Photo & Art Contest: Eagles and Life on the Illinois River

Sponsored by Chillicothe Public Library, Chillicothe Park District, Chillicothe Optimist Club, Galena Road Gravel, Chillicothe Rotary Club

2023 Contest Details


January 3-28 | Contest entries accepted at Chillicothe Public Library

February 4-9 | Voting open for People’s Choice Award

February 4-23 | All entries on display at Chillicothe Public Library (winning entries displayed at Shore Acres Feb 11)

February 11 | Eagle Watch Breakfast at Shore Acres Clubhouse (100 Park Blvd, Chillicothe)

  • 7:00-10:00 am — Winning contest entries on display
  • 10:00 am — Photo & Art Contest award ceremony

Feb 27–Mar 11 | Pick up contest entries at Chillicothe Public Library. After March 11, unclaimed entries will be disposed of.


1. Contest categories are “Eagles” and “Life on the Illinois River.”

2. Photo entries must be prints, either color or black and white. Up to two (2) photo prints may be entered for each category.

3. Photos must have been taken along the Illinois River and must be the contestant’s original work.

4. Art entries must be two-dimensional. One (1) artwork may be entered. Contestant must choose either the “Eagles” OR the “Life on the Illinois River” category.

5. Entry dimensions must be 5”x7” minimum to 11”x17” maximum.

6. Entries must be mounted on a rigid backing: foam core, matte board, or something similar. (No frames.) The mounting board should be 8”x10” minimum to 16”x20” maximum.

7. No names may be on the front of the entry.

8. All entries must be properly identified by attaching the entry form to the BACK of the piece, in the upper left corner. (Use the entry form in this brochure, or pick one up at the library when dropping off your entry.)

9. Once an image wins, it cannot ever be reentered.

10. All entries must be received by Chillicothe Public Library no later than Saturday, January 28, 2023.

By virtue of submitting an entry, entrant certifies the work as their own and permits sponsors to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to this exhibition. This may include low resolution posting on a website. The exhibition assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright.



A panel of judges will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in four categories:

  • Photography: Eagles
  • Photography: Life on the Illinois River
  • Artwork, Ages 13-18
  • Artwork, Ages 19 & up


One entry will be chosen by public vote for this award. Voting will take place February 4-9 at Chillicothe Public Library.


All winning entries will be on display at Shore Acres Clubhouse during Chillicothe Rotary Club’s Eagle Watch Breakfast on February 11, 2023, from 7:00 – 10:00 am. Winners will receive their awards at a special recognition ceremony at 10:00 am.

For more information about the Eagle Watch Breakfast, please visit