Photography at Cantigny Park

Casual and serious photographers alike find plenty of opportunities at Cantigny. Beautiful scenery, stunning gardens and colorful special events are just the beginning. Architectural and historical features may capture your attention as well. Visits to the park during all four seasons and at different times of day extend the possibilities. Share your very best images and enter Cantigny in Focus, our annual photography contest for amateurs.

Photo and Video Guidelines

Cantigny requires portrait photographers to purchase a permit for their session(s). The permit does not include access to buildings for the purpose of photography. Commercial photo, video and film shoots are permitted on the grounds, but must be arranged at least one week in advance of the shoot. Please contact Visitor Services for policies and fees at 630.668.5161 or click the button below.

Photo and Video Guidelines

Annual Photo Contest

Our “Cantigny in Focus” competition is a chance for amateur photographers to show off their best images of Cantigny Park and Cantigny Golf. Every year, judges choose 20 photographs for display on this website and inside the Visitors Center — images that best depict what Cantigny is all about. The 20 honored photographers receive a free annual membership to the park. Cantigny visitors vote for their favorite photos from the 20 on display. The top three vote-getters receive a prize.

Photo Contest

Photo Donations

As a non-profit organization, we are grateful for donations of any kind, including photographic submissions.

Donate Images

Wedding Photography

Photographing a Wedding? Visit our Wedding Photography page for more information.