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2020 Montana Press Photo Contest

— Official Rules —


The 2019 Montana Press Photo Contest (the “Contest”) begins January 1, 2020 and ends May 30, 2020 at 12 p.m. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 30, 2020 AT 12 p.m. MST. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winners. Subject matter for content is limited to photographs of Montana. Entries without a descriptive caption will be disqualified.

Who May Enter

Contest is open to individuals of all ages.

How to Enter:

Subject matter for content is limited to photographs of Montana. A caption for each photo should be provided. Digital entries are accepted via email only at

Entries are limited to three (3) photographs per person. Persons from the same household may all submit separate entries. Photographs must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this Contest. The photograph need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable. All digital files must be 20 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG or .jpg format, and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image). Photographs may not previously have won an award in any Livingston Current or Montana Press Photography Contest.

Only minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable, as is minor cropping. High dynamic range images (HDR) and stitched panoramas are acceptable. Any changes to the original photograph not itemized here will render the photograph ineligible for a prize.

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. 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.

The 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 the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph.

Entries should be submitted to and should include "PHOTO CONTEST" in the subject line.


Judging consists of two (2) rounds of evaluation based on the following criteria: creativity, photographic quality and genuineness and authenticity of the content. The entries selected in round one will proceed to round two. In round two, the Judges will collectively select a First Place, Second Place and Third Place Winner and seven (7) runners-up.

Contest Prizes

The First Place Winner will receive $500, his/her winning photograph will be published on the cover of the June 2019 issue of Montana Press and will receive a professionally framed print of the work. Second and Third Place winners will get a professionally framed print of their work (must be picked up by winners). All winners and runners-up will also have their photographs published in the interior of the June 2020 issue of Montana Press and will have the opportunity to sell their work at the June 2020 Art Walk in Livingston at the Livingston Center for Art and Culture.


By entering the Contest, winning entrants grant a non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in the print issue of the Montana Press and at a subsequent showing of the photographs in a collective art exhibit.

2019 Grand Prize winner (above) Sara Schroeder: “A hiker experiences solitude and the beauty of spring runoff at Cataract Falls on the Rocky Mountain Front in the Lewis and Clark National Forest.” All rights reserved by Sara Schroder.

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