The Contest

The Secretary of the Senate and the Senate Information Office are pleased to announce the Minnesota Capitol Photo Contest! The contest coincides with the Capitol Grand Re-Opening as well as the launch of the MN Senate Instagram account. The contest is open to the public and the winning photographs will be printed, framed, and displayed in the Senate Information Office.

Submissions are open April 1, 2017-June 30, 2017, and the winning photographs will be announced at the Capitol Grand Re-Opening on the weekend of August 11-13, 2017.


#CapitolPhotoContest: This category is open to individuals of all ages and must be a photograph of or in the Minnesota State Capitol. #CapitolPhotoContestUnder18: This category is open to individuals under the age of 18 years at the time of the photograph. The photo must be of or in the Minnesota State Capitol. Written consent from a parent or guardian will be required for the finalist photo before being declared the winner.

Rules and Guidelines

-All photographs entered must have been taken during the 2017 calendar year to be considered.

-Photos can be submitted for consideration anytime between April 1, 2017, and June 30, 2017.

-An individual may not win in more than one category.

-Photos must be taken in or of the Minnesota State Capitol. If it is a landscape or exterior photo, the Capitol Building must be a prominent feature.

-Individuals may submit as many photos as they choose, but must be the person who took the photograph.

-If the photograph includes a person(s), the photographer will need to provide written consent from the subject(s) in order for the photo to be considered. (The panel will reach out to finalists in order to obtain the written consent.)

-By entering a photograph into the competition, the photographer is authorizing the Minnesota Senate to print, frame, and display the photo in the Senate Information office.


The MN Capitol Photo Contest will be judged by a panel of 5 Senate staff/Senators. This will include David Oakes (MN Senate Photographer), A.J. Olmscheid (MN Senate Assistant Photographer), a DFL Senator, a GOP senator, and the Secretary of the Senate. Contest entries will be judged on overall quality, creativity, and how well the photograph portrays the Minnesota Capitol building.


Winners will be announced at the Minnesota Capitol Grand Re-Opening event on the weekend of August 11-13. They will be invited to have their picture taken with the winning photographs and the panel of judges before the photos are hung in the Senate Information office.

Further Questions

Any further questions can be directed to the Secretary of the Senate’s office by email or by calling 651-296-1966.