Doors Open Buffalo Update: Photo Contest

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Doors Open Buffalo 2021 Photo Contest Announcement!

Celebrate Buffalo architecture & Doors Open Buffalo 2021! Whether you’re an experienced photographer, or just enjoy grabbing your phone to capture an image, join us to show off Buffalo’s best buildings. Enter for a chance to win Explore Buffalo Explorer Pass Memberships and Walking Tour Passes.

Photo submissions will be displayed on Explore Buffalo’s website homepage and social media. Winners will be displayed on the website in October after the judges have chosen the “Best” photograph in each category. Show off your work and the buildings featured on Doors Open Buffalo 2021, presented by Explore Buffalo!

Contest Categories & Deadlines:

  • Full Building Exterior
  • Building Interior
  • Architecture Detail (Exterior or Interior)
  • Event-Day Smartphone Photo

Submit now through August 31 for category 1: Full Building Exterior! Categories 2-4 can be submitted anytime between September 25-October 1. So come downtown on September 25th 10am-4pm for Doors Open Buffalo 2021 to get interior access to 30+ buildings and enter your photos! Participants can submit 1 photo per category.

Please note that photo entries will be judged based on creativity, quality, originality, and theme of Doors Open Buffalo both interior and exterior. All photographs submitted must be the original work of the maker.


  • An award for “Best” in all four categories will be given, as well as honorable mentions.
  • The winner of “Best” in each category will win an Explorer Pass Family Level Membership & honorable mentions will win 4-Walking Tour Passes.
  • All winners will be contacted via email and announced on Explore Buffalo’s Facebook & Instagram accounts on October 31st.

Submission Guidelines:

  • File must be approximately 600 x 450 px or larger
  • File name format: LastName_FirstName_BuildingName_Category
  • 1 photo submission per category
  • Submit your photos to

All photographers retain their rights to their photographs, however, by entering the Doors Open Buffalo 2021 Photo Contest, participants are agreeing to allow Explore Buffalo to use submissions for marketing and promotional purposes for this contest, Doors Open Buffalo, and Explore Buffalo through social media, print media, and digital platforms. All photographs reproduced or published will include photographer credits.

For more information or email submission, please contact Olivia McCarthy at