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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. 

Award Ceremony 

This year's award ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway.

Tempe Instagrammys award ceremony is free to attend on a first-come basis. 
Finalists will have the opportunity to reserve seats in advance. Tickets that are not picked up by 6:15 p.m. will be distributed to those waiting for a seat. 

What to wear
Wear what you love. Finalists will go on stage and have their photos taken with members of the Tempe City Council and emcee Josh Frigerio of ABC 15. 

How it works
There are about 20 photo categories, each with between four and six photos nominated per category. Finalists will have their photos shown on a large screen and be called to the stage for the reveal of the winner for that category. Everyone receives a certificate. One winner will receive a prize. The people in each category is kept secret until the finalists are called to the stage. Photographers may be nominated in more than one category.

At the end of the event, all finalists are invited to come on stage for the group photo. 

The 2020 Tempe Instagrammys contest is over. Photos are judged and winners will be announced on Jan. 24.

Contest Rules

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. 

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. Please note: if you are teaching one class, such as for Recreation, TCA or the Library, you may enter any category. 

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, 2019 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.