Photo Contest

A fundraising event to benefit the Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance

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


The purpose of this contest is to engage IPWA volunteers and members in a fun activity to promote the preservation and protection of the Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness Areas. You are encouraged to submit your own favorite photographs (see details below).

The IPWA Board will review submissions and winners will be announced in early October. The IPWA will use the selected photos to create note cards to sell for fundraising purposes, as well as for gifts and marketing. All of this goes towards increasing financial support for the IPWA (a 100% volunteer based organization). 


When is the contest held?

  • The contest is held annually during the month of September (submission dates & instructions are sent out with the Contest Announcement email). 

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


What are the photo guidelines?

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

Thanks to EVERYONE who has sent in photos for our annual IPWA photo contest!


Annual Photo Contest Winners

2019 Winners

2018 Winners

2017 Winners

2016 Winners

2015 Winners

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