Photo Contest 2020

Friends of Camas NWR Photography Contest

The Friends of Camas National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating the natural wonders of Eastern Idaho wildlife refuges and wildlife management areas with its fourth photography contest.   Photographs of birds, other wildlife, and flora, as well as scenic images, may be submitted at  through August 31, 2020.  See the complete rules and submission form below.

Entrants may submit up to five photographs taken at the Southeast Idaho Refuge Management Complex (Camas NWR, Bear Lake NWR, Gray’s Lake NWR, Oxford Slough WPA) and Idaho Fish and Game-managed areas (Mud Lake WMA, Market Lake WMA and Deer Parks WMA [including Cartier Slough]). 

A Grand Prize of $50 will be awarded. The first prize will be a Friends of Camas NWR neck gaiter and an Idaho Birding Trails book. The second prize will be Friends of Camas NWR neck gaiter. Third place will be an Idaho Birding Trails book.  All prize winners and honorable mention will receive ribbons.

Photo by Ray Thomas

Friends of Camas NWR Photography Contest Rules

Sole Sponsor is Friends of Camas National Wildlife Refuge

Term of the contest – digital entries only will be accepted through August 31, 2020

Eligibility – (Friends of Camas board members and families, and refuge and management area employees and families are not eligible to enter)

How to enter – Each digital image must be submitted separately using the on-line entry form at  All entries must provide complete information, including subject matter, location, and any digital adjustments.  Only five images in total may be submitted per entrant.  Completed entry forms and digital images should be emailed to

Entry Requirements – Images must be in .jpg format, 10 MB or smaller and at least 1600 pixels on the long edge.

                Images must be taken at the Southeast Idaho Refuge Complex (Camas NWR, Bear Lake NWR, Gray’s Lake NWR, Oxford Slough WPA) or Idaho Fish and Game-managed areas (Mud Lake WMA, Market Lake WMA, Deer Parks WMA).

Photo entry information – All photos must have a complete entry form attached, including subjects, locations, and any digital adjustments.

Acceptable editing may include adjustments to color, contrast, brightness, and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions;  and use of HDR (High Dynamic Range); such modifications must be disclosed.  Images may be scanned from negatives, slides, prints, or transparencies. No watermarks are permitted.

Naming – (last name of photographer) (First name of photographer) (# of 5)(Subject)  Example:  Braastadsue1sunset

Judging – Photographs will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit.  Judges will be selected from current and former Friends of Camas NWR board members.

Intellectual Property –

                Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to future use of the photographs they enter except for the following:  your entry to the contest constitutes your agreement to allow your entered photographs, and your name, occupation, city/state/country of residence, and photo information, to be published as Winners or Honorable Mentions on the Friends of Camas website, and you grant Friends of Camas NWR and its licensees the perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entry (including name credit) in connection with the Friends of Camas NWR Photo Contest and promotion for the Friends of Camas NWR, in any media.

Prizes –

Grand Prize - $50 cash and ribbon

First Prize – Friends of Camas NWR Neck Gaiter, Idaho Birding Trails Book and ribbon

Second Prize – Friends of Camas NWR Neck Gaiter and ribbon

Third Prize – Idaho Birding Trails Book and ribbon

Honorable Mention - ribbon


Submit the form below with each photo.

Please Name your photo as stated above.

Thank you, good luck, and happy shooting!

Photograph Submission Form (application pdf)

Name ___________________________________________

Address __________________________________________

Phone ________________________  Cell ______________

Email address  _____________________________________

Location of photograph:

____  Camas NWR                                           ____ Mud Lake WMA

____ Gray’s Lake NWR                                   ____ Market Lake WMA

____  Bear Lake NWR                                     ____ Deer Parks                              

____ Oxford Slough WPA

Subject and Date of Image:



Modifications to image (contrast, color correction, HDR, sharpening, etc.; see contest rules) ___________________________________________________________________



Agree to use by Friends of Camas NWR as specified in Contest Rules:

Name of entrant ______________________________________________

Date __________________________


Separately submit this form with each image (up to 5 images per person) to