Posts in Category: Competitions

Information about photography competitions and contests in the USA.

National Park Foundation “Share the Experience” 2011

Submission deadline: December 31, 2011.

Official Federal Recreation Land Photo Contest 2011

Photo guidelines:

We’re looking for photos that best capture the scenic, natural, and historic wonders and/or showcase the amazing recreational experiences in America’s Federal Recreation Lands.
All photographs must be taken in one of the Federal Recreation Lands between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011.
The Federal Recreation Lands are managed by: National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Forest Service.
Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Photographs taken by someone other than you but submitted by you will not be considered and you may be disqualified.
No alteration or manipulation of photographs is permitted except for cropping, red eye removal, and/or adjustment of contrast and brightness. Photographs may not be submitted if they depict anything that does not adhere to the rules of the Federal Recreation Agency Lands.

Key Dates
Sign in and submit your photo by December 31, 2011.
The Judging panel will select the finalists between January 1-15, 2012.
Voting will take place January 16-31, 2012.

File Size
Photographs submitted online may not be larger than 5MB in size and must be submitted in .jpg or .png format. Photographs submitted by mail must be at least 3-1/2” x 3-1/2”, but no larger than 11” x 14” in size and submitted in 35mm, Advanced Photo System (APS), or medium format film in color print, color slide, black/white, or high resolution digital images.

Rights & Usage
You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted. Your submission of each photograph is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of such photograph. In addition, by entering, Contestants represent and warrant that the Entries that they submit (i) do not infringe any other person’s or entity’s rights; and (ii) have not been submitted previously in a contest or promotion of any kind.

Judging Criteria
Originality (20%)
Artistic Composition (20%)
Technical Quality (20%)
Photographic Technique (20%)
Photograph showcases the best of America’s recreational opportunities (20%)
Photographs that are inappropriate, indecent or obscene, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion shall be disqualified. All Federal Recreation Lands rules must be followed when taking photographs.

Official Rules

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National Historic Landmarks 2011 Photo Contest

Submission deadline: July 31, 2011.

Information from the National Park Service web site:

In 2011, we celebrate the 12th anniversary of the National Historic Landmark Photo Contest. The past decade has brought us over 1,000 incredible images from almost every state in the union. These images were submitted by people from all walks of life who care for and cherish these special places that represent our American story. Many images were submitted by owners or caretakers. Many others were submitted by visitors, both from the United States and abroad.

The contest, 100 Days of NHLs, begins April 22; all entries – one per landmark, up to 10 total – must be submitted by July 31. Winning entries will be featured in the National Historic Landmark 2012 Event Planner.

“Not all national historic landmarks are battlefields, high-style architecture, or associated with the Founding Fathers,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “But all are places with extraordinary significance to our American story. Through the photo contest we invite people to explore these amazing places and to share their favorites.”

On this, our 12th anniversary, we welcome hundreds of outstanding photos of unexpected and incomparable landmarks. National Park Service employees nationwide will vote to select the winning images. Last year’s winners are highlighted above.

This will be our second year administering the NHL Photo Contest through our Group on Flickr. View this year’s entries on Flickr here:

Please click here to see last year’s amazing contest, or paste this link into your browser:

Official rules (the NPS web site has the rules in Microsoft Word format only; I converted it to PDF)

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