In order to increase awareness and appreciation of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, the Friends of Hagerman
NWR is sponsoring a photography contest. Ribbons will be awarded for First, Second, and Third place in each of
four categories in 2 divisions. In addition, a cash prize will be awarded for First Place in each category and the
single photo judged as “Best of Show”. Winners will be determined by a panel of judges, who will review the
submitted photos without reference to entrant name.
Winners’ photographs will be displayed at the Refuge Visitor Center, and published on the Friends of Hagerman
web site. The Friends of Hagerman Nature Photo Contest Committee will coordinate and conduct the contest for the
Refuge and Friends of Hagerman NWR.
Entries will be accepted from. Aug 1, 2018 through 4 pm, Aug 31, 2018. All entries including those sent by mail
must be RECEIVED at Hagerman NWR by the deadline. THERE WILL BE NO DEADLINE EXTENSION!
The contest is open to all photographers EXCEPT U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees and their immediate
families AND the Friends of Hagerman Board of Directors, including the Nature Photo Club leader and their
immediate families, who are not eligible.
All submitted images must have been taken within the boundaries of the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
within the last five (5) calendar years (2014-2018). Furthermore, previous winning entries (First, Second or Third
Place in any category of previous Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contests) are ineligible for entry.
Entry fee of $1 must be presented for each submission. Each entrant may submit as many images as desired in
any combination of categories for which they are eligible, but each image requires a separate $1 entry fee.
Submitted entries must be the original work of the photographer, and the photographer must own the copyright
to the image. The photographer retains the copyright of the submitted images, but must agree to allow the
Refuge to use and publish the submitted entries showing photographer credit without further compensation to
the copyright holder.
Photos that have been published for compensation or sold may not be submitted.
Submissions must be digital and must be submitted on a CD or DVD. Photos that were taken with a film camera
must be scanned to a digital JPEG format and submitted on a CD or DVD.
High-resolution JPEG images measuring at least 2000 pixels on the longest side may be burned on the same CD
or DVD or submitted on as many additional CDs or DVDs as needed. These will be used for judging and
publication/exhibition, if selected as a winner.
Each image file must be labeled with the photographer’s first and last name, image title and the category it is to
be entered in. For example: JohnSmith-Little blue heron-Wildlife.jpg. Photographer’s name will be removed
from the filename and replaced by a code prior to judging. Photographs where the image itself is labeled with a
watermark or copyright tag will be disqualified and will not be judged.
Each CD or DVD must bear the photographer’s name, phone number and e-mail address.
ALL PHOTOGRAPHS, except those submitted as Artistic, must accurately reflect the subject matter as it
appeared in the viewfinder. Photos that have been altered beyond standard dust removal, minimal cropping,
and correction will be disqualified. This includes the addition or deletion of any objects in the photos.
More information and rules on the Friends of Hagerman Website
2017 Photo Contest winners