The American Landscape 2019 Contest Winners
Grand Prize: Matt Meisenheimer
The cliffs of the Nā Pali Coast rise over 4,000 feet from the shoreline below. It’s a magnificent thing to see. The mountains of Kauai are some of the most unique out there. They give you the feeling that you’re living in a prehistoric environment that existed millions of years ago. I ran into some phenomenal conditions while hiking around the Kalalau Valley during a recent trip. I scrambled to find a suitable composition and came across this scene. I liked how the lone tree was catching light and I felt the rainbows were spaced perfectly with the tree. It was very windy and wet so the challenge was freezing motion in the vegetation and keeping my lens dry. I shot at a higher ISO to get a faster shutter speed and used a towel to dry my lens. I’d shoot a few frames, dry and cover my lens, take a few frames and repeat. Thankfully, my effort paid off and my resulting images were clean and sharp. This image portrays one of the most incredible events that I have had the opportunity to photograph.
Second Prize: Jemma Lee
Title: Pink Lady Nipple
As each labored step forward resulted in two slippery steps back on the rocky mountainside ascend on this humid August day, I had naively assumed that we had reached our destination on the difficult hour long trek from the Cinder Cone parking lot. I begrudgingly continued the climb for two more hours and was grateful to be rewarded with an extraordinary view on the other side. At the base of the mountain a small cluster of pink mountains appeared in the distance, only to be revealed through my telephoto lens. This breathtaking view reminded me of being upon my mother’s breast when I was a young child. The vivid pinks, reds, purples and blues portrayed in the photograph are from the minerals on the ground below that were created from volcanoes erupted in the past.
Third Prize: John Hanou
Title: The Purple Sands of Pfeiffer Beach
Purple Sands of Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California
In March 2019, I participated in Don Smith’s Spring Big Sur photo workshop. Most of our travels took us anywhere from five to 40 miles south of Carmel, California. One of our stops was at Pfeiffer Beach and for those that don’t know John Pfeiffer grew potatoes in this area at the turn of the century. The land that is now the Julia Pfeiffer Burns-Big Sur State Park was acquired from the Pfeiffer’s by the State of California in 1933. This shot was taken in the Los Padres National Forest Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area just north of the park.
The beach is primarily known for its iconic “Keyhole Arch” one of the most photographed spots in California. For a few weeks each year, the sunset casts an unearthly glow through Keyhole Arch that is absolutely breathtaking.
The beach is also known for its spectacular rock formations, crashing waves, its sunsets and its purple/violet colored sands. Please realize that not all of the beach sand is purple as it is also interlaced with the typical tan colored sands of California beaches.
When I first saw the sand I was mesmerized by the wonderful streaks of purple and tan sand that the ocean wave action was presenting my eye. Taken at the north end of the beach, very close to Keyhole Arch, the shot taken here was with my Nikon D800 camera with a Nikkor 28-300 mm lens set at 45 mm, with an exposure of two seconds, f29 and ISO 100. A Manfrotto tripod and ball head were used to secure the camera. The image was slightly cropped at the bottom for aesthetic reasons.
Anyway, the shot presented here exceeded my expectations.
For those geology enthusiasts out there, the purple color comes from manganese garnet (known as spessartine (Mn3Al2(SiO4)3)) that is being eroded, then washed down the creek to the beach. Sometimes the color appears more violet or pinkish than purple.
Frequently asked questions and official rules
Frequently Asked Questions
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- The name of the contest (2019 The American Landscape)
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Question: Who may enter?
Contest is open to individuals over the age of 18 and residents of the U.S.
Question: How do I enter?
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Question: In what format should I submit my photos?
Each photograph must be submitted in .JPG format and cannot exceed 4 MB in size.
Question: How many photos may I enter?
You may enter as many photos as you like. Pricing packages are one (1) photo for $25 per single entry, two (2) photos for $35 per two entries.
Pricing For Submissions
Regular Entry Period (until 05/10/2019)
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2 Photos: $35
There is no limit to the number of photos you may submit.
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No. Please upload entries using the online entry form. Mailed submissions will not be accepted.
Question: Can I process my photos using Photoshop or another image-processing program?
Question: When will the winners be notified?
Updated 6/19/19: Due to contest period being extended winners will now be notified sometime in July.
