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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. 

The Instagrammys were awarded the 2019 top social media prize in the nation from 3CMA, an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in communication for cities and towns. 

Important Dates

Instagrammys Kick-off 
Kris Baxter-Ging will be at Tempe Center for the Arts at the EDGE Happy Hour from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 to share contest category information and answer questions about #TempeInstagrammys2020. 

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

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

Contest Categories

All our contest categories will be announced on Nov. 15. 

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:

The Wavemaker Award, given to a great photographer who also supports the Instagram community through praise, goodwill and more. 

Best of @Tempegov, the equivalent of Photographer of the Year.

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 www.slideshare.net/tempegov

Photos of winners from the Jan. 11 ceremony may be downloaded at https://cityoftempe.shutterfly.com/.

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.