Essay and Photography Contests

Contests – Official Rules
All the legal details of our 40th anniversary contests.
Terms and conditions for 40th anniversary contests
Terms and conditions for entering a contest during High Country News' 40th anniversary celebration.
Contests - Frequently Asked Questions
The most common questions about our contests.
The Natural West
Check out these fantastic landscapes of the American West! Thanks to all participants who submitted and voted on these images.
How High Country News informs and inspires me
Thanks to our story submitters and all those who voted! Read the winning entry, "The Lost Roads of Westwater Canyon," here. The story begins, "We walked the gravel and granite "bench" above the Miner's Cabin at the entrance to the Westwater Canyon Wilderness Study Area. Cut by the Colorado River, Westwater Canyon, in eastern Utah, is a deeply incised cleft..."
The People of the West
SUBMIT up to three of your image(s) starting April 12, through midnight, May 9, 2010. Click on an image to enlarge it. VOTE for your favorites (within the enlarged view frame) through midnight, May 23, 2010.
Stories of the Working West
SUBMIT your story starting May 10, through midnight, June 6, 2010. VOTE for your favorites through midnight, June 20, 2010.
The Working West in Photos
SUBMIT up to three of your image(s) starting June 7, through midnight, July 4, 2010. Click on an image to enlarge it. VOTE for your favorites (within the enlarged view frame) through midnight, July 18, 2010.
My Strangest Encounter with a Person, Place, or Thing in the West
SUBMIT your story starting July 5, through midnight, August 1, 2010. VOTE for your favorites through midnight, August 15, 2010.
The Weird West
SUBMIT up to three of your image(s) starting August 2, through midnight, August 29, 2010. Click on an image to enlarge it. VOTE for your favorites (within the enlarged view frame) through midnight, September 12, 2010.
The Most Changed West
SUBMIT up to three of your image(s) starting August 30, through midnight, September 26, 2010. Click on an image to enlarge it. VOTE for your favorites (within the enlarged view frame) through midnight, October 10, 2010.