Question: When will the winners be announced?
Updated 6/19/19: Due to contest period being extended winners will now be announced sometime in August.
Question: What are the prizes?
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- The name of the contest (2019 The American Landscape contest)
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Outdoor Photographer The American Landscape 2019 Official Rules
The Outdoor Photographer’s American Landscape Contest (“Contest”) is open only to individuals who are over 18 years of age and who are residents of the U.S. Employees of Madavor Media, LLC, (“Sponsors”), and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child and sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate or win. Sponsors reserve the right to verify all eligibility requirements. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
The Contest will begin on February 1st, 2019 and end on May 10th, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PT (the “Contest Period”). Please Note: A non-refundable one-time entry fee of $25 per single (1) entry, $35 for two (2) entries is required to submit an entry in this Contest (“Entry Fee”).
HOW TO ENTER:
Click the submit your images button above to pay the non-refundable Entry Fee of $25 per single (1) entry, $35 for two (2) entries, (iii) and complete and submit the online entry form. All entries must be received by May 10th, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PT to be eligible. Each photograph must be submitted in .JPG and cannot exceed 4 MB in size.
Please note: Entries submitted online will be eligible for (i) the Grand Place Prize (as described below), (ii) Second Place Prize (as described below), (iii) Third Place Prize (as described below), and (iv) Finalist Prize (as described below).
Entry must be the original work of the entrant and entrant must be the sole owner of the copyright of such entry. Entry must be in keeping with the Sponsors’ image and may not be inappropriate or offensive, as determined by the Sponsors in their sole discretion, nor can it defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or property rights or any other third-party rights. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any entry they deem to be offensive, inappropriate, that is not in keeping with Sponsors’ image or that is otherwise not in compliance with the terms of these Official Rules. Entrant must have obtained express written consent to submit any entry that contains persons other than entrant or third-party elements not owned by entrant and, if requested to do so, produce such written consent from appropriate parties in a form and manner acceptable to the Sponsors.
By submitting an Entry, entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsors may obtain many Entries in connection with this Contest and/or other contests staged and/or promoted by the Sponsors, and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Contest and/or other contests sponsored by the Sponsors or submitted for other reasons or other materials developed by the Sponsors. Entrant waives any and all claims entrant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any Entry and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the entrant may be similar to his/her Entry, or that any compensation is due to entrant in connection with such Entry or other works used by Sponsors.
GRAND PLACE PRIZE JUDGING:
One (1) potential Grand Place Prize winner, one (1) potential Second Place winner, one (1) potential Third Place winner, and up to twenty-five (25) potential Finalists will be determined from among all eligible entries received by a panel of qualified judges, based equally on the following criteria: Adherence to Theme, Composition and Creativity/Originality (“Judging Criteria”). The entrants who submitted the entry receiving the highest scores, as determined by the Sponsors in their sole discretion, will be the potential winners and finalists respectively.
In the event of a tie for any prize, an additional “tie-breaking” judge will determine the applicable winner or finalists from among those tied using the Criteria. The Sponsors reserve the right to not award any prize if, in their sole discretion, an insufficient number of eligible and qualified entries are received. Decisions of the Sponsors and judges are final and binding.
Potential winners will be notified by telephone, mail and/or e-mail sometime in July, and will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and, unless prohibited, a Publicity Release, a W-9 Form and any additional documents that may be required by prize provider within fourteen (14) days of date of issuance. If any potential winner is an eligible minor in his or her jurisdiction of residence, prize may, at the Sponsors’ discretion, be awarded in the name of the parent or legal guardian, and such parent or legal guardian will be required to fulfill all requirements imposed on winners set forth herein. Noncompliance with this time period or with these Official Rules, or the return of any prize notification as undeliverable, may result in disqualification and, at the Sponsors’ discretion, the prize will be awarded to an applicable runner-up.
Grand Place Prize: $2,000 (U$D) cash prize;
One (1) SKB 3i-2215-8 Camera Case; One (1) 15-30mm G2 Tamron Lens; One (1) Zeiss Conquest HD 8×32 Binoculars; One (1) Yuneec Typhoon H Plus Drone; One (1) LOWA Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots; One (1) FlatHat 32” Drone Landing Pad (Blue & Yellow); One (1) Hardcover, high quality Bay Photo photo book featuring all finalists; One (1) Exclusive VIP Membership (ARV $99.95); One (1) One-year Zinio Subscription to Outdoor Photographer Magazine (ARV $10.50); Placement as Outdoor Photographer Facebook Cover Photo (ARV priceless); publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of Outdoor Photographer (ARV priceless); Publication in the Outdoor Photographer online Winners’ gallery.
