NATURE! Photo Contest

10th Annual

NATURE! Photo Contest

The 13 2022 NATURE! Photo Contest finalists have been chosen now it's time to VOTE! 


 The finalist's photos are on display at Mountain Chalet and ready for your vote to choose the Grand Prize Winner until Sunday, December 11th! To help further the efforts of RMFI, the photos are available for silent auction, get your bid in today for your favorite photo to take home!




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

2022 Submissions are CLOSED! See above to Vote for the Grand Prize Winner and Bid on your favorite photo!

1. Submit your entries via email to [email protected]. 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 Give! Page below!


Donate Here!

Judging and Prizes

Judging will take place shortly after the contest ends on November 14, 2022. 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 Fall ShinDIG on November 17, and then at Mountain Chalet through Sunday, December 11th. 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 in December. All finalists will receive a prize from contest sponsor Mike's Camera!


Courtesy of Mike's Camera, the Grand Prize winner will receive:

A $100 gift card to Mike's Camera and RMFI gear!

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!

2022 Grand Prize Winner

Vote HERE through Sunday, December 11th to choose the Grand Prize Winner!


2022 Photo Contest Finalists

Previous Winners