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Public Lands and Waters Photo Contest

posted Sep 23, 2016, 7:21 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Oct 20, 2016, 10:51 AM by Matt Kearns ]

Public Lands and Waters Photo Contest

Presented in partnership with KEEN and Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

Help us showcase some of the most special places in West Virginia by submitting your photographs of our public lands and waterways! The Monongahela National Forest, Gauley River National Recreation Area, New River Gorge National River, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge — you get the idea; now let's see those photos! We're looking for photos of landscapes and water, and outdoor recreation like hiking, fishing, and paddling. 

Pictures of people enjoying the outdoors with their pets would be awesome, too. And don't forget kids! If you're considering a marriage proposal this year, now's your chance to capture it on camera and share it with the world! Let's show the country and the world the beauty of the Mountain State!

Contest Rules
  1. Photos must be taken on or of publicly owned federal land or water bodies within the state of West Virginia. (National Forest, National Park, National River, etc)
  2. Photos must have been taken between January 1, 2015 and the contest deadline of December 31, 2016.
  3. Photos must be accompanied by a location (be as specific as you can) and the photographer's name and address (email or snail mail).
  4. Photos must be submitted by December 31, 2016.
  5. You must agree to the Conditions of Entry.
Awards - winners will be announced by Jan. 18, 2017

The KEEN "Live Monumental" People's Choice Award: Photos must be submitted by Oct. 31 to be eligible for the People's Choice Award. Winner will be chosen at the WV Rivers Film Festival in Morgantown, WV on Nov. 4, 2016. Winning photographer will receive a FREE pair of shoes from KEEN. Photograph must be taken within the proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument boundaries

Blue Ridge Outdoors Editor's Choice Award: Winner selected by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, winning photographer will receive a BRO prize pack and will be considered for publication in a future online or print issue. 

Outdoor recreation: Winner selected by WV Rivers contest judges; winning photographer will receive a WV Rivers prize pack 

Water and landscapes: - Winner selected by WV Rivers contest judges;  winning photographer will receive a WV Rivers prize pack.

WV Rivers Staff Award: Winner selected by WV Rivers staff; winning photographer will receive a WV Rivers prize pack. This award is open to any photograph.

How to Enter
Post your photo on WV Rivers Photo Contest event page or email

You must also fill out the
consent form to agree to the conditions of entry and specify the level of permission you are donating. 

Photographers must submit a high-resolution photo upon request.