Last days to participate to the contest. The Palace of Versailles is holding a photography contest on Instagram with the hashtag #GrandesEaux from 17th June to 30th August 2019.

Follow @chateauversailles on Instagram

The "Grandes eaux"

Every years, during summer, Musical gardens, Musical fountains shows and Night fountains shows reveal the magnificence of Versailles’ gardens. Since the reign of Louis XIV, these shows  bring Le Nôtre's Gardens to life and make us live the most somptuous times of the Estate. Fountains, fireworks, details and perspectives, capture your vision of water in the Sun King’s gardens.

The contest

How the contest runs

  1. Follow the Instagram account: @chateauversailles 
  2. Publish your photos using  #GrandesEaux
  3. Identify the Palace’s account @chateauversailles  in each photo

A jury composed of Catherine Pégard, President of the Public Establishment of the Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles, the Palace of Versailles' professional photographers and the @chateauversailles Instagram team will select 12 winning photos (from 12 different participants). The winning shots will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • compatibility with the theme of “Grandes Eaux” (fountains shows)
  • technical quality of the photo
  • originality of approach and artistic value

The 12 winning photos will be published on the @chateauversailles Instagram account and on

The 12 winners will be invited to a photography session and stroll in the form of an InstaMeet during a special evening event on the 3rd of October 2019 from 6:30 pm to 9:30pm. Accompanied by the Palace’s team of instagramers, they will have the opportunity to photograph iconic locations of the Palace, with the option to invite one guest of their choosing.

Prizes and regulations

©EPV/Thomas Garnier

©EPV/Thomas Garnier

©EPV/Thomas Garnier

©EPV/Thomas Garnier

©EPV/Thomas Garnier

©EPV/Thomas Garnier

©EPV/Thomas Garnier

©EPV/Thomas Garnier

fountains shows and musical gardens


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