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5 Helpful Tips for Entering Our Photo Contest

Posted by Erika Haugen-Goodman at Aug 22, 2018 11:30 AM |
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Our annual Northwest Exposure Photo Contest is now accepting entries. Get tips for capturing a winning shot and enter today.

Whether you want to share beautiful photos with the hiking community or win some awesome prizes, Northwest Exposure is the photo contest to enter. But we realize that capturing a winning photo isn't always easy, so we put together these five tips for improving your chances. We hope they help!

    1. Stay on the trail to get your epic hiking photo. As tempting as it might be to frolic through the wildflower-strewn meadow for a Sound of Music-inspired photo, it doesn't do any favors for the local habitat. Stick to the trail for best results.
    2. Keep your distance. When approached, pikas have been known to gang up on hikers and gnaw their camera gear to shreds. (There haven't actually been any proven cases of this occurring, but better safe than sorry, right?) Even if your gear doesn't get eaten by a pack of furry mammals, it's best to view wildlife from afar to prevent interrupting their natural behavior. 

      Photo by Justin Jennings
       A pika snacking on some vegetation before the main course: your camera! Okay, maybe not, but it's good to keep your distance from wildlife. Photo by Justin Jennings.

    3. Doggone it. We love seeing happy hiking dogs on trail, but we also want to make sure your pup is an ambassador for great trail etiquette. We ask that all dogs be on leashes in photos submitted to the contest to consider them for prizes. 
    4. Put a trail in your Trailscapes photo. We know. That sunset is just too good to pass up, but it will actually improve your chances if you put a bit of the trail in the foreground. After all, we are Washington Trails Association

      Photo by Brianna Leahy
      Including a trail in your photo gives the landscape context from a hiking perspective. Photo by Brianna Leahy.
    5. Enter! What's that old saying? You can't win if you don't enter? In any case, it's true! Even if you don't win the grand prize, all entrants will receive 25% off framing and printing services from Frameable. Plus, your photos help us tell the story of Washington's trails, and that's the best kind of winning there is (after winning the grand prize, of course). 

    Ready to enter? Hit the button below or check out some more tips first. We're looking forward to seeing your photos!

    Enter your photos

    By the way, we have tons of photo tips available on our website. Check them out and brush up on your photography skills.


    Posted by:

    seattlenativemike on Aug 22, 2018 07:35 PM

    parisrobin on 5 Helpful Tips for Entering Our Photo Contest

    With regard to your no. 2 comment "Keep Your Distance": Perhaps the photographer was using a zoom lens or telephoto lens for photographing the pika with leaves in mouth. Sometimes wildlife come at you and there is no where to go to get away so what is wrong with pulling out your camera?--This happened to me recently while climbing up Mt Angeles with mountain goats. Would submitted photos in your contest be penalized or rejected if wildlife appear to be too close? I am a conservationist and wildlife advocate but I feel this comment should have been more specifically stated/clarified especially in regards to the contest itself.

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    parisrobin on Aug 24, 2018 01:14 PM