Rep. Windhorst Launches ‘Southern Illinois is Beautiful’ Photo Contest

METROPOLIS – State Representative Patrick Windhorst announced this week the launch of his first annual “Southern Illinois is Beautiful” photo contest. The 117th district State Representative says he is looking forward to a great first contest and is offering incentives for students and adults to participate. The contest will have two categories, students aged Kindergarten through age 21 and an adult category for those over the age of 21.

“I truly believe that Southern Illinois is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, and we just so happen to have a wealth of talented students and adults that I believe will make this first annual ‘Southern Illinois is Beautiful’ photo contest one to watch,” Windhorst said. “We’re asking folks to submit their best Southern Illinois photograph that captures the beauty of the region. We have a lot to be proud of right here in beautiful Southern Illinois!”

Contest photos should be submitted via email to by November 10, 2023 at midnight. Photo submissions must include the photographer’s name and the location of the photo located in Southern Illinois.

Three finalists will be chosen in each category. Finalist’s photos will be made available on Rep. Windhorst’s official Facebook page for voting. Voting will open on Tuesday, November 14th and last through Tuesday, November 28th at 5:00 PM. The photos earning the most likes and loves will be declared the winners.

Winning photos will be displayed in Rep. Windhorst’s Harrisburg and West Frankfort District Offices and his Springfield Capitol office. Winning contestants will receive an official certificate of congratulations from the Illinois House of Representatives. All photograph submissions MUST be the original work of the photographer.

More details can be found by visiting Rep. Windhorst’s official website at or by visiting Rep. Windhorst’s official Facebook page.