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Photography Contest


We are pleased to invite ALL members and visitors to submit their personal photographs of The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum for our 4th annual Capturing a Masterpiece Photography Contest. We ask that the photographs be taken on-site at the museum between 9/17/22 – 11/8/22 and that they represent these beloved museums. A great opportunity to visit the museums and enjoy all the beauty that Autumn in Cooperstown offers while being creative and artistic — and a chance to WIN many fabulous prizes, too! PLUS, one winning entry from each museum will be displayed during the Museum Members’ Showcase exhibition – the exhibition that celebrates our creative members! Acceptable photos include building exteriors, some interiors, museum grounds, or our farm animals–– interior pictures at Fenimore Art Museum are ONLY allowed in certain exhibitions (please ASK) and without flash, you may also take pictures inside The Farmers’ Museum buildings. Along with our contest for adults we have a NEW Junior prize for those 19 and under, more info below. Entries may be used by the museums in our social media and advertising*.


Entry Deadline:

The deadline to submit entries is Monday, November 8, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. The WINNERS will be chosen from a panel of judges and will be announced on/by November 14 on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and ONE GRAND PRIZE winner and winners from each museum (2 first, 2 second, and 2 third) will be chosen by the panel of judges. Community members will again vote for one “People’s Choice Award.”

Prizes: Nine total prizes will be awarded!

Grand Prize: An 11-inch, hand-crafted glass piece made on site at Fenimore Art Museum at the Corning Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop (shown at right). We think it’s quite stunning and are certain you will too! You also receive a one-year Sustaining Museum Membership…how MAGNIFICENT!

First Prize: An Authentic Tintype Portrait of you and up to 6 family members (Wet-plate tintypes were a popular and affordable photo process during the mid-1800s.) Each winner also receives a One-Year Family Museum Membership!

Second Prize: An autographed copy of North by Nuuk Greenland After Rockwell Kent by Denis Defibaugh and an Individual membership (or $50 toward another level)

Third Prize: An Elliott Erwitt book and 4 museum admission tickets — To bring kids & family to the museums!

People’s Choice Award: One-Year Sustaining Museum Membership, 4 museum admission tickets, and 8 carousel tokens!

Junior Award (for anyone 17 and younger to enter): WINNER receives a Selfie Ring Light with Stand and Phone Holder and 10 carousel tokens, so you can spin at the Farm with your friends & family — and maybe take a few fun photos!


  1. Photos will be judged on quality of the image taken, presentation, and the unique perspective of the photograph
  2. Photos are limited to building interiors*/exteriors, museum grounds, and farm animals at Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum.
  3. Submissions are limited to 2 images per contestant
  4. Entrants must be 18 or older for the main contest / 17 and under for the Junior Award.
  5. Upload your image to this site only
  6. Please do not include any copyrighted material in your submission. Any entries found to contain copyrighted material will be removed.
  7. Please do not put your name or logo on the actual image.
  8. If you would like to comment on the submissions, please be respectful and constructive.

*At Fenimore, please check at the admissions desk to see which galleries allow photography.

How to upload your photos:

It’s easy to upload your photos. First, go to the upload page. You can find a link at the top of the contest’s navigation bar (above) or click here. Then, just add your name, email address, and the other info requested. To upload the photo, click on the “Browse” button and locate the image file on your device. Accept the contest rules and click “Submit Photo.” It’s that easy!


*All contest rules and information subject to change. All entrants must agree that their name (aka Member/visitor name) and images can be displayed and used for Fenimore Art Museum and/or The Farmers' Museum marketing and promotion without charge or copyright infringement, and that the images they upload are acceptable for public view. Photos added may also be displayed on and and within the galleries, with credit given to the member/visitor. Employees of Fenimore Art Museum are eligible to participate but cannot win the stated prizes – there will be a separate prize for the employee winner (prize TBD).

We look forward to seeing what you capture through your lens!


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