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#TempeInstagrammys2020 - Your Perfect Vision

Tempe Instagrammys celebrates photographers and the best photos taken of Tempe each year. The contest honors local photographers with recognition, trophies and very special Tempe prizes. 

For our 2020 awards, we are celebrating the perfect '20/20' vision that people have of our community. You see our city in its most beautiful light and we appreciate your skill and artistry. 

How to enter:

1. Take photos of your favorite Tempe people, places and activities.
2. Post them to Instagram.
3. Use #TempeInstagrammys2020 in your post. 
4. If there is a special hashtag for a category you want to enter, include that, too. 
5. If you like @tempegov on Instagram and tag us in your photo, you might get extra attention come judging time. 

Your photos could be taken from any time of the year but they must be entered during the content timeline.

Important Dates

Contest Timeline
Entries for Tempe Instagrammys will be accepted Nov. 14 - Dec. 16, 2019. Winners will be notified near Dec. 21. 

Tempe Instagrammys Award Ceremony
The 2020 Tempe Instagrammys ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. 

Contest Categories

Tempe Camera award - Best technical photo. Winner gets Tempe Camera swag. 
Tempe Tourism award - For the photo that makes you really want to come here. Basket of goodies from Tempe attractions
Downtown Tempe award - Best photo of Mill Avenue and the surrounding area or a Downtown Tempe Authority event. Goodies from downtown Tempe merchants
ABC 15 Weather award - ABC 15 picks the best weather photo from Tempe
South Tempe Style award - Best photos from south of Southern Avenue. South Tempe has some pretty amazing restaurants and businesses. They come together to offer a really nice prize. Add #southtempestyle for bonus consideration.
Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade Award - Go to the Boat Parade - submit great photos and win tremendous Tempe prizes. 
Tempe Center for the Arts award - Best photos of TCA - inside the building or exteriors. Win TCA prizes 
People are the Heart of Tempe award- Best people photos - win great Tempe prizes. 
Tempe Moves You award - Best action photos - win fantastic Tempe prizes 
Tempe Town Lake: 20 Years award - Anything of Tempe Town Lake, including old photos from before Town Lake was built could win a prize.
City of Tempe Employee Award - You have to work for the City of Tempe Government to win this one because our employees can't win the other categories. Employees should use #TempeInstagrammysCOT.

Judges Choices Categories - We reserve the right to create categories and give prizes out for categories that aren't named here based on great submissions.  

Top Categories

While all our categories are awesome and being a finalist for any of them means you've surpassed some amazing competition, the top prizes for the contest are:
Best of @Tempegov -  the equivalent of Tempe Photographer of the Year. You must submit at least five photos to win this one. 
The Wavemaker Award - given to a great photographer who also supports the Instagram community through praise, goodwill and more. 
Mayor's Choice - Mayor Mark Mitchell picks his favorite photo. You win a day in your honor and other awesome Tempe prizes. 

Only in Tempe Prizes

The Tempe Instagrammys celebrate the beauty of our community and the stunning art of photographers who make this city shine. It makes sense that our prizes can only be found here, too.

Each Top Winner receives:

  • A spot in a display of winning photos at the Tempe Festival of the Arts
  • Their name and winning photo included in a banner of winning photos to be hung on the Elmore Town Lake Pedestrian Bridge
  • Their winning photo on City of Tempe social media platforms and included in a video about the 2020 Tempe Instagrammys
  • The prize associated with their category
  • 12 cards of their photo. 

Contest Judges

  • ABC 15 
  • Mayor Mark Mitchell
  • Downtown Tempe Authority
  • Tempe Tourism
  • Tempe Camera
  • @SouthTempeStyle account representative
  • City of Tempe staff from Communication and Media Relations, Boating, Tempe Center for the Arts, Public Art and more.

Contest Winners must agree to the conditions that our attorneys have set for us once their photo has been selected in order to be named a winner and receive a prize.  There will be one winner for each category unless otherwise noted. At judge's discretion, there may be runner ups who will be awarded certificates. Finalist and winning photos will be used by the City of Tempe for city materials, such as digital newsletters, on our website and more, always crediting the photographer. Your work could be seen hundreds of thousands of people, including your friends and neighbors!  

2019 Finalists and Winners!

A gallery of winning photos may be seen at

Photos of winners from the Jan. 11 ceremony may be downloaded at

WATCH THIS: 2019 Finalists and Winners Video

2018 Finalists and Winners 

List of Winners and Finalists

See the Powerpoint presentation featuring the photos of finalists and winners

See photos of the winners getting their trophies 

Watch the video of winning photos from the 2018 awards.