Contest begins on Friday of the event @ 5pm, and photos must be submitted to the visitor center before 10 a.m. Sunday of the event.


Sponsored by the Vincennes Historical and Antiquarian Society, the Spirit of Vincennes, Inc., and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.

The photo contest entry fee will be $12 and may be paid during the week before the Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous. The competition begins at 5 p.m. Friday and ends after the candlelight tour on Saturday. (All times listed for this and other Rendezvous information is Eastern Time Zone)

How to enter

Sign up at the National Park Service Visitor Center and pay the $12 entry fee. This may be done anytime during the week preceding Rendezvous even on Friday or until noon on Saturday of the event.

Each photographer will be able to submit up to five digital photos.

How to submit

Bring them to the National Park Service Visitor Center

Park personnel will be available between Saturday 4 and 8 p.m. and Sunday 8 to 10 a.m. to download photos. (Downloading pictures at other times may be possible if personnel are available – stop by the visitor center and ask.) Photos may be brought in on disk, card, or on camera (bring your USB cable for connection to the computer). Contestants will be required to pre-select their photo entries before bringing them in for submission (time simply will not permit viewing or scanning your photos at our office.) You must know which photos you want to submit before coming to the visitor center.

E-mail your photos

Photo entries also may be e-mailed to the contest at this email.
All e-mailed photos MUST be sent as attachments and not embedded in the message. All e-mailed photos must arrive by 10 a.m. Sunday.

Shooting with Print Film

If you wish to shoot print film, and have it developed at a one hour processor, the digital copies or scans of those prints may be entered in this contest. Simply bring in the disk you get from the developer or get the scanned images to us in one of the above formats (if scanning photos please save in JPG format.)

No matter how you submit your photos, they must be received by 10 a.m. Sunday.


1. All photos must depict actual scenes of this year’s event!
2. Photos must depict the “spirit” of the Rendezvous. Photos should be of scenes and individuals not available outside of the Rendezvous. Photos of buildings, scenery, etc. will not fair well in competition.
3. Posed photos of individuals are discouraged especially those which could be staged anytime and do not incorporate the happenings of the event.

Categories for photos will remain the same as for previous years.

  • • Best of Show

  • • Best Human Interest

  • • Best of 18th Century

  • • Military

  • • Best of People of the Rendezvous

  • • Best Photo Youth Category (age 15 and younger)
    • Best Youth Military photo
    • Best Youth 18th Century photo
    • Five Honorable Mentions also will be named.


All photos will be shown in the National Park Service visitor center auditorium at 4 p.m. Sunday and awards will be presented to those judged who have taken the best photos of the Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous. The organizers of the contest reserve the right to change the date and time of the awards ceremony should problems arise. The Spirit of Vincennes, Inc., National Park Service, and the Vincennes Historical and Antiquarian Society will retain the right to use any image submitted for competition. Photos may be used for publication, promotion or for other purposes.

Helpful Hints for digital photos

Photos will be viewed and shown using a digital projector. Low resolution digital images do not fair well in this medium – shoot photos at a minimum of 1 million bytes, (3 million is minimum recommended resolution).

Watch your focus, most digital cameras auto-focus on the center of the view area. If you are shooting something not centered it can appear out of focus.

If shooting something close up be sure to use the macro setting. Most digital cameras do not focus well for close up without this feature.

Your comments and suggestions about the contest, rules, etc. are appreciated.

For more information or to provide suggestions about the contest contact Tom Gillingham at our email



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