NATURE! Photo Contest

8th Annual

NATURE! Photo Contest

The RMFI NATURE! Photo Contest finalists were announced at our annual Fall ShinDIG on November 19, 2020! We had 169 submissions this year, a new record! We are so honored to celebrate powerful images that capture Colorado's dynamic, awe-inspiring, and invigorating natural beauty. 

2020 Grand Prize Winner

And congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner, photo #4 from the Mountains category, Justin Peterson! Thank you again to everyone who submitted photos, voted for your favorite finalists, and bid on the gorgeous prints to support RMFI stewardship work.

2020 Finalists

Restoration Finalists | Brian Lewis & Stephen Parnell

Mountains Finalist | Justin Peterson

Flora Finalists | James Van Hoy & Wendy Gedack

Fauna Finalist | Vaughn Larsen

Interaction Finalists | Amy Hodges & Renee Wall

Youth Finalists | Axel Anderson & Elle Gray

RMFI Staff Pick | Wendy Gedack

NATURE! Photo Contest


(R)estoration:  Protection of our public open spaces relies on the people who selflessly serve as stewards of the land, repairing damage caused by fires, floods, and heavy recreational use. Capture these wonderful people and/or projects in action!

(M)ountains: If there’s one thing we have in Colorado, it’s mountains! Showcase the beauty of the state with your best photos of Colorado’s majestic landscapes.

(F)lora/Fauna: Colorado is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species. Send us your best photos of plants and wildlife that make our landscapes so beautiful.

(I)nteraction: How do you connect with nature? Show us your best photos that capture the beauty of people interacting with the natural world around them.


**Photographers 17 years old or younger are invited to submit photos under the Youth Entry from any of the categories. (Please indicate in your submission that it should be considered in the Youth Category.)

How to Enter

1. Submit your entries via email to [email protected] between November 1 and November 15, 2020. All photo files must be a minimum of 300 dpi. Please indicate which category each of your entries will represent (categories listed above).

2. Donate the corresponding entry fees ($10/jpeg or 3 jpegs for $25) through RMFI's Indy Give! page. (Page goes live on November 1) 

Judging and Prizes

Judging will take place on November 17, 2020. Two images from each of the 4 categories, plus a ‘Youth Entry’ (taken by those 17 or younger) will be selected as finalists by a panel of local professional photographers and artists. 

Photos selected as finalists will be printed and mounted and displayed at an unveiling at RMFI's Virtual Fall ShinDIG on November 19, and then at Mountain Chalet during the month of December. They will also be showcased on RMFI's social media and web platforms. 

A Grand Prize Winner will be selected by public vote, which will be open at the viewing events and through our web and social media platforms, and announced on December 16, 2020. 

All finalists will receive gift cards to Mike's Camera ($25 gift card for each finalist)! Grand Prize winner receives a new pair of skis from Mountain Chalet!

Silent Auction

Please note, finalist photos are printed and mounted at no expense or effort of the photographer and will belong to RMFI and used in a silent auction fundraiser. RMFI will have silent auction bidding during all exhibits. Proceeds from the photo silent auction will go towards our ecological restoration efforts in Southern Colorado! Photographers will, of course, be credited for their works.

Photo Release

By submitting photographs to RMFI's NATURE! Photo Contest, you give RMFI permission to utilize the photograph(s), with photographer credit, in future marketing and outreach materials specific to RMFI.  

Have Questions?

Please contact (719) 471-7736 ext. *# or [email protected] with any questions. Good luck!

Thank you to our photo contest sponsors!

Previous Winners