The City of Harvard and K-Adams Foto Are Pleased to Present
2018 Harvard Balloon Fest Photography Contest

We would like to invite you to share your photography from this year’s Third Annual Harvard Balloon Fest, taking place August 31 – September 2, 2018 at Harvard Milky Way Park, Harvard, Illinois.

Entries for submission begin September 2, 2018 and end September 17, 2018.

Winners will be announced October 2, 2018.

This year’s Photography Contest is online submissions only.


One entry per person. You may enter a total of four (4) images – up to two (2) per category. Black & White or Color Images accepted. Some minor Photoshop is acceptable. No manipulation (HDR, or other post productions).



AMATEUR (defined as photographers who do not advertise or sell their images)

CATEGORIES (revised)

  • Hot Air Balloons and Skydivers

  • Field Of Fire – CandleStick Display

  • Festival Fun: Non Balloon

Ribbons & Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place as well as two (2) Honorable Mentions for each class.

The five (5) winners and five (5) finalists from each class will be asked to display their work during the awards reception.


October 19, 2018 – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Awards at 6:30 PM

Harvard City Hall
201 W. Diggins St.
Harvard, IL 60033

Artists must mount and frame their artwork for display. Photography must be presented in an 11 x 14 black matted frame. Image size inside is dependent on the individual. Please bring business cards to hand out and send a one-paragraph description of your work/technique to display at the show. Desserts and drinks will be served (while supplies last).


Over $1,000.00 worth of prizes will be awarded.

Prizes include cash awards, B&H Gift Cards, Camera Backpacks, Photo Classes, Flash Drives, Framing Credits, Submission to 4th Fridays, Photo Books and many more items to be announced.

Door prizes will also be raffled out to the attendees of the event.


Each photograph submitted must be accompanied by a Harvard Balloon Fest Harvard Balloon Photo Submission copy.

Visit the Photography Store to purchase Entries and download the form.

Submit photos and entry form to


AMATEUR – $10.00 – 4 entries

PRO –$20.00 – 4 entries

All Entry Fees are non-refundable.

All orders include a 5% non-refundable processing fee.


  1. Photographs must be taken during the Harvard Balloon Festival August 31 – September 2, 2018.

  2. All images must be sent via email to by September 17, 2018.

  3. Submit as JPEGs, 150 DPI and width of no more than 1200 pixels.

  4. Label your files as follow: lastname_firstname_catagory_imagenumber.jpg (example: Adams_Kelsey_BalloonDetails_1.jpg)

  5. Entries must be accompanied by an Official Entry Form to be included. It must be filled out completely and include your name, address, phone number, email address, and order number (this can be found on your receipt when purchasing your entries). Please specify if you are entering Amateur or Pro Division and Category.

  6. Local McHenry County Judges will choose five (5) Winners (who will win an award/prize) and five (5) Finalists from each class. All will be asked to display at our Awards Ceremony.

  7. Judging begins September 20, 2018. Winners and Finalists will be notified by October 2, 2018.

  8. Winners and Finalists will be required to submit framed 11 x 14 prints by October 12, 2018 in order to be included in the ceremony. (Drop-off location will be announced after Winners/Finalists are selected.) Please also include a one-paragraph Artist Statement about you and your piece.

    Your submission provides consent for the Harvard Balloon Fest, Harvard Events Committee and City of Harvard to use your images for future advertising and promotional purposes. Please feel free to call with any questions you may have. 

  9. All Photographs submitted may be posted on Facebook and/or Website. You retain photo rights to your photographs and receive photo credit for any photographs submitted.

With entry into this contest, you agree that you have read and agreed to all Terms and Conditions.

Please read all Safety Information provided in Terms and Conditions.

Any and all releases are the responsibility of the photographer.

Purchase a Photo Pass

Note:  Photo Passes are no longer available online; they are now only available at the Information Booth during Balloon Fest.  

$25.00/person – good for all three days.

Provides access to the balloon field during inflation when the general public is not allowed.

All orders include a 5% non-refundable processing fee.

Bring your printed receipt to the Information Booth. This will be how your purchase is confirmed.

You will also be able to purchase Photo Passes at the Information Booth during the Balloon Fest.