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2018 Conservation in the West Student Photography Contest

What do the wild, open spaces of the Rocky Mountain Region mean to you?

The 2018 Conservation in the West Poll finds strong support for protecting land and water while voters reject attacks on National Monuments. Empower awareness of these, and many other, conservation issues through art. Submit up to three photos to the following categories and be entered to win hundreds of dollars in prizes:

Energy and Water • Public Lands • Outdoor Recreation

Submissions must be accompanied by a short paragraph which tells the story behind the photo and how it complements, is inspired by, or speaks to findings from the 2018 Conservation in the West Poll. Submissions and accompanying stories will be showcased at the Data Viz Wall in Tutt Library during Earth Week, where winners will be announced and presented with prizes. The following prizes will be awarded to contest winners:

Tripods • Large Format Fine Art Prints • Gift Certificates for Photo Printing • Rockies Nalgene Bottles

Submit photography and accompanying text to by April 6th (2nd Friday of 7th Block).

Contest Rules

  • All contestants must be current Colorado College students.
  • Each contestant may submit up to three (3) photos in total.
    • Submissions can be in a single category, or spread across multiple categories. 
  • For each submitted photo, please write up to 150 words explaining the story behind the photo, and how it complements, is inspired by, or speaks to findings from the 2018 Conservation in the West Poll.
  • Submitted photos must be original work.
  • Submitted photos must have a resolution greater than 3000 pixels on the longest side.
    • iPhone and most other smartphone images are acceptable
    • HDR images and panoramas are also acceptable
  • Standard image adjustments are acceptable, but heavy alterations or artistic manipulations will be disqualified.
  • Contestants retain all rights to share, print, license, and otherwise display their photography. By submitting photography to this contest, the State of the Rockies Project is granted a royalty-free, non-exclusive right to retain the digital files and use said files in printed and online materials.
  • Photos must be submitted as JPEG or PNG files with the following naming format
    • Firstname_Lastname_Category_submission number
      • Ex: Alex_Smith_EnergyWater_1.jpg

2018 Conservation in the West Poll

In January 2018, for the eighth year in a row, the State of the Rockies Project has released the Conservation in the West Poll. Conducted in eight western states, the survey explores bi-partisan opinions in each state and for the Rocky Mountain West region concerning conservation, environment, energy, the role of government, trade-offs with economies, and citizen priorities. The survey now includes polling in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Results are broken out into three basic categories: Western State Reports, Topic Reports, and Additional Reports. Click below to explore the results and brainstorm ways to tie your submitted photography to these results. 

All poll results can be found here.