Enter The Contest

You will receive an email confirmation that your images have been submitted after they are downloaded. Allow 24 - 48 hours for this confirmation.

Please see the Paying for Your Submissions section in the Youth Fees or Adult Fees sections. 

Review your submissions carefully. Once submitted, no changes/substitutions will be allowed. Submitting additional images is OK.

Image Requirements

  • All images are digital.

  • Resolution: Minimum of 2,000 pixels on the long side. About 1.5 to 2MB maximum.

  • The image should have NO visible watermark or signature. Do not include any personal identifying information on the image.

  • Metadata: Ensure the Title and Copyright (including your name) metadata is added to your images.

Preparing Images For Submission

Digital Editing

Submitted images must maintain the integrity of the original captured image. Subjects can not be added or removed although minor spot healing is acceptable. Retouching should be limited to global or local color correction, tone adjustments, cropping etc. Acceptable tools include - but are not limited to - dodge and burn, color and tone adjustments, vibrance, saturation, perspective correction, vignette, noise reduction, and clarity.

No substantive changes may be made to the image. This includes any kind of composites or blending multiple images in any way.   

The above restrictions do not apply to the Expressive Impressions in the Adult Divisions. 


Be sure that you've updated the metadata in your image files. Be sure to include your name and copyright information as well as an image title. You can find information about updating metadata on the Prepare Your Images page of this website. 


The photographer retains the copyright for any images submitted.

The photographer grants a license to the Heard Natural Science Museum and the Heard Nature Photographers Club to display the images in electronic or printed media for the purpose of promoting the photography contest, the museum or photography club. This includes posting the images on the museum or club websites or including the image in emails or other print or electronic promotional material. Such use does not include commercial resale of the image. 

Need Help?

  • Questions about contest: Anita Oakley - 469-261-6637