December 2 2023

Historic Elsah Photography Competition & Exhibit 2024

Historic Elsah Photography Competition & Exhibit 2024

Village of Elsah Museum

26 LaSalle Street
Elsah, Illinois

You’re invited to submit your creative photos to the upcoming Historic Elsah Photo Competition! Visit for more details: including awards, digital submissions, competition guidelines, image uploading, and payment options. Plenty of time to plan a trip and take in the lovely natural setting and historic village with your lens!

Two Themes for 2024 Competition:
Native Species: Designed to honor our village’s ongoing efforts to re-establish native species all along the wetlands and creek ways in Elsah; this effort has spread even into yards and public spaces and has several stellar periods of bloom! We’re stabilizing our creek banks, improving habitat, cleaning our creek, and beautifying our Village!
Historical Abstraction: Designed to encourage the use of our historical surrounds to find and create breathtaking, uncommon compositions of the historical built environment. Close- up details, unusual lighting, shadows and out-of-the-way views are the ticket!
Choose either or both of them!

Entries submitted/postmarked by 01.06.24.
Selected artist notified by 02.03.24 A list of the photographers selected for the exhibit will be posted on the Historic Elsah Foundation and Escape to Elsah websites, and also notified by e-mail on 02.03.24.
Shipped art due to Elsah by 03.01.24, 2-4pm
Hand Delivered accepted 03.02.24, 2-4pm, or 03.03.24, 2-4pm, at Village Museum, 26 LaSalle St, Elsah, IL 62028
Opening Reception & Awards 04.06.24, 3-4pm, Village Museum, 26 Lasalle St, Elsah, IL 62028
Exhibit closes 06.23.24, 4pm
Photo pick-up 06.23.24 4pm or 06.30.24, 1-4pm (Museum open only Saturdays and Sundays 1-4pm)
$1,050 in AWARDS
Best of Show $500 Plus a one nights stay at Green Tree Inn
First, Second, and Third Place
$250, $100, $50.

The exhibition reception and presentation of awards will be held in the Elsah Village Museum. All participants, their families and friends are invited. In the event the circumstance require an adjustment to these plans we will post an update on and, as well as reach out to the exhibiting photographers with updated information by email.

For the jury process only high-quality, digital images of photography (no film)- up to 7MB each – 4 x 6 inches are accepted.
All works must be original and completed within the last two years. Works previously exhibited in the Elsah Photo Exhibit are not eligible. Upon being accepted, all photographs must be framed and ready to hang with a wire. Framed works cannot exceed 16” x 20”.
For questions regarding submissions, call or email, Danne Rhaesa, Exhibit Coordinator, 618.946.7532, (leave message),

* Register HERE!

Upcoming Dates

  • Sunday, December 3 2023
  • Wednesday, December 6 2023
  • Friday, December 8 2023
  • Saturday, December 9 2023
  • Sunday, December 10 2023
  • Wednesday, December 13 2023
  • Friday, December 15 2023
  • Saturday, December 16 2023
  • Sunday, December 17 2023
  • Wednesday, December 20 2023
  • Friday, December 22 2023
  • Saturday, December 23 2023
  • Sunday, December 24 2023
  • Wednesday, December 27 2023
  • Friday, December 29 2023
  • Saturday, December 30 2023
  • Sunday, December 31 2023
  • Wednesday, January 3 2024
  • Friday, January 5 2024
  • Saturday, January 6 2024


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