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2017 Roaring Fork Watershed Photography Contest


Congratulations to our 2017 Roaring Fork Watershed Photography Contest WINNERS!  
Click here to see results.


Amateur Division

Untitled by Brian Christopher Marsh - 1st Place Amateur Division 2017

 1st Place - Untitled by Brian Christopher Marsh

 "Crystal Day on the Crystal River" by Mark Fuller

2nd Place - "Crystal Day on the Crystal River" by Mark Fuller

"Fishing" by Steve Goff

3rd Place - "Fishing" by Steve Goff


Professional Division

"Rio Grande Trail" by Tamara Susa, Professional Division Winner

Professional Division Winner - "Rio Grande Trail" by Tamara Susa


People's Choice Award

"Cyrstal River Bliss" by Ellisa Markoya

People's Choice Award Winner - "Crystal River Bliss" by Ellisa Markoya


Click here to see all 2017 Photo Contest submissions.





A big thank you to Glenwood Hot Springs Resort for sponsoring Roaring Fork Conservancy's 2017 Photo Contest prizes.




DEADLINE:  Photos must be uploaded by NOVEMBER 20, 2017

See below for Contest Rules and Submission Guidelines

Photo Contest Guidelines

DIVISIONS:  Amateur or Professional

AWARDS: Given to winners in each division plus People's Choice Award.

Rules & Submission Guidelines:


There will be two divisions: amateur and professional. Professionals are defined as any person who receives payment for their photography other than through contests. 


Photos must be taken within the Roaring Fork Watershed. The main focus of the photo should be rivers, streams, wetlands, riparian wildlife, or otherwise water-related. The Roaring Fork Watershed includes the Fryingpan, Crystal and Roaring Fork Rivers, as well as their tributaries. Please consider entering a black and white photo in this year's contest. 

Entries must be digital files, color or B&W are accepted. Images must not have been digitally enhanced beyond basic alterations (discretion of judges). Digital photos must be 1MB or larger in size per photo and not exceed 10MB. Please do not mail slides or prints.

All entries must be received via a Dropbox link submitted in the photo contest submission form or on a CD as digital jpg files. Your photos must be accessible via your Dropbox link through January 31, 2018.      


You MUST fill out the Photo Submission Form AND include the Dropbox link to your photo, or mail a CD with your photo(s). 

Limit of five (5) submissions per entrant, please.  All entries must be received by November 20, 2017. Entries which do not follow our guidelines cannot be accepted.

IF SUBMITTING PHOTOS VIA CD, please include the following details (entries without the completed information below will not be considered): 

  • Photo Title:
  • Name:
  • Complete Mailing Address:
  • E-mail address:
  • Phone Number:
  • Division (Professional or Amateur):
  • Where (stream name and/or description) and when the photo was taken. Please do not put names, logos or writing on photo entries

To mail a CD of your images, please address it to:
     2016 Photo Contest
     Roaring Fork Conservancy
     P.O. Box 3349
     Basalt, Colorado 81621


You may also submit your photo(s) for consideration in the People’s Choice Award. This group of photos will be shared through Facebook to allow the community to vote/like for their favorite photos. Photos can contain watermarks. Photos will only be considered for the People’s Choice Award if the larger (1MB or larger) photo has also been formally submitted to the main contest.


You must be the sole author and owner of the copyright in all photos entered. Photos must not have been published elsewhere.  By submitting to this contest, you agree that your photos can be used in, but not limited to, Roaring Fork Conservancy’s digital and print publications and materials, with appropriate credit given. The photographer retains all copyrights. 

Any person(s) appearing in photographs must sign a promotional release allowing Roaring Fork Conservancy to publish their image. 


First, second and third place awards will be chosen. Photos will be judged by professional photographers not participating in the contest. Judging criteria includes but is not limited to: composition, clarity, subject matter relevant to the watershed, and overall aesthetic feeling. Winning and honorable mention photos will be published on, social media and in print in Roaring Fork Conservancy materials.

Winners will be notified by email and announced on

Any questions? Please contact Kristen Doyle at or (970) 927-1290.


Contact Us

Roaring Fork Conservancy
PO Box 3349
Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-1290

200 Basalt Center Circle, Suite 120, Basalt, CO 81621

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