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Showcasing the wildlands, wildlife, and waters that make Oregon a special place

Submit your images of the Oregon you love and love to explore. Open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages.


Contest Prizes:

  • $250.00 Pro Photo Supply gift card
  • More Prizes to come!

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…


Wildlands – Photos must be of federal public lands in Oregon. This includes National Forest and BLM lands (including designated Wilderness and National Scenic areas), National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, National Grasslands, and National Monuments.  Images featuring recreation are acceptable and encouraged.  Photos from state and local public lands, or private lands, are not eligible.

Wildlife – Photos must be of native Oregon species in their natural habitat. This category includes fish.

Water – Photos must be of pristine, undeveloped waterways in Oregon. This includes rivers, lakes, streams, waterfalls and wetlands. Images featuring recreation are acceptable and encouraged.

Endangered Places – Riparian. Photos should be of the delicate and essential intersections between land and water – where land meets riverside and streamside. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, special consideration will be given to photos taken along two rivers proposed for State Scenic Waterway designation and protection: the Nehalem River and the South Umpqua River. Help us celebrate our rivers and waterways and inspire our elected officials to safeguard more by entering the Endangered Places category.

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 formClick here to pay your fee and get started.

Finalists are announced after an initial round of judging in September. Oregon Wild supporters will 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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