2017 Photo Contest

Show us your backyard!

The West is a wonderfully diverse place, and it is changing quickly. That's why we're dedicating this year's photo contest to the "backyards" of the region. Show us life outside your back door, your back porch or beyond your "back forty" — from farm and field, to cityscape and wilderness. Show us landscapes, people and wildlife. Photos can be from anywhere across the 11 contiguous Western states, plus Alaska and Hawaii.

Our contest has closed and you can view the winners now.

Please note: To vote for photos you must be a registered user of our website and logged in.

The contest will result in two overall winners: one audience-chosen and one HCN editor choice. Prize awarded will be a MindShift rotation 180° Trail 16L backpack, specific for photographers, or a MindShift FirstLight 20L backpack. Thank you to MindShift Gear for sponsoring this contest!

GOOD NEWS: Our friends at MindShift Gear let us know that their PhotoCross sling bags are back in stock.  The first shipment of these bags sold out in about a week, so grab one while they’re available.  They feature weatherproof zippers and abrasion-resistant materials, plus a carrying system for tripods or jackets and come in two sizes and colors: Orange Ember and Carbon Grey.  The PhotoCross 10 fits an ungripped DSLR and one to two lenses, plus a 10” tablet, or a Mirrorless body and three to five lenses, plus a 10” tablet.  The PhotoCross 13 fits an ungripped DSLR, two to four lenses, including a 70–200mm f/2.8, and some 13” laptops.  Use our special link to the sling bags and you will receive free gear (such as a memory card holder or GoPro pouches) and free shipping with your orders of PhotoCross and all MindShift Gear.

The fine print:

If you have any issues with or questions about the photo contest, please contact the contest administrator, Gretchen King, at [email protected].