Official Rules & Guidelines

Photographers of all ages and abilities can enter photos in the 16th annual Photo Contest. By capturing and sharing what you love about Oregon, you’ll help spread awareness and passion for safeguarding our natural world for generations to come.

The submission deadline is midnight, September 5th, 2022.


  1. All entrants must submit a completed contest entry form with their photo(s).

  2. This contest is open to everyone except for Oregon Wild staff and board of directors, contest jurors, prize contributors, and their immediate families. 

  3. Only photos taken within the categories outlined in the Submission Guidelines are eligible for consideration. 

  4. Photos must have been taken within the last five years.

  5. Photos must not have been previously submitted to an Oregon Wild Photo Contest.

  6. Only color images will be considered for this contest.

  7. A total of five (5) photos may be submitted per person.

  8. A one-time administrative fee of $5 is required for all contest participants. Contestants who do not submit a photo contest fee by midnight on September 5, 2022, will not be eligible to win. Payment will be collected with the photo submission.

  9. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. See Submission Guidelines for important specifics.

  10. Photographers will retain original copyrights to their photos.

  11. Entrants grant Oregon Wild permission to use their photo(s) in any publication, marketing, or fundraising materials, and on the Oregon Wild website.  All photos used will receive captioning and credit where allowed.

  12. All decisions by the judges are final.

  13. Only submissions that adhere to the Contest Rules and Submission Guidelines are eligible to win. 

Submission Guidelines

Eligible Categories:
Wildlands & Waters:

From stunning peaks and vibrant forests to dynamic rivers, wilderness is a unique part of Oregon’s natural heritage. 

  • Photos must be of public lands (federally or state managed) or undeveloped waterways in Oregon. This includes National Forest and BLM lands (including designated Wilderness and National Scenic areas), National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, National Grasslands, National Monuments, State Parks, and State forests.

  • Water images may include rivers, streams, natural lakes, waterfalls, and wetlands without dams or other development. Photos must be of generally undeveloped areas or landscapes (without dams or buildings for example). 



Photos must be of native Oregon species in their natural habitat. This category includes fish.


Endangered Places:

Oregon’s Climate Forests. Images must be of old-growth or mature forest ecosystems in Oregon that have grown and developed naturally. Such forests often include a mixture of large old trees, standing or fallen dead trees, and young trees, and may be recovering naturally after a fire. Here’s what to look for in an old-growth forest.



Featuring the people who live, work, and play in Oregon outdoors.

  • Submissions must include at least one clearly visible human being outdoors. Images featuring recreation are acceptable and encouraged.

Social Photography:

Giving space to up-and-coming phone and social media photographers.

  • In addition to submitting your photos through the submission form, photos must be posted on a social media platform and tagged #owphotocontest22.

Acceptable Formats:

Digital photos: Photos taken with a digital camera must be submitted at a minimum resolution of 200 dpi and a file size of no smaller than 1.0 MB and no bigger than 15.0 MB. File type must be jpg or tif. Minor digital enhancement for cropping, red-eye removal, filters, and corrective functions are permitted, but images that have been judged to be significantly altered will be disqualified. Photographers are not permitted to place borders or frames around their images or to place watermarks, signatures, dates, or copyright notices on their images. Images MUST maintain the integrity of the area as it was photographed. For example, you may enhance the brightness of your image but you may not remove a clear-cut from the background.


It is necessary that each filename identify who took each photo and where it was taken. Please re-name your images to include the following:

  • The specific area where the photo was taken

  • Photographer’s first and last name


Example: “LostLake.JohnDoe.jpg”  


Multiple images of an area by the same photographer should be labeled as such: LostLake1.JohnDoe.jpg, LostLake2.JohnDoe.jpg, LostLake3.JohnDoe.jpg

Submissions that do not meet the above specifications will be disqualified.


Images will be judged on their effectiveness in conveying the subject matter, technical expertise, composition, creativity, and demonstrating the key qualities of the category to which the image is submitted.


A winner will be selected from submissions in each category.

Winners will be announced at Oregon Wild’s annual event, Call of the Wild on October 14th, 2022.

Submit Your Photos

The submission deadline is midnight September 5, 2022