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Yellowstone Forever Photo Contest Accepting Submissions

Want to show your love of Yellowstone National Park? Enter the Yellowstone Forever Photo Contest.

Partnering with Nature’s Best Photography magazine, the Yellowstone Park Foundation is soliciting photos of Yellowstone in anticipation of the National Park Service’s Centennial Anniversary in 2016. The contest seeks to highlight Yellowstone’s unique beauty and historical importance.

From KTVH Helena:

“As we join in the celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial Anniversary, our goal is to focus on Yellowstone National Park through the eyes of Park visitors,” said Karen Bates Kress, president of the Yellowstone Park Foundation. “What they have witnessed over the years, and the photographs they have made will surely result in a remarkable body of work.”

In honor of the Centennial, the Park Foundation is accepting global submissions in four categories: Wildlife, Landscapes, Yellowstone Adventure and Mobile. Anyone may enter, according to the following stipulations:

Professionals: Earn more than $5000 per year from photography.

Amateurs: Earn less than $5000 per year from photography.

Youth: Anyone 18 and younger as of September 10, 2015. Parental consent recommended.

All photos must depict scenes within Yellowstone’s borders. Contestants may enter up to 20 images. Minimal editing of color and contrast is allowed. Photos taken prior to 2015 are allowed. All photographers submitting to the Wildlife, Landscapes, and Yellowstone Adventure categories must pay a fee for each entry. Professionals and Amateurs must pay $25. Youth photographers must pay $15. Mobile photo submissions are free, provided every photo in your entry was taken by a mobile phone or tablet.

Submissions will be accepted by mail or online. For full instructions on how to enter the Yellowstone Forever Photo Contest and complete guidelines for submissions, read here. The deadline for submission is September 10, 2015.

Judges of the Yellowstone Forever Photo Contest include editor-in-chief of Nature’s Best Photography Steve Freligh, wilderness photographer Tom Murphy, and National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths.

Winners will have their work featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Nature’s Best Photography and a print gallery in the Old Faithful Haynes Photo Shop during the summer 2016 season. Winning photos will also be included in online galleries and multimedia presentations. Winners will receive cash and prizes in addition to exposure.

This is extremely exciting. Besides the Centennial association, the Yellowstone Forever Photo Contest offers visitors the chance to freely express their awe and admiration. Any type of Yellowstone photo is free to submit: a herd of bison sprawling across the Hayden Valley, Grand Geyser’s plume unfurling in the twilight, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone glowing in the dawn, a lone backpacker on the Mary Mountain trail, families marveling at Canary Spring, children staring at the Old Faithful Inn’s towering chimney. Don’t hesitate. Have fun with your Park.

About Sean Reichard

Sean Reichard is the editor of Yellowstone Insider and author of Yellowstone Insider For Families 2017.

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