Call for Entries


New eligibility requirements and deadlines for Colorado Outdoors magazine’s annual photography issue.

cover of the Colorado Outdoors magazine's annual photo issue

Since 2007, we at Colorado Outdoors magazine have dedicated our November/December issue to photography. It has been a way to showcase the beautiful, dramatic and inspiring images that come our way, from both professional photographers and hobbyists, that we would not normally have a place to include in our pages. For all these years, the submission process had been extremely casual. But with the growing interest in wildlife photography, and the accompanying concerns of ethical photographic practices, we have firmed up our submission guidelines. Unlike some other magazines, this is not a contest. A panel is not involved to judge and award first place and prizes, etc.; our magazine staff selects all the images. Since this is not a contest, Colorado Parks and Wildlife employees are allowed to submit and share images that readers might not otherwise get a chance to see.

Cover of annual photo issue

ELIGIBILITY: At Colorado Outdoors, we encourage everyone to practice ethical photography. This means keeping your distance, respecting animals and the law (no trespassing and no stopping in areas where it is unsafe or illegal to do so). Learn and follow the laws and regulations of local, state and national parks. Do not submit photographs of captive animals (zoos, game farms, rescues, etc.). Do not destroy habitat to get a better photographic angle. Do not use drones for wildlife images. Animals need to be Colorado natives in Colorado locations, with a few exceptions. Landscape photographs can be taken anywhere it is legal to do so, but preference will be given to images taken in state parks, state trust lands and state wildlife areas managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). Photographs of people participating in activities overseen by CPW will also be considered.  Photos may not have been previously submitted to (or taken on assignment for) Colorado Outdoors. Photos must have been taken by the person submitting the entries and may not infringe on the copyright of others. 

From this point forward, if it is discovered entrants have not followed the above rules in the images they submit, they will be disqualified. SUBMITTING PHOTOS: Submissions will be accepted Sept. 15, 2023 through Oct. 15, 2023. You may submit up to 50 photos.

Contributors can send their files via digital transfer to this email They can also be sent via Dropbox or by online large file-transfer services like WeTransfer, Hightail or FileSender. Make sure file folder sharing is available through November. Images can also be sent via mail on CD/DVD or flashdrives (they will not be returned).
Colorado Outdoors Photography Issue Submissions, 6060 Broadway Denver, CO 80216, c/o Wayne D. Lewis

Label each file with how you want your credit and the species. For example, a mule deer photo by John J. Smith would be labeled John-J-Smith-mule-deer.TIFF. Digital images should be submitted as uncompressed 8-bit TIFF files or high-resolution JPEGs with a minimum resolution of 2400 x 3600 pixels. Please do not upsize. We prefer digital files that have only little or no color correction or sharpening. We may ask to see the RAW file before publishing. Some of this work must be performed on our end, in order to optimize photos correctly for process-color magazine printing.

Cover of annual Colorado Outdoors magazine's photo issue

7 Responses

  1. When we are preparing our photos for submission, are we allowed to do any cropping to remove distracting items and putting the focus on the subject? If so what are the size restrictions for the crop?

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


✉ Follow for Updates

Subscribe to Colorado Outdoors Online by Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

More Posts

Translate »