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A Day in the Life of Kensington

What makes the Town of Kensington a great place to live? Show off what you like best about Kensington in pictures as part of the 2009 Day in the Life of Kensington photo contest.

The contest, co-sponsored by the Montgomery County Planning Department and the Town of Kensington, will highlight original amateur photographs taken in Kensington and environs (see map) between June 15, 2009 and September 15, 2009. A panel of judges will select winners and award prizes for adult and youth tracks. All submissions have the potential to become part of the Town of Kensington Sector Plan or Department or Town documents, posters and websites.

Submit your entry.


DEADLINE EXTENDED! Kensington residents have until September 20 to enter our A Day in the Life of Kensington photo contest. Your entry may become part of our plan and/or win a gift certificate from an area business. We will announce winners in October.


We seek creative, striking photos that demonstrate what’s great about the Town of Kensington. Your entries might illustrate some of the following:

  • Town life
  • Historic sites
  • Events
  • Neighborhoods
  • Buildings
  • Public spaces

Kensington train station Awards

Adult and youth prizes

Prizes to be awarded as gift certificates/cash up to $150 from sponsoring businesses.

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Anytime Fitness
Chesapeake Framing Company
Jahann and Sons Persian Rugs
Old Town Kensington Merchants Association

Weisser Glass Studio & Gallery

All Books Considered
Ayoub Carpet & Rugs
Café 1894
Grant Antiques
Kensington Row Bookshop
Master Weaver Mahbod Foroosh of the Textile and Rug Museum
Onslow Square Antiques
Sparrows Antiques

General rules

  • All photographs must be taken in the Town of Kensington and environs as delineated in the contest map.
  • Participants must be residents living within that contest area.
  • All under-18 contest participants must join the youth contest and have their forms submitted — or agreement to our online terms and conditions confirmed — by their parent or legal guardian.
  • M-NCPPC employees and their immediate family members and Town of Kensington employees and their immediate families are not eligible.
  • All photographs must be taken between June 15, 2009 and September 15, 2009.
  • Each participant must not submit more than five photos and is eligible to win only one prize.


Entries may be color prints or high-resolution digital images. Read our guidelines for submitting your entry.

Participants may send digital images for the contest online, although you must agree to our terms and conditions before submitting. You also may save digital photographs on a CD and submit accompanied by a signed entry form for each image. Prints must be mailed with a completed and signed entry form(s) (see further instructions below). If you are submitting multiple entries, be sure to indicate clearly which form belongs with each photo. Entries must be received by the Planning Department no later than September 15, 2009.

Digital images must be submitted via email in a JPEG format in a high resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels. (2000 or 3000 pixels wide preferred.) Typically, quality settings between 8 and 12 yield very good results. Panoramic photos are not eligible. Black and white, sepia tone, and duotone images are not eligible. Digital images will not be returned. You must agree to the photo contest terms and conditions before you can submit your entry online.

Prints must be 4 x 6 inches or 5 x 7 inches and must be in color. Participants must attach a label to the back of each print with their name and address. If submitting multiple entries, number each print (on the back) to match a corresponding entry form. Prints will not be returned. Mail prints and accompanying entry form(s) — one form per picture, please! — to the address provided.

Enter the contest

Submit online

Submit offline

  • Print a version of the submittal form (pdf, 71KB)
  • By fax: Sign and send entry form via fax to 301/495-1310, attn: Day in the Life of Kensington photo contest
  • By mail: Sign and send entry form to:

    Day in the Life of Kensington photo contest
    Suite 301
    8787 Georgia Ave.
    Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Use rights

Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Photos will be credited to the photographer named in the entry form in initial publicity, although the agency may not always run photo credits in all subsequent uses.

Submission of the photo and signature on the entry form grants the Montgomery County Planning Department and the Town of Kensington unlimited rights to use the images in perpetuity. Some of the uses of any submitted photo, regardless of whether it wins the contest, may include: 1) displaying the photo at public events, such as the county fair; 2) displaying the photo at one of our agency buildings; 3) posting a low-res copy of the image at our website; 4) publishing the image in Planning Department or Town of Kensington brochures, master plans and other publications; 5) other uses to be determined.

Entries will never be used by the Montgomery County Planning Department or the Town of Kensington for profit. In the event that ownership of any photograph submitted is contested in any manner, the department retains the right to disqualify that photograph. No entries will be returned, and no additional fees or other forms of compensation beyond an initial contest award will be forthcoming. In future uses, we may crop, rotate or otherwise alter images to fit various formats.


  1. Images must be appropriate for display by a public agency, and we will disqualify obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content. The Planning Department and Town of Kensington retain sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.
  2. Photographers must obtain consent from all readily identifiable people pictured.
  3. Professional photographers (who make more than 50 percent of their annual salary through photography or have been widely published) are not eligible.
  4. Images should not be digitally enhanced or contain artistic features such as watermarks, borders and digital filters.
  5. Each entrant cannot submit more than five photos and is eligible to win only one prize.


Staff from the Planning Department and Town of Kensington will rate images on the basis of creativity, photographic quality and their ability to tell a positive story about Montgomery County. A panel of judges will evaluate all entries. Entries that fail to comply with contest rules will be disqualified.

Winners will be notified approximately 2-3 weeks after the contest deadline using the contact information on the entry form.

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