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Washington Wild Photo Contest

Washington Wild Photo Contest
June 21 – August 20, 2021

We love seeing photos from your adventures in the outdoors! Your photos help us tell the story of our state’s wild legacy and advance efforts to defend our public lands from new and ongoing threats. Thank you for helping us capture the beauty of Washington’s wild places.


The Washington Wild Photo Contest features five categories with prizes awarded for the top photo in each category. The 2021 categories are:

FISH AND WILDLIFE – Show us your favorite non-human friends found in National Parks, Forests, or designated wilderness areas! Remember to always give wildlife plenty of space.

PEOPLE AND PUBLIC LANDS – Hiking, biking, walking, and fishing — these are just a few ways to interact with public lands. Show us your favorite way to play on public lands and be sure to recreate responsibly

WILD WATERS – Washington’s federal lands are home to a number of wild rivers, streams, lakes, and waterfalls. Submit photos to this category that capture wild waters in all their glory! 

Photos for the above three categories must be taken on Washington state federal lands, which include National Forests, National Parks, designated wilderness areas, inventoried roadless areas, and any areas within pending proposed wilderness, including the Wild Olympics Campaign.

WILD WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES – Whether it’s a nearby park, balcony, or your own backyard, there’s natural beauty in our communities just waiting to be seen and shared. Submit photos to this category that are taken close to home.

BREWSHED® CONNECTION – Must be 21+ to submit to this category. Show off your favorite brew from a Washington Brewshed® Alliance member, either on-site or in the wild. Always pack in and pack out and drink responsibly.


Back for the second year in a row! Submit your photos using the guidelines below and please indicate in your email that you are submitting as a youth. Must be 13 to 17 years of age as of the date of submission. 


The Washington Wild Photo Contest begins on Monday, June 21 at 12AM (PST) and ends Friday, August 20 at 11:59 PM (PST)Entries submitted before or after the entry period will not be eligible for consideration in the contest. 

Email your photo entries directly to Please zip file your submissions if the files are too large to send. If you’d prefer to send via Dropbox or another platform, please email 

There is no limit to the number of entries per person.

Include the following: 

  • First and last name of the photographer. 
  • Date of birth if submitting to Brewshed® Connection category or Youth Contest
  • Caption for each photo (in body of email or attached as a document) including:
  • Where it was taken. We strongly encourage you to include the name of the Native Tribe(s) whose land the photo was taken on by using this free mapping tool.
  • Which category you are submitting to. 
  • Photos must be in one of the following formats: JPEG, TIFF, or PNG. 
  • Submit the highest-quality version of your photo. 

There will be one winner selected from each of the above categories. Each winner will receive the below prize package.  

  • Washington Wild Branded GRAYL 16 oz Ultralight Compact Purifier 
  • $50 Ascent Outdoors Gift Card
  • Washington Wild t-shirt (available in sizes S – XL)
  • Brewshed Connection® winner will also receive a Washington Wild Branded Miir stainless steel pint glass 

Youth Contest: 1 winner 

  • Washington Wild Branded GRAYL 16 oz Ultralight Compact Purifier
  • Washington Wild Branded Klean Kanteen
  • Headlamp from Ascent Outdoors

Our 2021 Photo Contest Judging Committee is made up of WA Wild staff, board members, and local volunteers. The committee will select a winner from all four adult categories, plus a youth category winner. Winners will be notified by early September.


By submitting to this contest, I acknowledge the following: grant Washington Wild a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to use my photo(s) in their communications and outreach such as (but not limited to) their website, newsletter, social media, brochures, and other print and electronic materials. I agree that the submitted photos may be cropped, edited, electronically manipulated, or otherwise altered for these uses. I grant Washington Wild the rights (as described above) to use my photograph(s), whether or not I win the contest. 

As a condition of this agreement, Washington Wild will credit all photographs with the photographer’s full name as provided.