The city wants to recognize residents and business owners who have improved their properties, and made Hagerstown a better place to live, work and visit.
Melissa K. Hynes, a city planner, said people can nominate themselves, other residents or business owners to the Hagerstown Beautification Advisory Committee at City Hall.
The winners will be recognized during a Hagerstown City Council meeting at the end of August.
"People who put a little extra into their property deserve attention," she said. "The city would like to recognize them."
Hynes said the private residence competition has four categories: single-family, duplex, town house and apartment.
The committee will select a winner from the north, south, east and west ends of town, and two winners from the downtown to vie for the grand prize, she said. Those same areas will be represented in the business competition: general retail, restaurant/pub, business service and professional office.
No decisions have been made yet about the prizes.