

    A: No; Each photo should be entered into only one of our five categories

  • Q: Are there any restrictions on which photos I can enter?

    A: Generally, any photo of yours could be an acceptable entry. The only photos that we would restrict are (1) photos that you do not have ownership of (2) and photos that have received awards in previous Civil War Trust photography contests.

  • Q: Is there a specific photographic format that you require?

    A: We will accept any photo that you can upload into Flickr that is at least 5 MB. Flickr accepts photos in the following popular formats: JPEG, GIF, PNG, and TIFF. Free Flickr accounts can upload photos that are up to 10MB in size. Flickr "Pro" accounts can upload photos that are 20MB or less. Since we plan to use the winning photos in our calendar and magazine we would like you to submit the highest-resolution version of your photos.

  • Q: Is there a limit to the number of photos that I can enter?

    A: No, but we would ask that you only enter your best.

  • Q: In the "Then & Now" category where can I find good "Then" photos?

    A: The best place to acquire good "Then" photos is the Library of Congress online photo site. Please make sure that the photos you are using are not under any copyright.

    If you have any further questions please e-mail us at


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