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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest 2024


  • BIRDS – Birds and waterfowl in their natural habitat. NOTE: No images of Great Horned Owls will be accepted during this year's contest.
  • WILDLIFE – Any wildlife other than birds - mammals, amphibians, fish, insects, reptiles, and invertebrates in their natural habitat.
  • PLANT LIFE – Trees, grasses, flowers, fungi, mushrooms, and other flora in their natural habitat.
  • LANDSCAPE & STRUCTURES – The refuge contains a mosaic of scenic views, including iconic structures such as the Cathlapotle Plankhouse.
  • YOUTH (AGES 10-17) – Subject can be any of the adult categories (birds, wildlife, plant life, and landscape & structure). Open only to entrants between the ages of 10-17 years old.


1st Place [in each category]:

  • $150 Pro Photo Supply Gift Card*
  • Inclusion in Gallery Showing at Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge Birdfest
  • 12 x16 high quality digital print

Honorable Mention:

  • Inclusion in Gallery Showing at Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge Birdfest
  • 12 x16 high quality digital print

*Gift Cards from Pro Photo Supply

Submission Deadline: September 3, 2024

  • Submission Requirements

    • All image file entries must be digital uploads only.
    • Image files must be submitted in JPG format.
    • Each file should be approximately 1500 x 2100 at 300dpi in jpg format only.
    • Please keep file sizes no larger than 5MB.
    • Adult Contest is open to photographers both Professional and Amateur aged 18 or older.
    • Youth Contest is open to photographers aged 10-17 and in grades 5-12 generally.
    • You must submit one (1) image at a time.
    • Each contestant may submit up to six (6) digital images total.
    • These six (6) images can be submitted to all the same category or can be across different categories.
    • Image files must be submitted in JPG format by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2024 to
    • No watermarks of any kind can be placed on the photo submissions.
    • Photos must have been taken within areas of the Refuge that are open to the public during public accessible hours.
    • No images of Great Horned Owls will be accepted during this year's contest.
    • Any refuge scene whether wildlife, plants, or scenic landscape are eligible.
    • Color and/or black & white images are allowed.
    • Elements or objects not in original scene should not be added.
    • Limited image modifications are allowed.
    • Watermarks, signatures, or copyright notices MUST be removed prior to submission.
    • If submission rules are not followed, the application and images may not be judged and/or disqualified.

Submission Deadline: September 3, 2022

  • Photographers retain ownership of all copyrights. However, entrants who are chosen as the winner of the 1st Place Category or Honorable Mention prizes in this contest, automatically give Pro Photo Supply and Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge a non-exclusive, irrevocable license without charge to reproduce and display the image in any electronic, optical, physical, or other medium; to modify its size and resolution; and to use your name as the photographer, without notification or compensation. (e.i. Your image may be used on promotional materials such as puzzles, mugs, shirts, postcards, and calendars for Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge)
  • Photographers of non-winning photographs may be contacted, either by Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge or Pro Photo Supply, after the close of the contest to attain permission to use their photograph and name as the photographer.
  • No one photographer may have more than one winning entry. Five (5) winning entries and five (5) honorable mention entries for the Photo Contest will be selected.
  • All Finalists will be notified by email a week or so before the public announcement in October and may be required to resubmit their winning image in high resolution. See the requirements above.
  • All winning entries will be announced on Pro Photo Supply's Instagram page and other social platforms and prizes will be awarded sometime toward the end of October, 2024.
  • The contest is open to all photographers both professional and non-professional.

Submission Deadline: September 3, 2023

Craig Wallace

Birds Category

1st Place Winner

Karen Stuwe

Landscape Category

1st Place Winner

John Matzick

Wildlife Category

1st Place Winner

Charlie Sandbo

Plant Life Category

1st Place Winner

Landon James

Youth Category

1st Place Winner

Aiden Harper

Youth Category

Honorable Mention

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