2016 Photo Contest terms of service


An entrant who wishes to submit images or essays to our 2016 photo contest must be a registered site user with an account. The user registration process is simple and free, and may be completed during the image submission process. Entrants may submit up to three (3) photos for the photo contest, in JPEG, PNG or GIF format only; each image submitted may be no larger than 2 MB in size. Attempts to circumvent these restrictions will result in disqualification without notice. NOTE that contest winners may be contacted for a high-resolution image for magazine printing.


Entries will be posted on the hcn.org website for site users to vote on and determine the audience-choice winner. The entry with the most votes is the audience-choice winner. If two or more entries have the same number of votes, a tie will be declared. HCN staff will also choose a winner for each category.


By submitting an entry, you grant High Country News the right to reproduce, distribute, perform, and display your entry and/or excerpts from your entry in any and all media; in any archives composed in whole or in part of High Country News or hcn.org; and/or in connection with educational projects for journalists, aspiring journalists, and/or the general public. Note that use will be for HCN promotional purposes only. If editorial use is wanted, a specific request for such will be made. By submitting an entry, you represent and warrant that the entry is original work, that you have the right to submit the work as an entry in the contest, and that you have the right to grant High Country News the rights granted above.


For additional information, please also see the 2016 Photo Contest official rules.