We are happy to announce the return of our smartphone photography contest fundraiser, Pic Darien. In 2016, its first year, this well-received contest garnered almost 400 entries from contestants of all ages from places as far away as California, Tennessee and Washington D.C.!

The contest is open to all; there are no age restrictions and contestants are not required to live in Darien. Photos do not need to be taken in Darien.

Professional artist Miggs Burroughs, will judge the show, with lead sponsorship by David and Rebecca Ashcraft. Gold sponsors for the contest are Pam Heckel and Jessie Gilbert, with Silver sponsorship from Sarah Ritchey and professional photographer John Gallagher.

An Award and Reveal Reception open to the public, with refreshments and a slide show of all photo contest entries, will take place at the DAC Weatherstone Studio on Friday, March 17th.

For questions, call the DAC at (203) 655-8683.  


The 2017 Pic Darien contest is now closed. Check back next year!

Take a look at the 2016 Pic Darien contest photos in this video.


  • Enter smartphone photos as:
    • A child, ages 10 and under
    • A student, ages 11 - 17
    • An adult, ages 18 and over 
  • In any of five categories: People/Pets, Nature, Travel, Food and Humor 
  • Entry fees: $25 to enter up to 2 photos, contestants may enter multiple times by using a different email address
  • Cash prizes: First Place and Honorable Mention Prizes will be awarded in all five categories
    • 1st Place Adult = $100
    • 1st Place Student = $50
    • 1st Place Child = $25
    • Honorable Mention Adult = $50
    • Honorable Mention Student = $25
    • Honorable Mention Child = $15
  • Family-friendly subject matter: The Pic Darien committee reserves the right to reject any work they determine to be unsuitable for this contest