"Why I Wear A Mask" Photo Contest

With the pandemic continuing to keep us sheltered-in-place, we are asking our young Union City residents to help communicate why it’s so important to wear a mask to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

The submission period for the photo contest has ended. Check out the winning photos here!


Winners will be selected by judge Don Feria. Don is a freelance editorial and commercial photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work has been commissioned for Nike, Forbes magazine, Fortune, Stanford University, University of Oregon, Arizona State University, Tesla, Apple, REI, the Discovery Channel, and Kaiser Permanente, to name a few.  


First place will receive: $100

Second place will receive: $75

Third place will receive: $50

The top three winners will have their images professionally blown up and printed, to be presented during Mayor Dutra-Vernaci's annual State of the City address in October. Winning images will also be used in the City’s public service announcements and citywide newsletters during COVID-19.  

Photography Usage: 

The City of Union City reserves the right to use photographs or digital images of submitted photos for the purpose of publicity. 

Important Deadlines: 

August 17: Contest is open for submissions 

September 14, 6:00 pm: Submission Deadline 

September 18: Winners announced 

October: Winning photos presented during State of the City address