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Our premier photo contest of the year

For the past seven years, photographers have submitted their finest landscape images for consideration in Outdoor Photographer’s American Landscape Photo Contest, celebrating the beauty of our country’s natural spaces. Enter your best landscape photos today for your chance to be published in Outdoor Photographer and win other great prizes!

You could win

A 15-30mm G2 lens by Tamron, a SKB hard case, a Yuneec Typhoon H Plus Drone, Conquest HD Binoculars by Zeiss, $2,000 cash and so much more!

2018 Winners

Need Some Inspiration?

Last year, we had some stunning entries to The American Landscape, and above you can see the top dogs of that bunch. Check out last year’s finalists and winners below, and show us what you have to offer!

2018 Finalists

This year, we have some amazing submissions so far. The contest is far from over, but take a look at some of our featured submissions here!

Featured Submissions

Please note that these are not finalists or winners—those will be announced after the contest ends. The images shared here are some of the great submissions we have received so far.

ENTRY FEE:
$25 for 1 image
$35 for 2 images
PLUS and VIP members get one free image entry.
ENTRY DEADLINE:
April 10, 2019
See FAQ & Official Rules
for more information

Grand Prize

  • $2,000 cash prize
  • One (1) 15-30 G2 Tamron Lens
  • One (1) Yuneec Typhoon H Plus Drone
  • One (1) Zeiss 8×32 Conquest HD
  • One (1) SKB 3i-2215-8 Camera Case
  • One (1) Haida M10 Enthusiast Kit
  • 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 winners and all finalists
  • One (1) one-year VIP membership to Outdoor Photographer
  • One (1) one-year digital subscription to Outdoor Photographer magazine
  • Your image showcased in a special multi-spread feature in Outdoor Photographer magazine
  • Your winning entry as the cover image on Outdoor Photographer’s Facebook page
  • Featured in the Outdoor Photographer online winners’ gallery

Second Prize

  • $500 cash prize
  • One (1) 17-35 Tamron Lens
  • One (1) Zeiss TERRA 8×32
  • One (1) SKB 3i-2011-7 Camera Case
  • One (1) Hardcover, high-quality Bay Photo photo book featuring winners and all finalists
  • One (1) one-year VIP membership to Outdoor Photographer
  • One (1) one-year digital subscription to Outdoor Photographer magazine
  • Your image showcased in a special multi-spread feature in Outdoor Photographer magazine
  • Featured in the Outdoor Photographer online winners’ gallery

Third Prize

  • $250 cash prize
  • One (1) SKB 3i-1510-6 Camera Case
  • One (1) Hardcover, high-quality Bay Photo photo book featuring winners and all finalists
  • One (1) one-year VIP membership to Outdoor Photographer
  • One (1) one-year digital subscription to Outdoor Photographer magazine
  • Your image showcased in a special multi-spread feature in Outdoor Photographer magazine
  • Featured in the Outdoor Photographer online winners’ gallery
George Lepp

George Lepp

Guest Judge

One of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers and a leader in the field of digital imaging and photographic education, Lepp is the author of many books and the field editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine. One of Canon’s original Explorers of Light, Lepp finds inspiration in advancing technology that fuels creative innovation and expression of his life-long fascination with the natural world.

William Neill

William Neill

Guest Judge

William Neill is a renowned nature and landscape photographer and a recipient of the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography. Neill’s award-winning photography has been widely published in books, magazines, calendars and posters, and his limited-edition prints have been collected and exhibited in museums and galleries nationally, including the Museum of Fine Art Boston, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Vernon Collection and The Polaroid Collection. Neill’s published credits include National Geographic, Smithsonian, Natural History, National Wildlife, Conde Nast Traveler, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Travel and Leisure, Wilderness, Sunset, Sierra and Outside magazines. He is also regular contributor to Outdoor Photographer with his column “On Landscape”.

Need help perfecting your submission?

Check out these five guides to improve your landscape photos.

BRUSH UP

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t answered here, please send us an email at [email protected] with the following details:

  1. The name of the contest (2019 The American Landscape)
  2. Your username
  3. The image ID # (if applicable)
  4. The exact nature of your problem

Q: Who may enter?

A:

Contest is open to individuals over the age of 18 and residents of the U.S.

Q: How do I enter?

A:

Click “Submit Your Images.” You’ll need to be logged in to your Outdoor Photographer account to enter. If you don’t have an account, click here to register for your free account. You may also log in using your Facebook account through the Connect With Facebook option.

Q: In what format should I submit my photos?

A:

Each photograph must be submitted in .JPG format and cannot exceed 4 MB in size.

Q: How many photos may I enter?

A:

You may enter as many photos as you like. Pricing is one (1) photo for $25 per entry, $35 for two entries.

Pricing For Submissions
Regular Entry Period (until 04/10/2019)
1 Photo: $25
2 Photos: $35

There is no limit to the number of photos you may submit.

Simply visit the entry page at www.outdoorphotographer.com/photo-contests/the-american-landscape and the system will determine your order status.

Q: Is my credit card information secure?

A:

Absolutely! The payment form is hosted on our secure payment processor’s site and your credit card information (including your physical address) is submitted directly to the applicable credit card company through 256-bit encrypted pages. The header graphic is the only non-secure item on the payment page and only your email and the success/failure message of the transaction are submitted back to our site.

Q: Can I pass the word on this competition to my friends, classmates, Facebook/Twitter followers, etc.?

A:

Yes, please! The link to the contest portal is http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/americanlandscape

Q: Do I have to print or mail in my photos?

A:

No. Please upload entries using the online entry form. Mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Q: Can I process my photos using Photoshop or another image-processing program?

A:

Yes.

Q: When will the winners be notified?

A:

Sometime between April 24th, 2019 to May 24th, 2019.

Q: When will the winners be announced?

A:

All winners will be announced online sometime between April 24th, 2019 to May 24th, 2019

Q: What are the prizes?

A:

See the contest landing page or the official rules for a complete list of contest prizes.

Q: When I try to enter online, I get an error message. What's going on?

A:

If your attempts at entering online aren’t successful, our system might be struggling. Try waiting a few minutes, then clear your browser’s cache and cookies—you might even try restarting your computer—and go to the online entry page again.

Additionally, title your photos with alphanumeric characters only. Please don’t use apostrophes, ampersands or any other character symbol, as doing so may cause errors during uploading.

Q: I've tried clearing my cache and cookies, and I even bought a new computer. The online entry form just isn't working for me.

A:

Double-check that the size of your images meets our requirements. If all else fails, send us an email at [email protected]. In your email, please indicate:

  1. The name of the contest (2019 The American Landscape contest)
  2. Your username
  3. The image ID # (if applicable)
  4. The exact nature of your problem

Official Rules

Outdoor Photographer The American Landscape Official Rules

ELIGIBILITY:
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.

CONTEST PERIOD:
The Contest will begin on February 1st, 2019 and end on April 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 April 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.

WINNER NOTIFICATION:
Potential winners will be notified by telephone, mail and/or e-mail between April 24th, 2019 to May 24th, 2019, 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.

PRIZES:

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:
Your personal information collected in connection with this Contest will be used in accordance with Madavor Media’s Privacy Policy (available at http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/privacy-policy) including, without limitation, for marketing and promotional purposes.

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 April 30, 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 May 30, 2019.

SPONSORS:
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

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