2021 Photography Competition

Welcome to the 2021 The Presence of the Past Photography Competition.  This is the first in what we hope becomes regular Then & Now Photo Competition exhibits. This year Napa County Historical Society has selected eighteen (18) historic landmarks from throughout Napa County, across nine (9) categories.  Each category has historic images for two (2) landmark buildings.  The challenge for modern photographers is to capture the aesthetics of a chosen landmark as it exists or does not exist today.  

The guidelines for submission are available online and pertain to both the Senior and Junior divisions.  Participants can submit up to four (4) modern images for the show.  All submissions will be juried and selected images will be mounted and hung alongside the historic images in the Jess Doud Gallery for the duration of the exhibit.  The judging rubric is also available, and once again applies to both Senior and Junior divisions.

All interested photographers please follow the guidelines and register here on the Napa County Historical Society website. Please be advised that some of the landmarks are on private property. We recommend making an appointment with property owners or administrators.

List of Categories

Competition Guidelines and Judging Rubric

Category 1: Bridges

First Street Bridge


First Street, Napa

Category 2: Businesses

Sawyer Tannery


68 Coombs Street, Napa

Bale Grist Mill


St. Helena Highway, St. Helena

Category 3: Churches

Grace Episcopal


1314 Spring Street, St. Helena

First Presbyterian


1333 Third Street, Napa

Category 5: Homes

Noyes Mansion


1750 First Street, Napa

Tubbs Residence

Circa 1882

38.605668,-122.596204 Calistoga

Category 4: Hospitals

Napa State Hospital


Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa

Veteran’s Home


260 California Drive, Yountville

Category 6: Hotels

Alexandria Hotel


840-844 Brown Street, Napa

Brannan Cottages


1712 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga

109 Wappo Avenue, Calistoga

1311 Cedar Street, Calistoga

Category 7: Resorts

Aetna Springs


1621 Aetna Springs Road, Pope Valley

Soda Springs


Soda Canyon Road, Napa

Category 8: Schools

Napa Union High School


2425 Jefferson Street, Napa

St. Helena High School


473 Main Street, St. Helena

Category 9: Wineries

Competition Guidelines and Judging Rubric

We are accepting photographs taken within the last 10 years. If you are going to submit a photo taken during the competition period, we recommend you call ahead due to pandemic restrictions.

Link to Guidelines

Link to Rubric