Through My Lens Photo Contest

Entry Deadline: Now Closed

Through My Lens contest

Contest is now closed. 2014 Photo Contest Image Gallery.

Questions, contact the Public Information office at 909.839.7057.



  • Limit 2 entries per person
  • New Video Category

 Contest co-sponsored by City of Diamond Bar and the Diamond Bar Community Foundation


Deadline : All entries must be received by City Hall offices or via email no later than Friday, November 14, 2014. Submit email address for receipt confirmation.


  • Recognition by the Diamond Bar City Council and the Diamond Bar Community Foundation Board at a regularly scheduled City Council meeting.
  • Winning photos may be featured in the City’s Calendar and Services Guide, on the City’s website, in the City News newsletter, in the Diamond Bar Community Foundation’s Windmill magazine, and may be used in other ways to promote the City and the Through My Lens photo contest.
  • Winners will be notified during December 2014.
  • Cash prizes will be awarded as follows: Honorable Mention: $50, First Place: $100, and Grand Prize: $150. No prizes will be awarded for categories without submissions.


Contest is open to Diamond Bar residents of all ages and photography/videography skill levels. Entrants will be separated into two divisions, Youth (17 years & under) and Adult (18 years & older). Free to enter.

Photo Categories: • People • Pets • Places • Nature • Digitally-Altered

Short Film/Video Category Theme: "My Diamond Bar" or "Living in Diamond Bar"

Submission Requirements

  • Entrants may enter up to two categories only and may submit only one entry per category.
  • Entry may be submitted only once in one category.
  • Participant's age determined at time of submission. Entrants younger than 18 years of age must have permission from a parent or legal guardian.
  • Entries must be photographed or filmed within Diamond Bar city limits, must not be previously published and must be suitable for publishing by the City.
  • Entries may be in either color or black and white.
  • City reserves the right to reassign entry to alternate category or reject entries based on criteria.
  • No print photo entries accepted. Only electronic files on DVD, CD or via email will be
    accepted. Video files must be submitted via DVD labeled with name and entry title. Due to large file size, no email video entries will be accepted.
  • Electronic file name must include entrants first initial, last name, category, and division, i.e.:JSmithNatureYouth.jpg and entry form as JSmithNatureYouthForm.jpg.
  • The City reserves the right to reject any entry deemed not suitable for consideration due to objectionable content such as the use of profanity, nudity, drug, alcohol, or tobacco use, or cruelty to persons or animals.

Photo Entry Requirements

  • Example of digital file size: 9”x7.25” @ 300 dpi. If you are unsure of settings, set camera to highest quality available.
  • Preferred digital format is jpg. No gif, png, or bmp.
  • With the exception of the Digitally Altered category, photos cannot be altered in any way utilizing Photoshop or comparable programs.
  • Photo file name must include entrants last name and category, ie: smithnature.jpg
  • Photos may be in color or black & white.
  • Turn off digital date and time stamp.

Video Entry Requirements

  • Entries must be at minimum three minutes but not longer than five minutes in length, be filmed in High Definition, edited and not presented in raw form.
  • Audio and video levels should be consistent, with audio levels not above -6 decibels.
  • Files should be compressed to H.264 codec and be in a Quicktime or .Mov format.
  • Entries must be suitable for broadcast and not contain any material deemed as objectionable by the City of Diamond Bar. Use of original music, images, or video is highly desired. User must have all rights to imagery and music contained therein.
  • Content of video entries must be based on a theme that is centered around and filmed within the city of Diamond Bar.

How to Enter

  • A separate entry form must accompany each submission. Entry forms are available at City Hall, 21810 Copley Drive; the Diamond Bar Center, 1600 Grand Avenue. Download fillable PDF application form by clicking HERE.
  • MAIL entry form along with labeled DVD or CD to Diamond Bar City Hall, Through My Lens Contest, 21810 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765.
  • EMAIL entry form along with electronic file to Please submit only one entry per email. Due to large file size, no video entries will be accepted by email.

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