• Boott Cotton Mills Museum with Trolley


    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Photography Contest

2011 Photo Contest - Ends October 1 2011
Use your camera and capture the essence of the City of Lowell, the heritage within the National Park, or the character of the Historic District.

About the 2011 Contest
A visual celebration of Lowell National Historical Park and the City of Lowell has begun with the start of the
biennial Lowell Photography Contest. The contest runs from May 1st, 2011 to October 1st, 2011 - both teens and adults can enter up to three photographs taken anytime in 2011. Prizes include public exhibition in a Park gallery/exhibit, official recognition from the National Park Service, and an invitation to a special event at Lowell National Historical Park in November 2011.

Massachusetts photographers have consistently recognized Lowell as "one of the state's most photogenic cities," and the contest encourages both amateur and professional photographers to take a close, creative look at the heritage and visual essence of Lowell. America's National Parks are world renown for possessing some of the most compelling historical and natural environments ever captured on film. Lowell's blend of industrial heritage and cultural diversity make the city one of America's unique National Park areas.

Photographs of any historical, cultural, or natural subject will be accepted. The 2011 contest includes two special submission categories for photos featuring historic preservation or cultural activities. The contest will highlight Lowell's impressive preservation efforts and its distinct cultural landscape.

A panel of local judges will evaluate photos based on originality, artistic composition, photographic technique, and technical execution. Three winners will be selected from ten finalists in both the teen and adult categories. A single Grand Prize winner will also be selected. All participants will receive official certificates from the National Park Service recognizing their photographic work and promotion of Lowell's heritage. Winners and finalists will be announced in November 2011. Please read the full contest rules before entering.

About the Innaugural 2009 Contest

  • View the winning images from 2009/2010.
  • Read the contest description from 2009/2010.

Additional Questions

  • Email: lowell_photo@nps.gov
  • Phone: David Byers, (978) 970-5028

Did You Know?

Factory Bell, Lowell, MA

The factory bells dominated daily life in Lowell. They woke the workers at 4:30 a.m., called them into the mill at 4:50, rang them out for breakfast and back in, out and in for dinner, out again at 7 p.m. at the day's close. The whole city, it seemed, moved together and did the mills' bidding.