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GARNA’s 2018 Photo Contest Fundraiser

August 13 - September 7

Summer Tableau by William Helms

We’re seeking your best PHOTOS from the Upper Arkansas Valley region for GARNA’s 5th annual PHOTO CONTEST & FUNDRAISER

WHEN: GARNA’s 5th Annual Photo Contest begins August 14, 2018, and ends September 7, 2018, at 5:00 PM. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest.*

Who may enter: GARNA Members and non-members are encouraged to participate. The entrance pricing reflects GARNA’s desire to encourage membership but does not provide GARNA members an advantage in winning. GARNA welcomes all photographers to submit photos of the upper Arkansas River Valley, especially those who are new to photography.  GARNA will award a “Novice” winner in each of the categories. Photographers who have not received a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place award in previous GARNA Photo Contests may  register as a “Novice”.


What to enter: Photo subjects must be from the Upper Arkansas Valley area only – from Leadville to Canon City.

The following are the 2018 six contest categories:

  1.     Mountainscapes: Scenes of our local mountain ranges that surround the Upper Arkansas River Valley
  2.     Winterscapes/Holiday: Native winter scenes and unique holiday imagery of our area
  3.     BIRDS: Native resident species or migratory birds that fly through the Upper Arkansas River Valley area
  4.     Wildflowers: Native species of wildflowers in their natural setting
  5.     River/Riverscapes: Arkansas River or mountain creeks
  6.     WILDLIFE: Any native species from elk to snakes, and pikas to butterflies

Submissions will be judged by an expert panel of professional photographers who will select a winner in each of the 6 categories. Winning photos will best communicate the beauty, grandeur, delight and special quality of the Upper Arkansas Valley. A People’s Choice winner will also be selected from the top 7 photos in each category. The top 7 photos in each category will be posted on the GARNA website and on GARNA’s Facebook page to facilitate the People’s Choice Award voting.


Entry Fees:

  • GARNA Members:
    • 1 photo @ $10.00
    • 2 photos @ $20.00
    • 3 photos @ $25.00
    • 4 photos @ $35.00
    • 5 photos @ $45.00
    • 6th photo is free! @ $45.00 (6 photo maximum)
  • Non-Members:
    • 1 photo @$15.00
    • 2 photos @ $30.00
    • 3 photos @ $35.00
    • 4 photos @ $50.00
    • 5 photos @ $65.00
    • 6th photo is free! @ $65.00 (6 photo maximum)
  • JOIN GARNA NOW and receive member rates. Your membership dollars support important GARNA programming!
  • A single photo may be submitted for more than one category however the entry fee is per submission not per photo
  • Do not include recognizable people
  • Submitted photos must be taken within the Upper Arkansas Valley Watershed (i.e. Leadville to Canon City)
  • Include specific information about where each photo was taken and month taken with all submissions
  • We reserve the right to move submissions to a different category if we think it is a better fit
  • Submission photos may not have been used previously for professional purposes
  • All photos submitted may be used by GARNA for promotional and other purposes with attribution to the photographer
  • You may submit a maximum of 6 images.
  • For production purposes, all submissions must be submitted:
    • In a 5 x 7 ratio (either landscape or portrait)
    • At a good resolution, at least 2100 x 1500 at 300 dpi, 2 MB
      • On most cameras and phones, “Details” will show the photo resolution and size
      • Research online to find out more about how to find out the resolution of your photo for your specific camera

How to enter: Please submit photographs and requested information online by Monday, September 7, 2018, 5pm.

Photo Submission is Now Closed.

PHOTO PRODUCTS FOR SALE – As a participant you receive special pricing and ordering opportunities

Winning images will be featured on products that will be offered for sale to the public, including:

  • Photo notecards – folded with envelope
  • Coffee mugs
  • Calendars
  • Metal and Canvas prints
*PLEASE NOTE:  By submitting photo(s) to GARNA you hereby give permission to GARNA to utilize the image(s) to promote and/or fund raise solely for the benefit of GARNA. While not monetarily compensated, the photographer will be credited. The photographer is free to use the photo in any way where it is not in “competition” with GARNA. For example, GARNA plans to use the winning photos to make photo notecards to sell, publicize and support GARNA activities; the photographer will refrain from offering similar cards with that photo.


August 13
September 7
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Many GARNA programs require a liability release form be filled out each calendar year.

Your registration is secured upon receipt of payment. If you prefer not to register online (recommended), you may mail a check, made out to “GARNA” to the address below. Please include a note with the program you are registering for.

PO Box 1522
Salida CO 81201

Cancellation policy:

If we are notified of your need to cancel within 24 hours of program date, your program fee will be refunded except for a $3.00 administrative fee. If minimum enrollment has not been met by program date, programs will be cancelled 2 days prior to the date and we will refund the full amount.