Total First Place ARV: Approximately $4,000.00
Second Place Prize: $500 (U$D) cash prize; One (1) 17-35 Tamron Lens; One (1) Zeiss TERRA 8×32 Binoculars; One (1) SKB 3i-2011-7 camera case; One (1) Hardcover, high quality Bay Photo photo book featuring all finalists; One (1) Exclusive VIP Membership (ARV $99.95); One (1) One-year Zinio Subscription to Outdoor Photographer Magazine (ARV $10.50); Publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of Outdoor Photographer (ARV priceless); Publication in the Outdoor Photographer online Winners’ gallery.
Total Second Place ARV: approximately $1600.00
Third Place Prize: $250 (U$D) cash prize; One (1) SKB 3i-1510-6 camera case; One (1) Hardcover, high quality Bay Photo photo book featuring all finalists; One (1) Exclusive VIP Membership (ARV $99.95); One (1) One-year Zinio Subscription to Outdoor Photographer Magazine (ARV $10.50); publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of Outdoor Photographer (ARV priceless); Publication in the Outdoor Photographer online Winners’ gallery (ARV priceless).
Total Third Place ARV: Approximately $400.00
Current total ARV of all prizes: approximately $6,000.00
If, for any reason, the Sponsors do not feature any of the winning entries in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, no compensation or substitution will be provided; however, remainder of prize package will be awarded and the Sponsors will have no further obligation to winners. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsors. No substitution, cash equivalent or transfer of prizes permitted by winners. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, in their sole discretion. All federal, state and local taxes as well as any costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being awarded are sole responsibility of each winner. Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by the Sponsors. Limit one (1) prize per household.
USE OF ENTRY:
By submitting an entry, entrant grants the Sponsors and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use the entry and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes in Sponsors’ online galleries, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. In addition, each winner grants to the Sponsors and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use and distribute the entry (as submitted, or as cropped by the Sponsors), and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes, in any and all media now or hereafter known, including without limitation in Outdoor Photographer, and any Madavor Media magazines for purposes of promotion of this Contest except as otherwise stated herein, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.
USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION:
MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for late, lost, garbled, damaged, incomplete, delayed, undelivered, or misdirected entries or photographs or for computer, technical, printing, typographical, human or other errors relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, inability to access any website associated with the Contest, errors which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials. If for any reason the Contest (or any portion thereof) is not capable of running as planned, including infection by tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and, if terminated, at its discretion, determine winners from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action using judging procedure described above. By participating, entrant agrees (i) to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsors and judges, which are final and binding in all respects, and (ii) to hold the Sponsors and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, prize suppliers and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective directors, officers, employees and agents of the foregoing (collectively, the “Released Parties”), harmless against any and all claims and liability arising, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of or in connection with participation in this Contest, acceptance and use of any prize or Released Parties’ use of any of the rights granted herein. Sponsors may disqualify (and void all associated entries) anyone from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that such person is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, deception or other unfair practices, or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsors’ representatives or who is otherwise not in compliance with the terms of these rules. ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.
WINNERS’ LIST: For the list of winners (available after August 15, 2019), send a separate, stamped, self-addressed envelope to: OP 2019 The American Landscape Photo Contest Winners’ List, Attn: Marketing Department, 25 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 404, Braintree, MA 02184, to be received by September 30, 2019.
Madavor Media, 25 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 404, Braintree, MA 02184
SKB, 434 West Levers Place, Orange, CA 92867
Tamron, 10 Austin Blvd., Commack, NY 11725
Zeiss, 12121 Scripps Summit Drive #400, San Diego, CA 92131
Yuneec, 2275 Sampson Ave, Ste., 200 Corona, CA 92879
Bayphoto, 920 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
LOWA, 86 Viaduct Rd., Stamford, CT 06907
Expodisc, 121 Aviation Way, Watsonville, CA 95076