Wilderness 50th Photo Contest

A black and white photo of Mount Rainier with the Wilderness 50th logo and the text "Mount Rainier National Park Wilderness Photo Contest"

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In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Mount Rainier National Park invites photographers to enter its 2014 Wilderness Photo Contest.

In 2014, our nation is celebrating “50 Years of Wilderness”. On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System and set aside millions of acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. The Washington Wilderness Act of 1988 further designated thousands of acres of land as wilderness, including the majority of Mount Rainier National Park is designated as a wilderness area.

How to Enter - September 10, 2014. Entries are now CLOSED. Thank you for everyone who entered a photo in the photo contest! Judges will be selecting the finalist photos soon to be posted on Facebook for the final voting to choose the winners. Stay tuned!

Entries can be submitted in two ways - PICK ONLY ONE -

  • By Flickr (Preferred) – Add your photo to the Mount Rainier Wilderness Photo Contest group at www.flickr.com/groups/mountrainiernps_wilderness50th (detailed directions for adding a photo to flickr are posted under "About").
  • By email – Email your submission to mountrainiernps@gmail.com. File size of the photo must be less than 10MB.

Please include your name, the specific location the photo was taken, and a brief caption.

Contest Rules
By entering a photo into this contest, you are agreeing to the Mount Rainier National Park Wilderness 50th Photo Contest rules:

  1. All entries must be submitted prior to the close of the contest on September 9, 2014 midnight PST.
  1. Any photograph that you submit must be your own work and you must own the rights to distribute the entry. Photos with watermarks will not be accepted. All entries will remain on the flickr contest group page after the contest closes unless you choose to remove your photo.
  2. Each participate can submit only ONE photo to the contest. Upload the highest resolution image possible, preferably 300 dpi or larger (please keep file size less than 10MB). The winning image may be used in various contexts and a hi-res image ensures the best quality.
  3. Photos must include designated wilderness of Mount Rainier National Park. Please do not include photographs of other wilderness areas, other public lands, or areas of Mount Rainier National Park that are not designated wilderness. Wilderness in the park includes:
Land outside of developed areas such as Paradise and Sunrise.
All land more than 200 feet on either side from the center line of park roads.
  1. If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to the National Park Service upon request.
  2. Entrants must not submit images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife, damage to the environment by the photographer, put any individual or animal in danger, or infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person.
  3. By adding your entry to the 2014 Mount Rainier Wilderness Photo contest, you authorize the National Park Service to:
-- Use your entry for any educational and informational purposes in perpetuity.
-- Crop or manipulate your photograph or edit your text.
-- Use your name as the creator of the entry.
-- While it is our intent to use Wilderness images for non-commercial, educational purposes and with photographer credit, we make no warranty regarding use or credit once photos have entered the social media stream.
  1. NPS is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected or incomplete entries, or technical or submission errors.

Judging & Prizes
Judging will be at the sole discretion of the NPS. The judges are a panel of Mount Rainier National Park staff members familiar with photography. Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit, and whether the images visually showcase the qualities that embody the wilderness character of Mount Rainier, including:
  • Untrammeled Quality: Wilderness that is essentially unhindered and free from modern human actions that control or manipulate ecological systems.
  • Natural Quality: Wilderness that maintains ecological systems that are substantially free from the effects of modern civilization.
  • Undeveloped Quality: Wilderness that retains its primeval character and influence, and is essentially without permanent improvements or modern human occupation.
The 20 best photos selected by the judges will be posted on Facebook mid-September 2014 for the public to vote on, with prizes going to the three photos with the most votes. Winner will be announced by September 30th, 2014. Contest prizes will be:
  • 3rd Place: Mount Rainier National Park Annual Pass
  • 2nd Place: Mount Rainier National Park Annual Pass
  • 1st Place: America the Beautiful Annual Pass, an entrance pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, including every national park in the country. For more information: www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm.

Contact us using the photo contest Flickr page discussion board or email us at mountrainiernps@gmail.com.

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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