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TAKE THE LEAP!
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Open to both professional and amateur photographers, The Great Outdoors celebrates the beautiful vistas, diverse wildlife and adventure that make our planet so unique.

Be a part of this extraordinary compilation of outdoor work, published in the October issue of PDN and on PDNonline.com. Two grand-prize winners will win cash awards—up to $1,500—a Tamron lens and $500 to B&H Photo.

THERE'S NO RISK TO ENTER
No Risk to Enter
All photographers retain their copyright. Winning work will only be published in the print and online winners' gallery and in promotion related to the great outdoors: wildlife + adventure contest.
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CONTEST INFO
CONTEST INFO
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PRIZES
ONE PROFESSIONAL GRAND-PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:
  • $1,500 cash prize
  • Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD lens
  • $500 to B&H Photo
Final
DEADLINE
DEADLINE
July 27, 2017
Deadline has passed

ONE AMATEUR GRAND-PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:
  • $1,000 cash prize
  • Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens
  • $500 to B&H Photo
SIX FIRST-PLACE WINNERS WILL RECEIVE:
All winners will be published in the October issue of PDN and in a gallery on pdnonline.com, which reaches and audience of more than 460,000 readers, followers and photo-industry creatives.
CATEGORIES
  • LANDSCAPES
  • WILDLIFE/INSECTS
  • ACTION/ADVENTURE
  • BEACHES/UNDERWATER
ENTRY FEE
Single or series (2-6 images)*
Professional: $35 $45 | Amateur: $20 $30
*Please note that a series must be visually related and is limited to 6 images. 30% discount with PHOTO+ membership. You can either sign up for or renew your membership directly from the "Add submissions" page of this site, or visit photoplusgroup.com.
JUDGES
 JUDGES
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Louisa Albanese
Photo Editor / Photographer
BACKPACKER
Justin Appenzeller
Photo Editor
Field & StreamOutdoor LifeShot Business
Jeff Heimsath
Associate Photo Editor
National Geographic
Cristina Mittermeier
President of SeaLegacy
Contributing photographer, National Geographic
ABOUT US
 ABOUT US
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Photo District News (PDN), the award-winning monthly magazine for the professional photographer, has been covering the professional photographic industry for more than 30 years.

In addition to prizes of monetary value, our photo contests provide entrants with immeasurable exposure to leading creatives. Winners' galleries are published in PDN with additional print distribution to influential photo editors, creative directors and art buyers looking for new and established talent.

PDN's family of photo contests covers a broad range of fields and experience, and has a reputation for prestige and value.
See more of our contests here.
Rangefinder (Rf), the award-winning monthly magazine for wedding and portrait photographers, has been covering the photographic industry for more than 60 years. In addition to prizes of monetary value, our photo contests provide entrants with immeasurable exposure to the photography community. Winners are published in Rangefinder, distributed to more than 111,000 readers worldwide, and are also published in an online gallery on Rangerfinderonline.com. Rangefinder's family of photo contests covers a broad range of fields and experience, and has a reputation for prestige and value.

See more of our contests here.
FAQ
 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS   FAQ
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Who may enter this contest?
Entrants must be 18 years or older. Employees and direct family members of PDN and its affiliates are not eligible to enter or win prizes. See Rules page for more details.


Can I enter if I live outside of the U.S.?

Except where prohibited by law, international entries can be submitted.



What is an entry?

An entry consists of one image or one photo series.



What is a photo series?

A photo series includes two to six images that convey a story around a particular theme.



Can I enter cinemagraphs/.gifs?

Yes, cinemagraphs can be entered into the motion/multimedia category.



How are the entries judged?

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges selected by Photo District News. One additional winner will be selected by People's choice voting on public portfolios for entrants. Entrants have the option of opting out of People's Choice judging by setting their image sharing option to "private" upon registration, or at any time after registration through their profile settings. The People's Choice winner will appear along with the winners selected by the judges in winners' galleries however there is no monetary prize for the People's Choice winner.

Judging is subjective, however, we have a few simple guidelines for putting together your entry.

  • If you are entering a single image, make sure it's strong on its own. You may choose to also enter it as part of a series, but as a single, it should relay the story, moment or concept you want to convey.
  • If you are entering a series, make your series cohesive. If it is not from the same photographic series or project, a visual relation that ties the imagery together is key. Judges will be making decisions based upon the strength of the series as a whole. Make a careful edit of your images and order them the way you want them to be viewed.
  • Trust your instincts, but also ask the advice of those you trust. Sometimes you need another opinion to improve your edit. Ask someone with a good eye, be it another artist, your rep or a creative who has experience in the field.
See Rules page for more details on judging process.



Is there a limit to the number of entries that I can enter?

No, you may enter as many entries as you like.



What format should I save my digital images?

Digital images should have a long dimension of at least 2,000 pixels and be saved at 300 dpi (around 7" or larger) jpeg. We recommend the uncompressed file size not be larger than 4 megabytes to ensure a fast upload experience. We can accept images that are up to 50 megabytes (uncompressed) if you do not have the ability to downsize the images (uncompressed is the size you see in Photoshop's "Image Size" display which represents the count of pixels in the image: It is not the file size on your computer's hard drive viewable on your desktop). Images may be color profiled in sRGB, Adobe-1998, or not color-managed.


How do you define a "professional" photographer?

A professional photographer:

  • Earns more than 50 percent of his or her income from photographic sales.
  • Is a member of such professional photo organizations as the National Press Photographers Association.



Is there a timeframe for when my photos must have been taken to qualify for this contest?

No, there are no timeframe restrictions for this contest.



I have entered my photo in another competition. Does this disqualify my entry?

