Outdoor Photo Contest

The 2018 contest has ended! See the 2018 winners here! 

Photo by Greg Giesy

Wild & Scenic - Water is life. The wild rivers and waterways of Oregon have sustained the living creatures and peoples of this land for millennia, and over the last 40+ years, Oregon Wild has worked to ensure these waters continue to do so for future generations. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act - which has safeguarded 58 Oregon rivers for their unique scenic, ecological, recreational, cultural, and geological qualities - so we're celebrating with a special photo contest focus this year along with special hikes along Wild & Scenic rivers through our 2018 Outdoor Program. Whether you're an amateur or professional photographer, you can help us put the focus on our stunning peaks, vibrant forests, dynamic rivers, and precious wildlife and help give them and us a future simply by entering the 14th annual Outdoor Photo Contest.

Photographers of all ages and abilities can enter photos in the 14th 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 spread awareness and passion for safeguarding our natural world for generations to come. Help us keep Oregon Wild & Scenic...

Photos are entered in the 14th annual Outdoor Photo Contest’s four main categories:

  • Wildlands
  • Wildlife
  • Waters
  • Endangered Places (this year subtitled Riparian, featuring that delicate and essential space where the land meets the river - special consideration for two waterways proposed for State Scenic Waterway designation)

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! 

Check out the 2017 winners here. See the 2018 winners here or below:

  • 2018 Wildlands Winner
    The 2018 Wildlands winner: Steens Mountain and Alvord Desert by Daniel Gomez.
  • 2018 Wildlands 1st Runner-Up
    The 2018 Wildlands 1st runner-up: Opal Creek by Wes Baker.
  • 2018 Wildlands 2nd Runner-Up
    The 2018 Wildlands 2nd runner-up: Diamond Peak Wilderness by Eric DeBord.
  • 2018 Wildlife winner
    The 2018 Wildlife winner: Deschutes National Forest by Cheryl Hill.
  • 2018 Wildlife 1st Runner-Up
    The 2018 Wildlife 1st runner-up: Hairy Woodpeckers by Rhett Wilkins.
  • 2018 Wildlife 2nd Runner-Up
    The 2018 Wildlife 2nd runner-up: Black Oystercatcher by David Leonard.
  • 2018 Waters Winner
    The 2018 Waters winner: White River Canyon by James Armstrong.
  • 2018 Waters 1st Runner-Up
    The 2018 Waters 1st runner-up: Downing Creek Falls by Caleb Jacobson.
  • 2018 Waters 2nd Runner-Up
    The 2018 Waters 2nd runner-up: North Fork Willamette by Eric DeBord.
  • 2018 Endangered Places Winner
    The 2018 Endangered Places winner: Owyhee River by James Parsons.
  • 2018 Endangered Places 1st Runner-Up
    The 2018 Endangered Places 1st runner-up: North Umpqua River by Alan Hirschmugl.

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. This year's contest has ended...almost - vote for your favorite finalists to pick the winners of the 2018 contest here.

Grand prize winners are announced after the public votes on the finalists here. Oregon Wild supporters 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 12, 2018.

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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Thanks for joining us at our 2018 Call of the Wild event on Friday, October 12th where we unveiled the winners of the 14th annual Oregon Wild Outdoor Photo Contest!

Top photo: Greg Giesy.