Natchez ‘Sunset Capital of the South’ launches monthly amateur photo contest

Published 11:55 am Thursday, May 2, 2024

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NATCHEZ – Amateur photographers can win $500 in a new monthly photo contest celebrating the beauty of Natchez’s river bluff sunsets.

The contest is sponsored by the City of Natchez and ArtsNatchez.

Running for a full year, from May 1, 2024, to April 30, 2025, this contest offers locals and tourists the chance to win a monthly cash prize of $500 by submitting their best shots of Natchez’s breathtaking river view sunsets. From the shimmering waters of the Mississippi River to the historic architecture that graces the city skyline, Natchez provides endless opportunities for photographers to capture stunning images.

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“We invite everyone to join us in celebrating Natchez’s stunning nightly spectacle through our monthly ‘Sunset Capital of The South’  photo contest,” said Mayor Dan Gibson. “Natchez sunsets are truly a sight to behold, and we look forward to seeing the creativity and talent of our community on display.”

Participants are encouraged to submit photos showcasing various aspects of Natchez at the Magic Sunset Hour, including the river, bridge, bandstand, Under the Hill, people, pets, events, aerial views, and more. All submissions will be publicized, allowing photographers to share their work with a broader audience and contribute to promoting Natchez as a premier destination.

Each month, a winner will be selected by a panel of judges chosen by Arts Natchez, a local arts organization dedicated to promoting creativity and cultural enrichment in the community. While professional photographers are welcome to submit to the showcase, they are not eligible for cash prizes.

“Through this contest, we aim to highlight Natchez’s greatest asset – its stunning sunsets – and showcase the talent and creativity of our residents,” said Leon Hollis of Arts Natchez, representing Arts Natchez. “The Bluff is not just a great spot for a photo op — it’s the evening gathering to reflect, stroll, and chat with old and new friends.”

To enter the contest and for more information on submission guidelines, please visit or contact Leon Hollis, Arts Natchez at (601) 334-0987.