In celebration of National Historic Preservation Month, historic Denver invites the Mile High Community to submit their best photos of unsung ancient locations in the city as part of its annual photo contest. The theme for this year’s competition is “What Are the Unknown Stories of Denver?” and photos are accepted until May 31st.

“Historic Denver hopes the community will bring together spaces, special architecture, bridges, parks, and public art, as well as the people they love or the absence of people that mark this historic moment. The submissions give viewers a deeper understanding of the city’s architecture and the way the community perceives historical places and neighborhoods. From everyday cell phone camera users to professional photographers, historic Denver welcomes a wide range of beautiful images that capture the magic of Denver, ”the nonprofit said in a press release.

As submissions come in later this month, historic Denver will post notable photo entries on its Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. The photo that attracts the most likes will receive the Fan Favorite Award. Historic Denver will also choose several Grand Prize Winnergetting a private walking tour of Larimer Square with friends and family and a free one-year membership in historic Denver.

Photo by Karson Hallaway

Founded in 1970, Historic Denver is a city conservation non-profit organization responsible for saving notable landmarks from demolition, including the Molly Brown House, Paramount Theater, and the LoDo Historic District. This year’s competition is also a celebration of the 50th year of corporate governance.

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Contestants are welcome to submit photos they’ve taken in the past, but they can also go out and capture the scenes from here and now. If you choose the latter, historic Denver expects you to adhere to coronavirus-related safety measures in place in your community. In the current nationwide phase of home security, people can gather in groups of less than 10 people in public, should be no more than 10 miles from their home, physically separated from each other, and wear face coverings. Denver’s stay at home order – prohibiting unnecessary trips – lasts until May 8th. After being picked up, the Denverites must continue to wear a mask in public. Check here to see if your Colorado county has extended the stay at home order.

Email your photos to the Historic Denver 2020 Photo Contest [email protected].