Lookout Wild Film and Photography Festival

Lookout Wild Film and Photography Festival

Deadline: October 21, 2020
Entry Fee: $1
Prizes: “Loggy” Awards

The Lookout Wild Film Festival is an outdoor adventure and conservation festival in Chattanooga, Tenn., that aims to celebrate what we call “wild” films. In 2016, we were pleased to seat more than 4,000 audience members over 4 days. We are looking for projects that celebrate the wild places around the Southeast, North America and the world.

For 2021, we are thrilled to continue LWFF’s annual Outdoor Photography Competition! See details on the specific categories. The 2021 festival will likely move to Summer or Fall of 2021 due to concerns over COVID 19.

Topics of such films and photographs may include — but are not limited to — exploration, conservation, nature, wildlife, survival and outdoor activities such as adventure sports. Some sports/activities we hope to encompass are: rock climbing, cycling, paddling, hiking, hang gliding, skiing, running, mountain biking, fishing, birding, snowshoeing, caving, boarding (snow, wake, skate and others), horseback riding, surfing, multisport, slack lining, base jumping and whatever else people are doing outside.

Chattanooga is a youthful, growing outdoor mecca drawing in top adventurers from around the United States. The city are also garnering attention from media outlets and tourism groups, headlined by Outside Magazine calling the Scenic City its “Best Town Ever” in 2011 and 2015.

We believe that the Lookout Wild Film Festival will be key part of Chattanooga’s continued growth as a destination for both outdoor enthusiasts and young, techie creatives. We hope to see you here!


  • B&W
    Black and white photography. Must be outdoor, adventure or conservation related.
  • Adventure
    This category celebrates outdoor adventure photographs, particularly adventure sports like paddling, climbing, running, caving, hiking, board sports, snow sports, hang gliding, etc. There will probably be people in these photos.
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife photos from anywhere in the world will be accepted.
  • 100 miles of Chattanooga
    Outdoor photos in this category must be shot within 100 miles of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Detailed location required for judges, but only general description will be provided to the public upon photographers request.
  • Static Nature
    Ok, nothing in nature is truly static, but we had to name this category something. This category is for non-wildlife nature photography, including landscapes, macro, plants, scenery, weather, etc.
  • Student Photography
    Photography by students younger than 21. Photos should have an outdoor, adventure, conservation or wildlife theme.

Awards & Prizes

First place “Loggy” awards for each category


  • January 7, 2020: Opening Date
  • June 1, 2020: Earlybird Deadline
  • September 1, 2020: Regular Deadline
  • October 1, 2020: Late Deadline
  • October 21, 2020: Extended Deadline
  • November 12, 2020: Notification Date
  • January 28 – 31, 2021: Event Date

Entry Fee

  • Earlybird Deadline
    Standard: $1
    Student: $1
    Gold Members: Free
  • Regular Deadline
    Standard: $1
    Student: $1
    Gold Members: Free
  • Late Deadline
    Standard: $1
    Student: $1
    Gold Members: Free
  • Extended Deadline
    Standard: $1
    Student: $1
    Gold Members: Free


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