Outdoor Photo Contest

Public lands, public lens.

2016 submissions due by midnight on September 16, 2016. Click here to see the 2015 winners!

Blue Mountains (photo by Scott Carpenter)

For over a decade, the Oregon Wild Outdoor Photo Contest has been a platform for stunning portraits of our state. Amateur and professional photographers alike have submitted incredible images of the mountainscapes, rivers, and elusive creatures that, for many of us, define our home. Many of those features and creatures are found in Oregon’s increasingly threatened public lands, so in 2016, we’re sharpening our focus on these special places. Send us images of the Oregon you love and — like our public lands — think should be shared: an Oregon for all.

Photographers of all ages and abilities can enter photos in the 12th annual Outdoor Photo Contest’s four main categories (see below). By capturing and sharing what you love about Oregon as only a nature photographer can, you’ll help us keep our public lands in the public view.

Enter your photos in the 12th annual Outdoor Photo Contest’s four main categories:

An entry fee of just $5 enables you to submit up to five total photos to any of the four main categories, and enters you into the chance to win exciting prizes from our outstanding sponsors, including:

  • $250 gift certificate to Pro Photo Supply
  • More prizes to come...

Plus, your images might just be featured in our newsletter or in other publications to help inspire others to protect Oregon's special places!

See the 2015 winners here:

  • 2015 Wildlands Winner
    The 2015 Wildlands winner: Crater Lake by TJ Thorne.
  • 2015 Wildlands 1st Runner-Up
    The 2015 Wildlands runner-up: Flag Point by Kat Dierickx.
  • 2015 Wildlands 2nd Runner-Up
    The 2015 Wildlands runner-up: Ruckel Ridge by Jeremy Forrest.
  • 2015 Wildlife Winner
    The 2015 Wildlife winner: Blue Mountains Gray Owl by Scott Carpenter.
  • 2015 Wildlife 1st Runner-Up
    The 2015 Wildlife runner-up: Semipalmated Sandpiper by Rhett Wilkins.
  • 2015 Wildlife 2nd Runner-Up
    The 2015 Wildlife runner-up: Lake Abert Avocets by Ron Larson.
  • 2015 Waters Winner
    The 2015 Waters winner: Proxy Falls by Terence Lee.
  • 2015 Waters Runner-Up
    The 2015 Waters runner-up: Koosah Falls by Sung Choi.
  • 2015 Waters Runner-Up
    The 2015 Waters runner-up: Secret Beach by Kelly Morgan.
  • 2015 Endangered Places Winner
    The 2015 Endangered Places winner: Coos Bay by Gerard Smith.
  • 2015 Endangered Places Runner-Up
    The 2015 Endangered Places runner-up: Middle Fork Santiam by Leon Werdinger.

For all submissions:

Before you send in your images, please review the contest Rules and Submission Guidelines for complete details, including an explanation of the categories. All submissions must be accompanied by a completed entry form.

Finalists are announced after an initial round of judging in September. Oregon Wild supporters will vote online for the grand prize winners in each category. We will announce the winners at our annual benefit, Call of the Wild, to be held in Portland on the night of October 14, 2016.

Please note: The Oregon Wild staff work tirelessly to protect the wildlands, wildlife, and waters that are the focus of this contest. We are unable to take phone calls regarding this contest and urge you to utilize the maps, detailed submission guidelines, and additional resources provided on our website to the best of your ability. Thank you for understanding, and best of luck!

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Join us at Call of the Wild on Friday, October 14 at Leftbank Annex to celebrate Oregon Wild and the 2016 Outdoor Photo Contest winners!

Top photo: Scott Carpenter.