No, we allow images that have been entered or have won in other photo competitions, including other PDN/Rangefinder/WPPI contests, as long as they have not been entered into this contest in a previous year.



Should I watermark my images?

No, we will appropriately credit all winning photographers.



Will my images be sold?

No. You retain copyright to your photograph and the Sponsors may not sell your photo entry for a fee. All entries may be posted online so that viewers may view all competing entries. And winning entries may be used in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest for a period of 24 months from the date winners are notified.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be contacted in September 2017 and the winning entries will be published in PDN's October 2017 Issue.



Do you still have questions?

For additional questions email: info@pdncontests.com.

RULES
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SPONSORS

The sponsor of PDN The Great Outdoors Photography Contest is Emerald Expositions, Inc., 100 Broadway, 14th floor, New York, NY 10005.



TERM

The Contest ends June 29 2017 , at 11:59 pm PST (the Entry Deadline). An Extended deadline of July 13 2017 will be issued after June 29 2017, at 11:59 pm PST with a $10 per entry late fee. All entries must be received by the Extended Entry Deadline.



WHO MAY ENTER

Employees of Photo District News® , and each of their affiliates, subsidiaries and agents, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such individuals, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win a prize. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age as of the date of entry. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.



HOW TO ENTER

To enter electronically, please visit www.greatoutdoorscontest.com to register. Once the registration process has been completed, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. Simply log onto the website and follow the online instructions to upload images from your computer. Digital images should have a long dimension of at least 2,000 pixels and be saved at 300 dpi (Around 7" or larger). We recommend the compressed file size not be larger than 4 megabytes to ensure a fast upload experience. We can accept images that are up to 50 megabytes (uncompressed) if you do not have the ability to downsize the images (uncompressed is the size you see in Photoshop's "Image Size" display which represents the count of pixels in the image: It is not the file size on your computer's hard drive viewable on your desktop). Images may be color profiled in sRGB, Adobe-1998, or not color-managed. For more information on electronic submission guidelines see our FAQ.

You may enter any number of entries in any of the categories.

No mail-in entry is available for this Contest.

Each Entry consists of an entry form, a single image or photo essay and an entry fee.

Each submitted photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that he or she has full power and authority to enter the photograph, and that the photograph does not infringe any copyright or violate any other intellectual property rights. The entrant agrees to indemnify The Photo Group from any and all third party claims arising from the photograph.

Photographs that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud, provided that entrants must be prepared to provide a release form as described below in "Third Party Releases/Licenses." When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close up of another person's art.

If the Photograph includes other people, you must be prepared to provide a signed written personal release from all persons who appear in the Photograph submitted, authorizing use of the Photograph as provided below in "Third Party Releases/Licenses." If you are unable to provide a personal release, upon request by Sponsor and in the form provided by Sponsor, then your entry may be disqualified. You do not need to send the release with your entry. If you win, we will contact you if a model release is needed.

The entries will be judged in accordance with the Judging Criteria, as defined below. The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsors, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Photographs deemed inappropriate will be disqualified.

Online entries must be made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, internet domain owner, or other person or organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

CATEGORIES

Categories are specified on the homepage of the PDN The Great Outdoors Photography Contest website.



COMPETITION PRIZES

Prizes are specified on the homepage of the PDN The Great Outdoors Photography Contest website.



JUDGING
  • Contest consists of two (2) rounds of evaluation. In Round One, a panel of PDN experts in photography (the "Judges") will each review a portion of the entries and select a group of entries in each Category to proceed to Round Two. In Round Two, the Judges will collectively select, from among the entries selected in Round One, a winner in each Category. Limit one prize per winner.

  • Sponsors reserve the right not to award all prizes in the event an insufficient number of eligible entries meeting the minimum judging criteria are received, as determined by Sponsors and Judges in their sole discretion.
  • Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality and effectiveness in expressing the contest theme. Winners will be published in Photo District News' October 2017 issue and online in the Photo District News The Great Outdoors Photography Contest winners' gallery.

  • Decisions of the Sponsors and Judges are final and binding.

ENTRANT LICENSES/RELEASES

If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

By participating, ALL ENTRANTS grant the Sponsors and their designees, licensees or affiliates (the "Authorized Parties") a non-exclusive, worldwide license, through April 2019, to reproduce, distribute, display and post the entries online so that viewers may view all competing entries. In addition, each WINNER grants to the Authorized Parties a license for use of his/her winning entry in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including but not limited to, print or digital publication in PDN magazine showcasing the winners, and promotions related to the contest. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.


THIRD PARTY RELEASES/LICENSES

Winners authorize Emerald Expositions Photo Group to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the photograph entry in connection with PDN The Great Outdoors Photography Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including but not limited to: publication in Photo District News ® showcasing the winners; PDN The Great Outdoors Photography Contest live gallery; the PDN The Great Outdoors Photography Contest Website and on pdnonline.com ; and in exhibits and promotions related to the PDN The Great Outdoors Photography Contest. Winners authorize Emerald Expositions Photo Group to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the photograph entry in connection with the promotion of the PDN The Great Outdoors Photography Contest for up to two (2) years.



LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Emerald Expositions, Inc., and each of their respective partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.

Sponsors assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Sponsors are not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this Contest.


CONDITIONS

This Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if the Sponsor determines the entry to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.

Participants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final on all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if he/she wins that Sponsor may use each winner's name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except in Tennessee and where prohibited by law). All federal, state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize are/is ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.



RIGHT TO CANCEL OR SUSPEND CONTEST

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsors that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. If Sponsors elect to cancel or terminate the Contest, Sponsors will not retain any rights in the submitted photographs and will return the entry fees.


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