The Darien Arts Center hosts an annual smartphone photo contest

DARIEN — Local amateur photographers with smartphones and artistic vision can put their photography skills to the test at the Darien Arts Center’s 2022 annual “Pic Darien” Photo Contest.

Now in its seventh year, the competition will be open for entries until March 18. All photos must be taken with a smartphone but there are no composition criteria alongside that, said Emily Altman, the center’s director of visual arts.

There will be multiple winning entries, with early winners winning cash prizes of $100.

“We’re always looking to see how the community can show their creativity,” Altman said. “It’s a way to capture an everyday moment and then see the creativity in it and share it with people, when otherwise it might just sit on your phone. be a self-proclaimed photographer to participate and even win a prize.

The 2021 competition garnered more than 400 entries of all ages, Altman said.

There is no age limit, although participants must enter either as a student, aged 17 and under, or as an adult, aged 18 and over. The contest entry fee is $10 per photo and multiple entries are permitted.

Photos must fall into one of eight broad categories: Nature & Flowers, Family & Friends, Food & Drink, Abstract & Architecture, Landscapes, Seascapes, Travel, Pets. There will be two winning photos per category, one student and one adult.

Entrants are not required to live in Darien and photos do not need to be taken in Darien. Eight local residents – including business owners and elected officials – will serve as judges. As in previous years, the competition will be judged blind without the judges knowing the identity of the competitors.

“It’s a pretty flexible and open competition,” Altman said. “We just want people to share their lives.”

The winning entries will be announced on April 8 at

To learn more about contest submission and guidelines, visit or call 203-655-8683.

William E. Bennett