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Yellowstone Forever Photo Contest

Celebrating the World’s First National Park Through the Art of Photography

The Yellowstone Park Foundation and Nature’s Best Photography magazine announce the launch of the new Yellowstone Forever Photo Contest! This competition will document and celebrate the world’s first national park through the art of photography and public participation. Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park covers more than 2.2 million acres. Home to an amazing variety of wildlife, geothermal features, and vast wilderness the park inspires millions of visitors to take pictures and share their experiences. See the PRESS RELEASE PDF.

*Read our exclusive interview with NPB co-founder and publisher, Steve Freligh, about the joys of photographing Yellowstone and tips for entering the contest.

CONTEST OPEN FROM JUNE 1 THROUGH SEPT. 10, 2015

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RULES: Get all the details on the Entry Guidelines PDF.

ABOUT:  “As we join in the celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial Anniversary in 2016, our goal is to focus on the diverse flora and fauna of Yellowstone National Park through the eyes of park visitors,” says Karen Bates Kress, President of the Yellowstone Park Foundation. "What they have witnessed over the years and the photographs they have taken will surely result in a remarkable body of work.” 

WHO: Photographers at all levels of expertise may enter.

Professional (earned $5,000 or more last year from photography) 
Amateur (earned less than $5,000 last year from photography)
Youth (18 and under)


ENTER PHOTOS IN THESE CATEGORIES:

WILDLIFE: Wild animals (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, etc.) including portraits, behavior, predation, and adults with young. *Note: Photos of captive animals ARE NOT accepted. Click here for the full list of species.

LANDSCAPES: Dramatic waterfalls, erupting geysers, expansive mountain views, and the many thermal features of Yellowstone. Plant life (flowers, trees, and other flora) close-ups, wide-open vistas, storms, sunrises, and sunsets.

YELLOWSTONE ADVENTURE: People enjoying nature. Adventurers, hikers, backpackers, campers and other outdoor activities like horseback riding, river rafting, climbing, and even other photographers in action. See the park's website to find the many Things to Do within the park.

MOBILE: This category is FREE if you are entering images that were ALL created on a mobile phone or tablet (open to photographers at any level of expertise with photos of any of the above three subjects).


*All entrants should read and follow Yellowstone National Park's safety tips (see links at right) and the Rules and Regulations


ENTRY FEES: 

Pro and Amateur, $25 US to enter up to 20 photos per entry.
Youth $15 US to enter up to 20 photos per entry.
Mobile category is free to enter up to 20 images from any of the three subject categories (open to all levels of photographer).

CASH AND PRIZES: Cash and Prizes will be awarded after the final selection of winners has been made in January, 2016. Winning images will also be featured in a cover story of Nature’s Best Photography magazine and displayed in a large format print exhibition at the Old Faithful Haynes Photo Shop in Yellowstone National Park, and will appear in online galleries and multimedia presentations. See guidelines for more info.

RULES AND JUDGING: All photos must be taken within the officlal boundaries of Yellowstone National Park. There is no date restriction on when your photographs were taken. Photos from the past and present are welcome. The winning images will be selected for technical quality, originality, artistic merit, and overall appeal. All entries will be reveiwed by the Judging Panel of experts in photography, publishing, education, and conservation: Tom Murphy, professional nature photographer; Steve Freligh, publisher of Nature’s Best Photography magazine and Director of the Nature’s Best Photography International Awards; and Annie Griffiths Belt, one of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic and director of Ripple Effect Images.

UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS ONLINE FROM JUNE 1 THROUGH SEPT. 10 OR YOU MAY ENTER BY MAIL:
If entering by mail be sure to send your digital photo files along with the Entry Fee, completed Photo Contest Entry Form (See Entry Guidelines PDF) with ALL information followed and filled out. 

MAIL ENTRIES (POSTMARKED BY SEPT. 10) TO:

Yellowstone Forever
Nature’s Best Photography
1930 Isaac Newton Square, Suite 200C
Reston, Va 20190, USA 
NBP phone for courier: 703-467-9783  

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