Opening: December 1, 2018
Deadline: April 5, 2019
Entry fee: Free
Conditions: subject matter for content is limited to photographs of Montana
Prizes: $500, participation in the exhibition, two nights free lodging at Sage Lodge in Paradise Valley, Montana, publication on the cover issue of Montana Press
For nearly a decade, the Livingston Current newspaper sponsored an annual Earth Day Photo Contest titled “Last Best Places” from 2004 to 2012. When the same publishers launched the Montana Press in November 2018, they decided to bring back the popular annual contest.
Traditionally, the contest encouraged photographers to submit their vision of a “Last Best Place.” While contests of the past have included subject matter from all over the world, for the inaugural Montana Press contest, we ask photographers to submit images exclusively from Montana.
The finalists of the contest will be selected by the Montana Press staff photographer Lindsay Wells whose images have appeared in publications around the world. From a group of finalists, a grand prize winner will be selected along with five runners-up. The Grand Prize is $500, publication on the cover of the Montana Press, and two nights lodging at Sage Lodge in Paradise Valley, Montana. The five runners-up will also have their photography published in the special issue of the Montana Press in May of 2019.
The Montana Press will also sponsor an opening reception and a month-long exhibit featuring the winners at Sage Lodge in Paradise Valley, Montana. Each winner will receive a mounted version of their submitted work after it is displayed.