2021 Photo Contest Winners

2021 Winners From left to right: 2nd Place Winner, Annie O'Leary; 1st Place Winner, Jason Deckman; and 3rd Place Winner, Wes Albanese.

2019 Photo Contest Winners

1st Place Terry Rascoe Hawn & Arcadia, 2nd Place Terry Rascoe Santa Fe Depot & 3rd Place Jupe Feed Company Silos

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Architectural Appreciation

5th Annual Temple Community Treasures Visual Arts Contest

The Temple Main Street Program sponsors the 5th Annual Temple Community Treasures Visual Arts Contest. We are conducting this contest as part of Temple’s observance of National Preservation Month, which is May, and the contest's purpose is to draw community attention to the importance of protecting and preserving our historic buildings.

The rules of the contest are simple:

Photo Contest

  •  Select a building in Temple that you think is historic and appealing as a photo subject. There is no set definition of "historic" for this contest - choose an older building somewhere in Temple.
  • Photograph the building
  • All entries must be printed at 8”x10” size and framed in a frame no larger than 11”x14”.
  • Write the following on the back of your photo entry:
  • Your name, phone number, e-mail address, name or address of the building [if possible] must be clearly legible.
  • Contestants may submit up to 3 entries.
  • Submissions are open January 1 - March 31, 2023
  • This contest is open to all skill levels, to all ages, and to both professionals and amateurs.
  • The 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners of this contest will receive prize ribbons.     
  • All winners will be honored and recognized during May, designated National Preservation Month, and we will work with local museums to have them displayed as an exhibit.
  • Photo-Shopped images will not be eligible, and images with the following features will not be eligible: composite images (blended exposures, focus stacking), cutting and pasting of sections of other images, cloning or creating objects, or excessive blurring or excessive darkening.

Digital photograph entries will also be accepted. Digital entries will be judged separately from the framed entries and the sole winner of the digital photo contest will receive a 1st Place ribbon and be featured on social media. For more information about how to submit a digital entry or about the contest generally, please call Temple Main Street Manager Dan Kelleher at (254) 298-5378 or e-mail him at dkelleher@templetx.gov.

The 2nd Annual Temple Community Treasures Painting Contest

The rules of the contest are simple:

  • Select a building in Temple that is historic and appealing as a painting subject. There is no set definition of "historic" for this contest - choose an older building somewhere in Temple.
  • Create a painting or sketch of the building. Paintings created either in a studio or Plein air will be accepted, as will paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, pen & ink, pastel, or mixed media.
  • Painting entries must not be larger than 16 x 20, and entrants must frame them and make them ready to hang with a wire hanger that the entrants will provide. Jagged hook hangers will not be accepted. All entries must be framed in a frame that is no more than 3 inches larger than the painting itself in either dimension, and any entries in the mediums of watercolor, pencil, pen & ink, and/or pastel must be framed with glass.
  • Submissions are open January 1- March 31, 2023.
  •  The 1st, 2nd & 3rd place painting winners will receive prize ribbons and cash prizes from our sponsor Susan Sterle. The cash prizes are as follows:

    1st Place - $300

    2nd Place - $200

    3rd Place - $100

All photographs & paintings submitted will be used in public displays for not more than six months – May-October and photographers should participate in this contest at their own risk. Neither the City of Temple, nor any other contest sponsor will be held responsible for lost or damaged photos or frames. The photographs/paintings will be returned to the contest entrants when these public displays have concluded. Contestants will be called and/or E-mailed about collecting their photograph(s). If repeated attempts are made to contact the artist and the artist fails to respond, the Temple Main Street Program reserves the right to dispose of any unclaimed contest entries. Also, by submitting a photo or painting, contestants give the City of Temple permission to use that photo in promotions. Such photos may be posted publically on Facebook or other social media, in print material, and/or public or private TV broadcasts.

Deliver your framed photo(s) or paintings to the Discover Downtown Temple Office in City Hall, 2 N. Main St., by 5 PM on Thurs., March 31, 2023.

For more information about the exhibit or contest, please call Temple Main Street Manager Dan Kelleher at (254) 298-5378 or e-mail him at dkelleher@templetx.gov.

2022 Contest Winners

2022 Temple Community Treasures Winners From left to right: Melanie Stokes, Kurt Ritterpusch, David Clemons, and Seth Sysum.  Annie O’Leary and Michael Maly are not pictured. 


The 2022 Winners are as follows:

1st Place Photo - Seth Sysym 

2nd Place Photo - Annie O'Leary

3rd Place - Michael Maly


1st Place Painting - Kurt Ritterpusch

2nd Place Painting - David Clemons

3rd Place Painting - Melanie Stokes