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2017 Yampa Valley Crane Festival: Photography Contest

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 12:00am
  • Community-wide
Join the Yampa Valley Crane Festival Photo Competition

The Greater Sandhill Cranes have returned to the Yampa Valley!

These iconic local birds will now nest and raise their young in wetland areas throughout the valley. In late summer and early fall, hundreds of cranes from the Rocky Mountain flock join the local birds to rest and feed before continuing their journey south. Now is the season to start photographing them again! The sixth annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden, with the library as festival headquarters.

Join the Yampa Valley Crane Festival Photo Competition:

Photos must be taken in the Yampa Valley between Sept. 1, 2016 & Aug. 13, 2017. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Yampa Valley Crane Festival.
Photo Subject: Sandhill Cranes and/or Sandhill Crane habitat in the Yampa Valley. May include other birds and wildlife that share crane habitat. Entrants must not infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person, or submit images that
involve willfull harassment of wildlife or damage to the environment by the photographer. No trespassing on private property.

To Submit Photos: All submissions must be sent by email to cranefestphoto@gmail.com and be received no later than Aug.13, 2017. Two submissions per person are allowed. Photographers must indicate their entry category: Professional, Amateur or Youth (under 18). Along with each photo, the entrant must include the photographer’s name, age (if under 18), phone number, location of photo, date it was taken and a title for the image.

Photo Use and Rights: By submitting photos to the contest, you are agreeing to allow Colorado Crane Conservation
Coalition, sponsor of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, to use your photo with appropriate photo credits on promotional
materials and as part of the festival.

Rules and Guidelines: The contest is open to all photographers. Photos must be taken within the designated time frame and exclusively in the Yampa Valley. Two submissions per person are allowed.

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Professional, Amateur and Youth (under 18). At submission, photographers must indicate the category in which they wish to compete. Prizes will be awarded as follows: Professional winners receive gift certificates from PhotoGraphicsArt for First Place ($200), Second Place ($125) and two Honorable Mentions ($50 each). Amateur winners receive gift certificates from Mogil’s on the Mountain for First Prize ($150), Second Prize ($100) and Honorable Mention ($25). The Youth winner receives a $25 gift certificate for Mogil’s on the Mountain. All winning photos will be featured on the Yampa Valley Crane Festival website and Facebook page. Winning photographs with credit may be featured in national promotion of the 2018 Yampa Valley Crane Festival.

Thanks to the photo contest sponsors!
Mogil's on the Mountain,  PhotoGraphicsArt  and the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of Greater Sandhill Cranes in Colorado.