MWA announces 2013 “Picture Wild Montana” photo contest
Over $1,000 in prizes to be won in fifth annual contest highlighting Montana’s treasured wilderness history, heritage, families
HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Wilderness Association is asking shutterbugs of all ages and experience levels to get ready to show the world what they love about Montana’s special wild places.
This September, photographers will be able to submit their work and compete for prizes totaling over $1,000 in MWA’s fifth annual Picture Wild Montana photo contest.
The theme for the contest, Picture Wild Montana, will have six categories for contestants to compete: Montana's Wild Rocky Mountain Front, Wild Northwestern Montana, Wilderness Families and Kids, Wild Eastern Montana, Montana Wildlife and Wildflowers, and Montana's Wilderness History and Heritage.
Three prizes will be awarded in each category: one for winner based on judging, one for winner based on popular vote, and one for the winner competing within the kindergarten through eighth grade age group. There will also be three grand prize winners decided in the same way from all photos submitted to the contest, regardless of category.
In addition to prizes, winning photos may also be selected to be published in the MWA 2014 calendar and/or other various MWA publications such as Wilderness Walks books, annual reports and newsletters.
Photographers can submit their work at wildmontana.org during the two-week open submission period from Sept. 13 – 27, 2013. After the submission period has ended, qualifying photos will be displayed at wildmontana.org, voting will be enabled, and the public will be able to cast their vote for their favorite photos and determine winners by popular vote. This will be a chance for contestants to use social media, like Facebook and Twitter, to rally supporters of their photos to wildmontana.org to vote for their work. Online voting will close at midnight on Oct. 11, 2013. During this same period, qualifying photos will also be judged by a panel of judges who will determine their selections for category and grand prize winners. Winners will be notified on or near Oct. 19, 2013.
For more information about the “Picture Wild Montana” photo contest, visit this website in September, or call Montana Wilderness Association Special Projects Coordinator Holly Wulf at (406) 370-0526.
Montana’s Wild Rocky Mountain Front
It's where the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains come crashing together. There are few rolling foothills; little subtlety in its transition - just sheer cliffs, prominent peaks and jagged edges on this 100-mile long stretch of beauty that splits Montana in two. From the Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, through Glacier National Park and to the middle of the state, the Rocky Mountain Front has been beloved by Montanans for generations. Now, we want you to show the world why so many are fighting to Save the Front with your favorite images.
Wild Northwestern Montana
It's home to the fresh waters of Flathead Lake, the unequaled serenity of Glacier National Park and a host of pine-covered mountains in ranges like the Cabinets, Mission and Scotchman Peaks. The Montana Wilderness Association is looking for images from across its Flathead-Kootenai chapter, which comprises of Lincoln, Flathead, Lake and Sanders counties. Let's widen our horizons beyond Glacier National Park.
Wilderness Families and Kids
Adventurers seeking the glorious Big Sky State have been documenting their journeys since before Lewis and Clark. The true intrepid journeymen are those who strap on a backpack with the baby and load up the kids for a day or more in the woods. Where will you go, and who do you have in tow? What do you do when you are out with the family? Whether it is a picnic in the pines or a water adventure on one of Montana’s pristine waterways, show us how your family interacts with and recreates in the wild places around them.
Wild Eastern Montana
Many people tend to associate wilderness and wildlands more with mountains than prairies. Montana’s high plains are too often cast in negative terms — boring, monotonous, empty. But anyone who spends time in eastern Montana knows that the plains are neither boring nor monotonous — they range from vast unbroken grasslands to island mountain ranges, large buttes and badlands, wetlands and prairie potholes, river valleys and ephemeral creeks. Submit your photos from the prairie wildlands that capture the beauty of this diverse, scenic, and historically rich landscape.
Montana Wildlife and Wildflowers
Montana's wildflowers clutter the state's countryside in a variety of colors. Send us your favorite photos of flowering plants that have needed nothing more than the care of Nature's green thumb to grow. From the prairie dogs burrowing in the ground to the eagles soaring through the skies, Montana has a diverse array of wildlife that captures our hearts everyday. Now, we want you to capture your favorite wilderness creatures in their natural habitat, whether it's prancing through the forest, traversing the steep mountainsides or trampling the grass of the Great Plains.
Montana's Wilderness History/Heritage
It’s time to dig through those old shoe boxes that are filled to the brim with special photos from days gone by. 2014 will mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act in Congress. MWA wants to share your treasured wilderness memories to commemorate this landmark event. What history and heritage of Montana’s wild places have you captured with the click of the camera?
About the Montana Wilderness Association
The Montana Wilderness Association is the state’s leading grassroots wilderness conservation organization. Founded in 1958, MWA works with communities to protect Montana’s wilderness heritage, quiet beauty, and outdoor traditions, now and for future generations. Our vision is for a Montana where pristine public lands are permanently protected as federally designated wilderness, thus ensuring biodiversity, clean headwaters, and sustainable economic opportunities for nearby communities to thrive in co-existence with abundant wild places.
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