USAG Bamberg Photo Contest


by Jessica Lipari, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

Looking for your best Hidden Gems of Europe picture

BAMBERG, Germany -- During your stay in Europe have you ventured off the beaten path to a location that you captured in a photo and want to share with the U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg community?

Well now is your chance as the USAG Bamberg Public Affairs Office is having a Hidden Gems of Europe Photo Contest.

We are looking for photos of your travels around Europe complete with a brief description highlighting the location. The information will be shared on the USAG Bamberg Facbook page and garrison webpage allowing fellow community members an opportunity to visit your hidden gem.

Soldiers, family members and Department of Defense employees are asked to submit their photos and brief description from Feb. 1 until Feb. 13 to Photos received after Feb. 13 will not be part of the contest.

The Public Affairs Office will then determine the top 10 submissions and post them in an album on the USAG Bamberg Facebook page by the morning of Feb. 15.

From Feb. 15-27, community members will be asked to help determine the top three photos. Winners will be selected based on the number of votes or “likes” the individual photo receives from other USAG Bamberg Facebook followers.

The Bamberg Spouses and Civilians’ Club has donated prizes for the top three winners of the contest. First place will receive a $100 Army and Air Force Exchange Services gift card, second place will receive a $50 AAFES gift card and third place will receive a $25 AAFES gift card.

The following picture and description has been provided as an example.


Photo By Jessica Lipari

The remains of the open-air theater that dates back to the 1700s, is one of the attractions visitors will see when they visit Sanspareil Rock Garden in Wonsees, Germany. The rock garden provides various paths for visitors to walk along and discover unique rock formations in a natural wooded area. Sanspareil is open all year and there is no admission to walk around the garden providing a great place for couples or families to visit to get out and spend some time walking around nature. From March until November, the Schlosscafe is open daily, excluding Mondays, where after a stroll through the rock garden visitors can stop and have a beverage and snack or a light meal. Also, across the way visitors will find the Zwernitz Castle which they can visit. This hidden gem is located between Bamberg and Bayreuth and the address for your GPS is Sanspareil 34, 96197 Wonsees.


U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg Photo Contest Rules

1. Photos that are submitted must include your name, contact information and how you are associated with the USAG Bamberg community. Contestants who submit photos without this information will not be considered as participants in the competition. Contestants must be 18 or older to participate.
2. Only one photo entry will be accepted per person during the contest.
3. All photos must be submitted with a brief description giving the location and what there is to do and see in the area.
4. Photos may only be submitted by emailing them to The subject line in the email should read “Hidden Gems of Europe.”
5. The USAG Bamberg Public Affairs Office will select the top 10 photos and place them in a album on the USAG Bamberg Facebook page.
6. Winners will be selected based on the number of votes or “likes” the individual photo receives from other USAG Bamberg Facebook followers that are within the album designated for the contest. Votes gained through reposting or sharing the photograph will not be tallied.
7. Photos should be submitted in high-resolution digital image files in JPEG (.jpg) format of no more than 5 megabytes and no less than 1 megabyte.
8. Photographs must not be digitally manipulated beyond cropping and minor corrections usch as red eye removal. High dynamic range images (HDR) and stitched panoramas are not acceptable. Black and white photos are acceptable. Photographs must not contain watermarks.
9. Submitted photos must meet the theme of the contest and be tasteful and abide by the posting policy guidance for the USAG Bamberg Facebook page.
10. When you submit a photo, you are verifying that you took the photo. The submission also represents, acknowledges and warrants that the photograph is an original work created solely by the participant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph.
11. USAG Bamberg PAO reserves the right to re-publish your photos for use within the contest or for promotional purposes.
12. Winners will be notified by email and reception of prizes will be coordinated with them. Their photos will be displayed on the USAG Bamberg Facebook page and website.
13. Photos that fail to meet the above listed requirements will not be eligible to participate in the competition. Entry into the contest implies contestants understand and agree to all the rules.