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Photo Contest

A fundraising event to benefit the Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance

Since 2015, the IPWA has held an Annual Photo Contest in the fall to showcase the beauty of the Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness. 


The purpose of this event is to engage IPWA volunteers & supporters in a fun activity to promote the protection of the Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness areas - all while increasing financial support for the IPWA (a 100% volunteer based organization).


The IPWA Board will review submissions and the winners will be announced in early October. The IPWA will use the selected photos to create notecards to sell for fundraising purposes, as well as for gifts and marketing.


When is the contest held?

  • The contest is held annually during the month of September. Please Contact Us to sign up for our newsletters and announcements. 

  • The IPWA Board will meet in early October to review the photos and determine the winners.


What are the photo guidelines?

  • Any donor/volunteer/intern of the IPWA may submit photos. If you would like to join our organization, you can support us with a donation of just $10 (or more)! To join us, visit the Become a Supporter page.

  • Each individual may submit no more than 2 photos (in .jpeg format). 

  • Photos may not include people or dogs (landscape and flora/fauna only). 

  • Winners shall be determined based upon the review of judges of how well the photos represent the wilderness characteristics of the IP/JP areas. 

  • There shall be no payments made to volunteers/supporters submitting the photos. All proceeds from the sale of the photos shall be used by the IPWA for educational purposes, trail projects, patrolling activities and other wilderness advocacy programs and operational expenses. 

  • By submitting your photos, you allow the IPWA to use them as the Board deems appropriate. Submissions do not have any copyright protection. 


What do winners receive?

  • An email from the Board stating that they are one of the winners.

  • One box of note cards at no charge. 

  • Your name will be included on the back of each note card that has your photograph printed on it. 

How will the note cards be promoted?

  • The IPWA will promote the note cards on the IPWA website, our Facebook page, on Instagram, along with including them in our October, November and December monthly newsletters.  

  • During the holiday season fundraising drive in November/December, the note card sets are provided as an incentive to donors at the $100 level and above. 

Will the note cards promote more traffic into the Wilderness? 

  • The Board believes this project will neither increase wilderness traffic by members of the public, nor will it cause harm to the areas represented in any of the photos published. The location of the photos are not listed. 


Annual Photo Contest Winners

2022 Winners

2021 Winners

2020 Winners