College of Natural Resources photo contest

March 27, 2019
A camera on a tripod facing a mountain range

Help us tell the CNR story by entering our photo contest! Submit your best CNR-related images for a chance to win prizes and to have your work featured in CNR publications and social media.

Guidelines for Photographers

  • Deadline for submissions: Friday, April 19, 2019
  • Limit five photos per person
  • All photos must be original and must depict activities, research, teaching, or people in or related to the College of Natural Resources


  • Research in action: photos that show you or others conducting research in the lab or the field, or using the tools of your trade.
  • The worlds we study: the places, people, and things that are the subjects of your research.
  • Outreach and extension: citizen science, Cooperative Extension work, educational activities on and off campus, and more.
  • Macro/Micro: microscopic photography, images taken with macro lenses, satellite and GIS images, etc.
  • Life at CNR: Teaching, student clubs, field trips, study groups, departmental happy hours, holiday parties, groups on retreats, etc.


  • The contest is open to current and former members of the College of Natural Resources, defined broadly to include faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, staff, and alumni.
  • All photos must be taken by the entrant. By submitting an entry, the participant is confirming that (a) they took the photo; and (b) they grant the College permission to use the photo as described below.

Selection Process & Prizes

  • 1st place winners in each category will receive Pete’s Coffee gift cards. 2nd place winners in each category will receive CNR swag.
  • Submissions will be reviewed anonymously by a panel of judges made up of members of the CNR dean’s office staff and CNR alumni advisory boards.
  • Individual participants may submit up to five entries and may receive more than one award.
  • By submitting photos you also give permission for your images to be used (with photo credit) on CNR’s websites, social media, and in print. Winning photos will be posted on CNR websites and social media channels and may also be featured in Breakthroughs magazine and other print collateral such as thank you cards and promotional materials.


  • To enter, email your photos as email attachments to, with subject line “PHOTO CONTEST SUBMISSION.” If attachments are too large to email as attachments, share your files via google drive (including google drive links in your email).
  • Photo formats accepted: .jpg, .png, .psd, .tiff
  • Please submit image in the highest resolution / largest size you have
  • Include in the body of the email for each photo:
    • Photo Title
    • Category (see above)
    • Description
    • Approximate date photo was taken
  • Also include in your email your affiliation with CNR (if alumni, please note graduating year and degree)

Judging criteria

Judges will take into consideration these criteria: composition, visual appeal, representation of the category, connection with the College of Natural Resources, color, lighting, exposure and focus, overall impression/impact.