deadline: May 1, 2005
This year marks the fifth anniversary of America’s “National Landscape Conservation System” (NLCS) — the best of the Bureau of Land Management’s lands and waters. The NLCS encompasses the BLM’s National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Historic Trails, Wild and Scenic Rivers Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, and other conservation management areas.
The NLCS is America’s commitment to protect the rugged and wild character of places like Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Nevada’s Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and Montana’s Upper Missouri River for future generations.
Please join the NLCS Coalition in celebrating the fifth anniversary of the NLCS by submitting your best photographs from the NLCS! (click here for a complete listing of lands, waters, and trails) These photos can be from any part of the NLCS—a river you love to float or fish, a favorite hiking trail through a canyon in the NLCS, an archaeological site in a National Monument.
Up to 12 winning photographs will be featured in an exhibition in Washington, D.C., and presented to Members of Congress. Each winning photographer will also receive a $50 certificate to Patagonia®, and a grand prize winner will receive a certificate for $150 to Patagonia®.
The mission of the National Landscape Conservation System is to conserve, protect, and restore these nationally significant landscapes that have outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values for the benefit of current and future generations.
-- Bureau of Land Management, 2000
How To Enter
Entrants may submit up to three photos by mail or online. Submitted prints will not be returned.
Online (digital images)
Online submissions of high-resolution digital photos are being accepted now by clicking here. Digital image files should be high resolution jpeg files (.jpg). All sizes are welcome, but prize winning photos must be printable at a large size, to allow for presentation on Capitol Hill - at least 5 megapixels or 2700x1800 pixels (i.e. a high resolution photograph from a digital camera with at least "5 megapixel resolution").
All entries must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2005 and must include:
- Your print(s), 5x7 inches or larger (color or black and white), labeled on back with photographer’s name, phone number, email address, and the name of the area (monument, NCA, wilderness area, wilderness study area, trail, or river) where photo was taken.
- A completed entry form for each photo submitted.
Important Note: A negative, slide, or high resolution digital file (at least five megapixels or 2700x1800 pixels -- i.e. a high resolution photograph from a digital camera with at least "5 megapixel resolution") should be available and will be requested for winning photographs.
Mail entries to:
NLCS Photo Contest
The Wilderness Society
1615 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Protect your submission: Place all pictures in a plastic photo sheet. Place cardboard between each sheet and enclose in proper mailing envelope.
Photographs will be judged on the basis of how they represent the values (including scenic, historic, recreational, and wildlife values) and diversity of America’s National Landscape Conservation System. Special emphasis will also be placed on selecting photographs whose composition and image quality make them well-suited to framing and exhibition.
There will be one round of judging. A judging panel will be appointed by the NLCS Coalition, and will consist of members of the Coalition and may include employees of the Bureau of Land Management, Members of Congress or their staff, and others with expertise in photography, land management, historical preservation, or ecology. Decisions of the judges are final.
Up to twelve prize winning photographs will be chosen:
One prize winning photo from each of 12 states with NLCS units: ( AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY). (Click on each state for a complete list of NLCS areas)
Winning photos will be featured in an exhibition in Washington D.C., be framed and presented to Members of Congress, and may be featured in NLCS Coalition magazines. Each winning photographer will also receive a $50 certificate to Patagonia®, and a grand prize winner will receive a $150 gift certificate to Patagonia®.
Winners will be notified by phone and mail by June 13, 2005, and prizes will be mailed to winners within 30 days of notification.
Should the quality of entries fall below the standard required in any category, the NLCS Coalition reserves the right not to select a winning photo.
The contest is open to anyone 18 years of age or older.
No fee is required to enter or remain in the contest.
Submitted photographs should be no more than five years old.
All images must be from a unit of the National Landscape Conservation System, which consists of BLM conservation areas and includes any BLM National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Historic Trails, Wild and Scenic Rivers Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, and other conservation management areas.
Click here for a complete list by category
Click for state lists: AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
The contest entrant must hold the sole ownership and copyright of each submitted photograph. Images must not have been digitally altered in any way other than necessary burning, dodging and cropping.
We do not allow names, logos or writing on any images. These must be removed prior to submission.
The use of public domain images is prohibited.
The contest is officially sponsored by the NLCS Coalition and the member organizations that comprise the Coalition.
The entrant grants full permission to the NLCS Coalition to store, reproduce, publish, and distribute images for the purposes of conservation advocacy, including media outreach and public education (see “Terms and Agreement” on Entry Form). Photographers will retain full copyrights to the images.
Upon the NLCS Coalition’s request, each entrant must be prepared to provide a signed written personal release from all persons who appear in the photograph submitted, authorizing the use of the photograph in editorial publications or promotions in any and all media. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in a disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.
Details about judging and notification listed in “Winning Photographs” section, above.
The NLCS Coalition reserves the right to change the contest rules without prior notification.
Terms and Agreement
Selected entries and the author’s name may be published by the in one of Coalition members’ magazines, website or other media for outreach or advocacy purposes at the Coalition’s discretion. By submitting an image to the Discover the National Landscape Conservation System Photo Contest entrant grants permission and rights to the NLCS Coalition to store, reproduce, display and publish the image, and acknowledges that the Coalition may copy and publish the submitted image with a name credit in any media now or hereafter known, without restriction. Display or publication of any entry does not indicate the entrant will be selected as a winner. Additionally, by participating, each entrant grants to the NLCS Coalition the unrestricted right to copy and reprint all statements made in connection with the Contest, or choose not to do so, at its sole discretion.
The use of public domain images is prohibited. The entry photo, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the contest entrant. By entering the contest, entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant and no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph.
The NLCS Coalition, official sponsor of this contest, assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to contest entries or entry forms; alteration of entries or entry forms.