** The contest deadline has now passed. Winners will be announced on August 1, 2014. Thank you for your interest and participation! **

2014 "Capturing Wonderland" Photo Contest

Judged by renowned Yellowstone photographer, Tom Murphy

Official Contest Rules

WHAT:

The Yellowstone Park Foundation is seeking extraordinary photographs that highlight the wonders of Yellowstone, America’s first national park, in the following two categories:

Wildlife:
Wolves, bison, birds, bears and other wild animals in Yellowstone enchant visitors every year. With the largest concentration of free-roaming wildlife in the lower 48 states, you couldn’t ask for a better place to photograph such a wide variety of wild animals. Be sure to practice proper safety and keep an appropriate distance when photographing Yellowstone’s abundant wildlife.

Landscapes:
Whether a dramatic waterfall, expansive mountain vista, an erupting geyser, or one of the more than 10,000 thermal features in the Park, Yellowstone has an wealth of world-renowned landscapes for you to capture with your camera. What more can we say? Knock yourself out!

WHEN:

  • Deadline to enter: July 15, 2014
  • Winners announced: August 1, 2014

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  • Submit your photo through our Facebook contest page HERE. (Please note that you do NOT have to have a Facebook page to enter.)
  • Only submit photos that you have taken.
  • Submit photos in high resolution jpg format. Photo must be 3MB or smaller.
  • Maximum of one entry per category per person.

WHO:

  • This contest is open to amateur photographers who make less than 20% of their income through photography.
  • We definie a  professional photographer as an individual whose derives more than 20% of their total income from photography, whose main job is the practice and promotion of photography and who actively sells their images, their photographic services and/or expertise.

JUDGING:

  • Photos will be judged on originality, artistic composition, technical quality and photographic technique by renowned wilderness photographer,Tom Murphy.

PRIZES:

There will be a first, second and third place winner for each category and one overall contest Grand Prize winner. Winners will be notified via email and/or phone. Winners may be asked to provide full resolution files of their images.

Whether you’re a winner or not, it’s all about sharing your own Yellowstone experience and vision!

Grand Prize:

  • The brand new Canon 70D digital SLR kit w/ lens! ($1,500 value)
  • Winning image displayed prominently at the Old Faithful Haynes Photo Shop
  • Image featured on YPF’s eNewsletter, website, and social media
  • Yellowstone Park Foundation gear: t-shirt, water bottle, and more!

First Place:

  • A $250 gift card to REI
  • Winning image displayed prominently at the Old Faithful Haynes Photo Shop
  • Image featured on YPF’s eNewsletter, website, and social media
  • Yellowstone Park Foundation gear: t-shirt, water bottle, and more!

Second Place:

Third Place:

  • A signed copy of Tom Murphy's beautiful book of Yellowstone images, "The Abundance of Summer."
  • Yellowstone Park Foundation gear: t-shirt, water bottle, and more!
  • Image featured on YPF’s eNewsletter, website, and social media

RULES:

  • This contest is open to amateur photographers who make less than 20% of their income through photography.
  • We define a professional photographer as an individual who derives more than 20% of their total income from photography, whose main job is the practice and promotion of photography and who actively sells their images, their photographic services and/or expertise.
  • Photo must be taken within Yellowstone National Park.
  • Photo may be from any year.
  • Must be at least 13 years of age or older as of May 1, 2014.
  • All images entered may be used in the promotion of the "Capturing Wonderland" photo contest.
  • All photos must accurately reflect the subject matter as it appeared in the viewfinder. Nothing should be added to an image, and aside from dust spots, nothing should be taken away (some cropping is acceptable), Basic exposure and tone adjustments are acceptable.
  • Do not break any Yellowstone National Park laws or rules of federal lands.
  • Photographs must be taken by you, and you must have the rights to the photo.
  • Past and current employees of the Yellowstone Park Foundation are not eligible to win prizes.
  • Current employees of Yellowstone National Park are not eligible to win prizes.
Questions:

Legal Disclaimers

No donation or obligation of any kind by an entrant is necessary to win. Any donation made by you will not increase your chances of winning.

  1. General: Ownership and copyright of ALL ENTRIES remain with the photographer. Images that have won previous YPF photo contests are ineligible. Participation in the contest grants YPF unlimited and non-exclusive use for YPF publications, website, products and other uses to promote YPF’s work. By entering the contest you warrant that you have not granted exclusive rights to all or any part of your entry to another person or entity. You also warrant that your entry does not invade the right of privacy of any individual; does not infringe on any trademark, trade name, trade secret, intellectual property right, or other common law or statutory right. Rules are subject to change.
  2. Limitation of Liability: YPF is not responsible for errors of any kind in any contest-related matters. If, for any reason, the contest is not capable of running as planned, or infection by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, actions of entrants, technical failures, or any other cause corrupts or infects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest, YPF reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and/or to cancel or suspend the contest at their sole discretion.
  3. Release from Liability: By entering, participants release and hold harmless YPF, its affiliated organizations, and each of their directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents and representative from any and all liability for any injuries, loss, claim, action, demand or damage of any kind arising from or related to YPF’s photo contest (“Capturing Wonderland”), any prize won, any misuse or malfunction of any prize awarded, participation in any photo contest-related activity, or participation in the contest.