Montana Wilderness Association holding annual photo contest

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Montana Wilderness Association is holding its annual Picture Wild Montana photo contest, with prizes offered for the best photos taken on public lands across the state.

The theme of this year’s contest is “People and Public Lands.” MWA wants to highlight the connection that Montanans feel to our public lands and waters, so participants are encouraged to submit photos that feature friends, family, or themselves enjoying those lands and water.

Photos should showcase the joy felt exploring our wilderness areas, state parks, national forests, wilderness study areas, and other federal, state, and local public lands.

Since 2009, thousands of amateur and professional photographers from across the state have participated in the Picture Wild Montana photo contest. Last year, nearly 300 photographers submitted over 1,100 photos.

This year, photographers are invited to submit their photos at from now until 11:59 p.m. on December 18.

Contestants may submit as many photos as they’d like, but each photo must be submitted individually.

Prizes for this year’s first- and second-place winners include gear from sponsors Mystery Ranch and Oboz Footwear.

The third-place winner will receive swag from MWA, including apparel, a “Keep It Wild” coffee mug, stickers and more.

“MWA’s Picture Wild Montana contest allows people to express their appreciation of public lands through photography,” says Ben Gabriel, MWA executive director. “It’s also a great occasion to celebrate those lands and each individual’s connection to them.”

All winners will also receive a complimentary yearlong membership to MWA.

Submissions will be judged by Luke Duran, art director at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ “Montana Outdoors” magazine. First, second, and third-place winners will be announced in early 2020.

Full contest rules can be found on the website.

Questions should be directed to Montana Wilderness Association Communications Coordinator Keely Damara at

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