Lights, Camera, Illumination Photo Contest

Winter woods brought to life with innovative lights and projections


A one-of-a-kind experience, Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum features dazzling new elements and spellbinding lighting effects designed to showcase the beauty and gifts of trees. We want to see your photos from this wintertime walk for the chance to win great prizes!


How to enter

Share your original photo from the 2018-19 season of Illumination with #IlluminationTMA on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Photos must include the hashtag, and contest entrants must share publicly via social media within the time period of November 16, 2018, through January 2, 2019.


What happens next

Once the entry period has concluded, staff of The Morton Arboretum will select the top 10 submissions. These 10 images will be entered into the Lights, Camera, Illumination Photo Contest, and the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite.


How to vote

Voting will take place will take place Monday, January 7, through Sunday, January 13. Check back with us here for a link to the voting page, or keep an eye on our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages.


How to win

The person whose photo receives the most votes in the Lights, Camera, Illumination Photo Contest will take home an Arboretum prize package, which will include a complimentary one-year membership to The Morton Arboretum for two people valued at $95 (this can also be applied toward a membership renewal), a $100 Arboretum gift card, and nature-themed items from The Arboretum Store.


Additionally, all those who enter a photo with #IlluminationTMA will have the chance to win a $50 Arboretum gift card. The winner of this prize will be selected at random.


See complete contest rules.