The Palace of Versailles is holding a photography contest on Instagram with the hashtag #VersaillesLight from 15 February to 15 May 2018. To take part, upload your best shots to your Instagram account.

Follow @chateauversailles on Instagram

light of Versailles

At daybreak in the Gardens of Versailles, sunbeams warm fountains and groves with their golden light, gently awaken sculptures and break through the somptuous windows of the Palace. An inexhaustible source of photographic inspiration, the Palace and Gardens of Versailles are full of surprises. This winter, and until May, capture the light at Versailles in all its magnificence and show us your favourites.


How the contest will be run

  1. Follow the Instagram account: @chateauversailles 
  2. Publish your photos using  #VersaillesLight
  3. Identify the Palace’s account 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 15 winning photos (from 15 different participants). The winning shots will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • compatibility with the theme of “The light of Versailles”,
  • technical quality of the photo,
  • originality of approach and artistic value.

The 15 winning photos will be published on the @chateauversailles Instagram account and on

The 15 winners will be invited to a photography session and stroll in the form of an InstaMeet during a special evening event on the 5th of June 2018 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. 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


Versailles Gardens App

Versailles Gardens App

The Palace of Versailles invites you to discover the gardens of Versailles, the symbols of French-style gardens and the masterpieces of their creator, André le Nôtre.

Palace of Versailles App

Palace of Versailles App

L’application de visite officielle du château de Versailles.