The blue Roebling Suspension Bridge spans the Ohio River in springtime with views of Smale Park

You’ve seen it on film in Oscar-winning movies like Rain Man, but now is your chance to capture the beauty of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge with your own camera for the Roebling Bridge Photography Contest, hosted by the Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee (CCSBC).

The Contest

Underway now through July 31, the contest invites photographers across three skill levels — amateurs, professionals and youth — to submit their images in one of three different categories — daytime photo, nighttime photo or “open” — to win the grand prize of a trip to the top of the bridge’s south tower for a photoshoot, or, in the case of those under 18, a $100 gift card.

The public will vote from Aug. 15-22 to decide the best entries. Two people from each level will win in each category for a total of six winners.   

“This contest celebrates the art, architecture, history and engineering of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, a National Historic Landmark and a National Civil Engineering Landmark,” says David Wetzel, membership director of the CCSBC.

How to Enter

To enter the contest, the CCSBC lists these entry guidelines on

  • The contest is accepting photographs that include the Roebling Bridge in the Daytime and Nighttime categories, and AI generated images, short videos or other creative entries that include the Roebling Bridge in the Open category. 
  • Enter one to three contest entries for a total $25 entry fee.
  • Youth entries are free!
  • Each participant will receive free newsletters from the Roebling Bridge Committee and have the option to participate in committee proceedings and events.
  • Each participant will receive one print. Either one 8" X 10" print or one 8" X 12" print depending on the dimensions of the image.
  • Winners will be announced on this website and the winners will be contacted.

CCSBC Vice President, Allison Rotella, says the new “open” category expands the contest and “will allow for creations such as short videos and AI-generated art of the Roebling Suspension Bridge.”

The Prizes

Those in the amateur and professional categories can win an hour-long photoshoot from the top of the bridge’s south tower. The state of Kentucky does not permit those under 18 on the tower, so youth winners will receive a $100 gift card and do not have to pay the $25 entry fee.

Winners will also receive their prized photo in a 16x20 print from Madison Photo Works.

“This is a way we can encourage the next generation of artists,” says Sherry Roth, president of the CCSBC.

The Bridge

The beautiful and bright blue Roebling Suspension Bridge, which connects Cincinnati, Ohio to Covington, Kentucky, was constructed between 1856 and 1866 at a cost of 1.8 million dollars. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1975, it served as an engineering prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge and today is a beloved and well-traversed regional landmark.

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