CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville architecture firm Bushman-Dreyfus Architects is honoring eight community artists as part of the 2019 BDA awards.

Nearly 70 artists submitted paintings and photographs this year, and a panel of Charlottesville architects, artists, and photographers selected seven winners.

At the Tom Tom Festival on Wednesday, April 10, the winners were announced and community members got a chance to vote for an eighth “People’s Choice" winner.

The theme of the contest was “Invisible Charlottesville," and each submission displayed invisible qualities, systems, or stories that are central to Charlottesville's identity.

“We just wanted to be able to have the folks of Charlottesville to be able to speak about who we are and what the perceptions may be - what’s something hidden of our city that people may not know about,” Tim Tessier, a partner with Bushman-Dreyfus, said.

The eight winners each took home a $1,000 prize, and their submissions will be displayed on large banners throughout the city later this spring.