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2nd Annual 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 2nd Annual 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.

View the 2015 Winning and Honorable Mention images on our website. These images are also featured in the 2016 Spring/Summer edition of Nature's Best Photography magazine.

CONTEST OPEN FROM JUNE 1 THROUGH SEPT. 12, 2016

CREATE PHOTO CONTEST ACCOUNT

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RULES AND PRIZES: Get all the details on the Entry Guidelines and Prizes 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. 

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.

*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 $10 US to enter up to 20 photos per entry.

GRANTS AND AWARDS: Grants and awards will be sent after the final selection of winners has been made in spring of 2017. Winning images will also be featured in a cover story of the next Spring/Summer issue of Nature’s Best Photography magazine, displayed in an exhibition at the Old Faithful Haynes Photo Shop in Yellowstone National Park, and will appear in online galleries and multimedia presentations. See the Entry Guidelines and Prizes PDF for more info. 

RULES AND JUDGING: The winning images will be selected for technical quality, originality, artistic merit, and overall appeal. Entries are carefully reviewed and selected by the Judging Panel of experts in photography, publishing, education, and conservation:

Tom Murphy: A world-renowned nature and wildlife photographer, Tom spends approximately 100 days per year in Yellowstone National Park, and his love of the park is evident in his inspired images and in his continuing generosity to the Yellowstone Park Foundation.
Steve Freligh: Editor-in Chief and Publisher of Nature's Best Photography magazine and Director of the Windland Smith Rice International Awards.

UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS ONLINE FROM JUNE 1 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 12 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 and Prizes PDF) with ALL information followed and filled out. 

MAIL ENTRIES (POSTMARKED BY SEPT. 12) 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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