Natural History Museum of Utah

Utah Wilderness 50 - Entry Period is Now Closed

Wilderness 50: a photographic celebration of wild Utah


Entry period is now closed. Thank you for the entries!


Fifty compelling photographs will be selected for the exhibition to reflect the human relationship with wilderness and the diversity of wildlands and wildlife in Utah. All entries must represent Utah public lands exclusively and must reflect the spirit of the Wilderness Act:

A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.


A distinguished panel of experts in photography, publishing, and conservation will select photographic entries: Stephen Trimble, Tom Till, James Kay, and Rosalie Winard.

Number of Images:

Each photographer is allowed one official entry. Each entry may include up to five (5) images. Utah Wilderness 50 reserves the right to use any and all images to promote the contest, in the exhibition, publications, and online galleries.

Wilderness Stories:

Photographers are encouraged to submit a concise written story along with each image, limited to 65 words. Stories may convey the photographers’ memories or personal experiences related to the images or general feelings about wilderness or nature photography. The Museum may edit this information for the final display. 

Entry Fee:

A fee of $20.00 US dollars is required per entry regardless of the number of images entered (for example, if you submit just one (1) or up to (5) images, the fee will be $20.00. Payment will be accepted during the online entry process via credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express).

To submit your digital photos online:

Create copies of your images saved as 300 dpi Jpegs at approximately 1500 pixels on the long side and no larger than 2MB total for each entry. 

Photographers whose images are selected for exhibition will be required to supply high-resolution files, a complete caption (the story behind the photo), and location information. Note: information about how to submit high-resolution files and accompanying caption information will be provided to you if your image(s) are chosen.

Do not include a watermark or any other identifying mark directly on images which will identify the photographer. Identities of photographers will not be shared with the judges. 

Any photos used by the Museum or others to promote the contest will always credit the photographer. Such use will not occur until after the winners have been selected. 

Return to the Utah Wilderness 50 home page.

See contest frequently asked questions.