Natural History Museum of Utah

Utah Wilderness 50 FAQ

Utah Wilderness 50 Photo Contest: Frequently Asked Questions

Does my photo have to be taken within designated wilderness areas?

No. We want photographs submitted for the exhibit to capture the spirit, vitality, and diversity of all of Utah’s public wildlands. Your photograph must come from public land: national parks and monuments; national forests; national wildlife refuges; BLM public lands; or state parks and trustlands (SITLA lands). Photographs from private and tribal lands aren’t eligible.

Must my photo look like a classic nature-calendar landscape?

No. We hope to include a wide diversity of images, from landscapes to graphic details, from wildlife to impressionistic digital images, from black-and-white to color to sepia-toned art prints. That said, you can’t expect to create a large, crisp print from a cellphone image; match your equipment to your artistic vision.

Can my wilderness photograph include people?

Yes. The Wilderness Act defines designated wilderness 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.
  • undeveloped Federal land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation.
  • affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable.
  • has outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation.

Does it matter whether I’m a professional or amateur photographer?

No. We accept images from everyone—but just one submission of five images from each photographer. We hope to receive photographs that show the diverse points of view of visitors to Utah wilderness: artists, multi-generational local ranchers, kids, federal land managers, birders, hunters, canyoneers, horse-packers, Native Americans, climbers, first-time international visitors, backpackers, river-runners, scientists, pilots, prospectors…

Do I have to live in Utah?

Utah’s public lands are open to all—and this competition is open to all the citizens of the planet who have visited and photographed Utah. (The panel of judges, staff members and volunteers of the Natural History Museum of Utah and their immediate families are ineligible.)

What rights will the Museum acquire when I submit–or if my photo is accepted?

When you submit images to the Museum you grant rights to feature your photos in all media associated with the Utah Wilderness 50 photo competition: exhibit, print, website, advertising. Photos accepted for the exhibit will be featured in PR campaigns, always credited to the photographer. 

We want to reiterate: Any photos used by the Museum or others to promote the contest will always credit the photographer. Photographers retain copyright to their images.

Can I include a watermark or any other identifying mark on my images?

No. 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. 

Who pays for printing and framing?

All submissions are digital, so there is no printing or framing cost to the photographer.  The Museum will pay for framing the 50 winning entries for display.


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