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.

Submissions will be accepted here beginning Aug. 1. You will need to be a registered user to submit your photos. Please join here.

We can't wait to see what's in your backyard!

Share up to three images for the contest, which runs Aug. 1 - Aug. 31, 2017. 
Vote for your favorite image between Sept. 1 - Sept. 15, 2017 at midnight.

The contest will result in two overall winners: one audience-chosen and one HCN editor choice. Prize awarded will be a , specific for photographers, or a . Thank you to MindShift Gear for sponsoring this contest!

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].