The 2023 Official Visitor's Guide of Greenville, SC Cover Contest


Each year, VisitGreenvilleSC (the not-for-profit official destination marketing organization of Yeah, THAT Greenville) creates the Official Visitor’s Guide of Greenville, SC, a printed piece used to promote both the City and County of Greenville. It puts Greenville’s best foot forward, inviting leisure and business travelers to come and discover our delightful little corner of the world.

For the 2023 edition, VGSC wants to feature original work from a local photographer on the cover. In partnership with the Metropolitan Arts Council and Artisphere, you are officially invited to submit up to two photographs–your very best–that depict the sights of Greenville. The photographer whose work is chosen to appear on the cover of up to 75,000 copies will receive the following:

  • $1,500 commission for their work
  • An article on the winner(s) in the Greenville Journal (which includes being professionally photographed)
  • The winner(s) of this contest will be exempt from jury for the Artisphere Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition and will be able to compete for Best in Show, Award of Excellence, etc.
  • The winning piece(s) will be announced on VGSC and Artisphere social media
  • Artisphere may elect to use the winning piece(s) on one of the branded products, e.g., their private label wine or notecards
  • VisitGreenvilleSC may choose to use the winning image(s) on merchandise sold online at VisitGreenvilleSC’s eStore.



1. Because the Visitor’s Guide advocates visitation to Greenville, SC, photography should include content that depicts some aspect(s) of Greenville in a positive, bright, energetic, and engaging light. Content should reflect one of the following 3 areas:

a. Representation of Greenville (City)

  • This could include but is not limited to: Downtown, the Liberty Bridge, Main Street, Cleveland Park, Cancer Survivors Park, Brown Street, RiverPlace, Fluor Field, West End Historic District, Village of West Greenville, Camperdown, NOMA (North Main) area, etc.

b. Representation of Greenville County

  • This could include but is not limited to: Travelers Rest, Taylors, Greer, Mauldin, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn, Landrum; Paris Mountain, Jones Gap, and Caesars Head State Parks; several small lakes; Campbell and Poinsett Bridges; the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, etc.

c. Iconic Moments in/of the Destination

2. Photographs must be submitted in PORTRAIT orientation; landscape-oriented photographs will not be accepted. The primary use will be as cover art for a printed Visitor’s Guide, which is in a vertical magazine format. (The 2023 size will be 83/8 by 107/8 or approximately 8.5 x 11.)

3. Each photographer may submit up to two and ONLY two entries. Photos may have been already taken or new original work, but you only get TWO entries. If a 2nd entry is submitted, at least one of the entries must depict a representation of Greenville County as outlined above in 1b.

4. Eligible photography must be taken by those who currently reside or work in five Upstate South Carolina counties:  1) Greenville County, 2) Spartanburg County, 3) Laurens County, 4) Anderson County or 5) Pickens County, South Carolina.

5. One or multiple photographs may be chosen as the winners of this contest, resulting in one or multiple covers. However, if there are no viable entries for the 2023 Cover Contest, no photograph(s) are required to be selected and VGSC may choose an alternate cover visual.

6. The photographer who shot the selected work(s) will receive a payment of $1,500. No other entries will be awarded cash or any other form of compensation. If the selected winning photographer(s) cannot be reached (with attempts made by both phone and email) over a period of 7 days, the photographer may forfeit the win and alternate cover photograph(s) will be chosen.

7. The selected winning photography will become the wholly-owned property of VisitGreenvilleSC and can be used for any purposes across all mediums deemed suitable by VGSC. Photographers will sign a “Release of Photography” and all rights will transfer to VGSC without exception. The photographer(s) will be permitted to use images of the original photography for self-promotion purposes ONLY.

8. All other submissions will remain the exclusive property of the photographers who created them unless otherwise contracted by VGSC.



  • All work MUST be submitted ELECTRONICALLY via email to

  • Submissions should be rendered at 300dpi at full size (hi-res files), then reduced (if necessary) to be delivered via email. If a submission is received by VGSC and an additional version is required for evaluation, that photographer will be contacted directly.




  • All submissions must be received no later than 1:00 PM ET on FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2022. Entries received after this time will not be accepted or considered.

  • A completed VGSC Photography Release Form MUST accompany your submission. To download the form, click the button at the top of this page. Only the selected winner’s release form will be kept; all others will be discarded.

  • A decision will be made no later than FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2022. All decisions are final and not subject to review or appeal.

  • Only the winning photographer(s) will be contacted directly, during the week of September 12-16, 2022. A public announcement regarding the winning selection/photographer will be released via email and social media once the Guide is available in January 2023.

  • CONFIDENTIALITY: The photography itself and the subject matter that is selected for the cover of the 2023 Guide must remain confidential until the release of the Guide in January 2023. The winning photography shall not appear on social media or any other public entity, nor shall any photographer publicly declare themselves the winner until the Guide’s release in January 2023.



All submissions: Two Items: 1) Photography and 2) Release Form should be emailed to: 

All questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to the following: