A Free Community Photo Show Is Coming To The Presidio On September 1

Jamie Ferrell Jamie Ferrell

A Free Community Photo Show Is Coming To The Presidio On September 1

After receiving over 7,000 entries, the Presidio has chosen 400 photographs to display at a massive outdoor installation!

San Francisco’s famous Presidio has opened up an exciting, wholesome photo show called “My Park Moment,” where community members contribute their favorite photo of a special park memory. They received 7,000 entries for the photo contest, and ended up selecting 400 of the best shots by professional photographers, park lovers, and kids. You can enjoy them at a free, family-friendly outdoor installation starting Wednesday, September 1!

This wholesome photo show is a chance to celebrate our love for parks, and photographers are also eligible for awards in a variety of categories. The categories are “Community Snapshots – Adult” for anyone 18 and over, “Community Snapshots – Youth” for anyone under 18, and “Visual Story Award” for photographers who submitted a larger set of photographs that tell a visual story.

You can attend Opening Day on September 1 from 12pm-6pm on the Main Parade Lawn. The photographs are displayed in 4 different locations around the area.

The Presidio’s “My Park Moment” photo contest is part of an initiative to highlight Presidio Tunnel Tops, a new open public space coming to the area in spring 2022. When an above-ground highway that cut through the Presidio was turned into a tunnel, the Presidio gained a new space on the route to the Golden Gate Bridge, and started developing their latest public space in 2014. The photo contest is presented by Partnership for the Presidio, Photoville, the Presidio Trust, the National Parks Service, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

The Presidio is one of San Francisco’s famous parks, located on a former military post. The city of San Francisco began from this point in 1776 when Spain established a military fort there. Prior to their colonization, Native American tribes including the Ohlone, Chochenyo, Karkin, Ramaytush, Yokuts, and Muwekma tribes inhabited the Bay Area for thousands of years.


Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821, taking control of the post and establishing the Yerba Buena pueblo, which later became San Francisco. It was in 1846 that the Presidio became a U.S. Army post, serving generations of soldiers until 1994, when it became a national park site complete with museums, public art, grassy fields, and much more.

This historic park is an essential spot for people who love to get in touch with nature. Be sure to see our list of the Presidio’s hidden treasures to help you plan your visit!


Featured image: Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash  

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