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Nature All Around Us Photo Contest Official Rules


As we call on participants to document the Nature All Around Us, we wish to remind you to maintain a safe distance from any wild animals you encounter to avoid conflicts. Whether you happen upon a subject as small as a squirrel or as large as a moose, remember that wild animals are unpredictable and their space should be respected. We encourage you to visit the Wild Aware Utah website to learn more.


You may enter up to three images. Images must be taken in a city or town in Utah.

Please submit files no larger than 4032 x 4032 pixels and no more than 4 MB. Higher resolution files will be requested should your entry be selected to be featured in the special exhibition.

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. HDR images are acceptable.

Entries may originate in any format—including but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints—so long as they are submitted electronically in a JPEG or PNG format.

Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see “Usage Rights” below). You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to NHMU upon request.

If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted and must be able to provide copies of those releases to NHMU upon request.

The following submissions are ineligible:

  • Images of captive animals photographed in zoos.
  • Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright and photographs of persons without the necessary consent required by law in your jurisdiction. NHMU reserves the right to require entrants to submit evidence of the subject’s legal consent to be photographed for the submitted photograph, which may include a signed waiver from the subject.
  • Photos that  do not further the purpose of illustrating the nature in Utah’s cities and towns.
  • Images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife or damage to the environment by the photographer.
  • Images that involve putting any individual or animal in danger.
  • NHMU shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.

Employees of the Natural History Museum of Utah as well as the immediate family (spouse, partner, parents, siblings, and children) of each such employee are not eligible. 


All images must be submitted though our photo submission webpage. Images that are sent via mail or email will not be accepted.

All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. MDT on September 4, 2018.

You may enter up to three images. NHMU reserves the right to reject entries that do not comply with these Official Rules. By entering, you indicate your unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Official Rules and NHMU’s decisions, which are final and binding.


Photos will be judged on originality, overall impact, artistic merit, and subject matter relevance to nature in Utah’s cities and towns. Photographs submitted by minors will be judged separately from those submitted by adults. It is estimated that approximately 25% of the photos selected for inclusion in NHMU’s special exhibition will come from entrires made by minors.

Judging will be conducted by a panel selected by NHMU at its sole discretion.

If your photo is selected for inclusion in NHMU’s special exhibition, you will be notified by e-mail in November 2018 via the email address provided at the time of entry.


Your photographs will help NHMU illuminate the natural world and the place of humans within it. Thank you for helping to further our mission through your photography.

NHMU will endeavor to credit all photographs with the credit “Person’s Name” when the full name is available.

By submitting a photograph to the Photo Contest, you grant NHMU and the University of Utah its affiliates, subsidiaries, and licensees a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, create derivative works from, distribute, and display the Photograph(s) in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, to identify you in conjunction with such uses of the Photograph(s), and to incorporate the photograph(s) in other works, in any form, in any and all media now known or ever devised, in any and all versions, worldwide in perpetuity for any purpose, including, but not limited to, broadcast, streaming, broadband, outreach, promotion, publicity, marketing, and advertisement of NHMU and any of its properties or programming services.

By participating in the Contest and submitting Photograph(s) (the “Photograph(s)”) you agree to and represent the following:

  • You are authorized to submit the Photograph(s), and you grant the rights in the Photograph(s), as stated herein, whether or not NHMU chooses to use the Photograph(s) for any particular purpose or at any particular time. You represent that you own all rights, title, and interest in the Photograph(s) or that you otherwise have authority to submit the Photograph(s) and to grant the license described herein. You represent that you have obtained all permissions, clearance, and releases from any third parties necessary to allow your submission, as set forth herein.
  • You agree not to make any claim against NHMU, its affiliates, subsidiaries, licensees, and assigns as a result of your participation in this promotion, any use of or decision not to use the Photograph(s) or part of them, including, but not limited to, any claim that such use invades any right of privacy, publicity, or both.
  • You understand that, other than the opportunity to enter this Contest, you will not be paid any money or receive any other consideration or form of compensation for giving NHMU these rights. You further understand you will not be reimbursed for any costs you may have incurred in connection with submitting the Photograph(s).