PaSNAPsco Photo Contest Calls on Photographers to Picture the Best of the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area

Rogers Family of Ellicott City Sponsors Effort to Highlight Area’s Many Features

ELLICOTT CITY, MARYLAND–The Patapsco Heritage Greenway is issuing a call for entries to paSNAPsco – a photo contest depicting the diverse beauty of Maryland’s most historic river valley.  Open to both amateur and professional photographers, the organization seeks images that creatively feature historic structures and attractions, the Patapsco River and its environment, Main Street moments, recreational opportunities, and cultural activities. Winning photographs will be featured in a 2021 Patapsco Valley Heritage Area Calendar.

Last year’s contest had twenty two photographers enter with almost sixty photos. Winning photographs were displayed in the PaSNAPsco Photo Exhibit on Display from November-January at Atwater’s in Catonsville. Previously chosen winners and new entrants are welcomed to submit photographs for the 2020 PaSNAPsco Contest, but photographs submitted for the 2018 and 2019 PaSNAPsco Contests are not eligible to be resubmitted.

Individual cash prizes of $100 will be awarded for the “best of” in the following categories:

  • STEP BACK (historical)
  • NATURE NURTURES (environment)
  • GET OUT! (recreation)
  • A MUSE (cultural) 

In addition, a PATAPSCO FAVORITE will be chosen for a $200 cash prize, and a PEOPLE’S CHOICE award will be selected via an online contest component for a $100 cash award.  

All photos must be taken within the boundaries of the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area. The deadline for entries is September 1, 2020 has been extended to October 10, 2020!

The contest is sponsored by the Rogers Family of Ellicott City and made possible through a grant from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority.  More information, contest rules, and entry forms are available at or by sending an email to

PaSNAPsco Rules Here

PaSNAPsco Entry Form Here

PaSNAPsco Photo Release Here