Contest looking for best nature photos


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I would like to think I'm a pretty good photographer. But reality disagrees. My smart phone is filled with ghastly pictures of my otherwise-beautiful friends, color-drained landscapes, and, naturally, a million grainy shots of my cat.

Pretty sure none of those are going to win a contest.

Those of you with actual talent, however, could win a contest. Get your photos in by tomorrow, and you could be a competitor in the Rocky Mountain Field Institute's photo contest. All the details are below.

Selfies and cat pictures are apparently not appreciated.


Rocky Mountain Field Institute launches its first juried photo contest. The theme for the competition, “NATURE!” challenges photographers of all skill levels to think about the dynamic between humans and the environment. Ranging from passion to rage to thrill to despair, our relationship with the environment is complicated by natural disasters such as wildfire and flooding. Categories include:

Reaction: images of the force of nature, including fires, floods, or other damage.

Rebirth: images that highlight the efforts to overcome devastating natural events.

Rejoice: images that showcase the beauty of our natural areas and the wonderful outdoors we enjoy.

Recreate: images that capture humans enjoying nature.

Youth: images encompassing the theme of the contest, taken by those 17 and younger

RMFI is looking for powerful images that capture the multi-faceted relationship between people and the natural environment. 2 images from each category will be selected as finalists. These images will be exhibited throughout November (including our annual Fall ShinDIG at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center Nov. 7th), culminating in a final exhibit on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO). A grand prize winner will be chosen by public vote and announced at the final exhibit. The final exhibit is an Indy Give! event hosted in partnership with the BAC, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, Medicine Wheel and Concrete Couch.

HOW TO ENTER: Entry fee is $10/jpeg. 3 jpegs for $25. Thereafter, $7.50 for any additional images. Please submit entries to Please pay entry fee online at or mail/deliver payment to RMFI: 815 S. 25th St, Ste 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. Deadline for submission is October 25, 2013.

Top entries will be decided by a panel of professional photographers and artisans. Chosen entries will need to be printed, mounted and framed by photographer to be displayed throughout November (name and contact information may be included). Prizes include much laud and fanfare from RMFI, your name in lights and in our e-news, and the prestige of having won.

For more information or questions please contact 719-471-7736 or

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