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2nd Annual Berkshire Magazine Photo Contest

The theme of this year’s contest, “Wild Places in the Berkshires,” is inspired by the December 3 release of the book Rewilding, by Micah Mortali: “Rewilding is a return to our essential nature. It is an attempt to reclaim something of what we were before we used words like ‘civilized’ to define ourselves.”

Submission deadline: Oct 21

$10 fee for 5 photos maximum

Theme: Wild Places in the Berkshires

Please submit a maximum of 5 photographs. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges, including Kripalu Schools director Micah Mortali, former National Geographic photo editor Kim Hubbard, former Orion photo editor Christina Rahr Lane, and Berkshire Magazine editor Anastasia Stanmeyer. Selected winning images will be published in the Winter issue, and an exhibition/reception will be held in conjunction with the release of Rewilding. Selected winning images will be published in the Winter issue of Berkshire Magazine and be on exhibit.


Entry period
Oct 1-Oct 21, 2019. (Winners will be announced on November 20, 2019.)

Win: Gift certificates.


Entry Period
Berkshire Magazine’s 2nd Annaul Photo Contest begins Tuesday, October 1 and ends Monday, October 21. Entry into this contest constitutes your acceptance of these Official Rules.

Who May Enter
Open to all.

Eligible Photographs
To be eligible to win a prize, all submitted photographs must depict a scene that relates to the theme of the contest, “Wild Places in the Berkshires.” Photographs that have been digitally or otherwise altered beyond standard optimization (e.g., removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast) will be disqualified. Normal processing of RAW image files or minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable. You may be required to provide Berkshire Magazine with RAW image files in the timeframe provided upon request (generally within 7 days). Failure to timely provide RAW files may result in the disqualification of the photograph. The decision by the sponsors to disqualify any submission is final.

How to Enter
Submit all photographs online, and the photographs should all be submitted at one time. To enter, you must: a) click the form link above; b) fill in the required information; c)  upload your photograph submissions; and d) then you will be redirected to a page to make the entry payment. Entry fee is $10 for a total of up to 5 images, from October 1 through through 11:59:59 PM EST on October 21. Entry fees support the exhibition, prizes, and a portion will go to Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.

Photographs submitted online MUST meet the following requirements: a) Be no larger than 32 megabytes; b) Be close to 2400 pixels wide (for horizontal photographs) or 2400 pixels tall (for vertical photographs) at 72 dpi; c) Be saved in RGB mode; d) Be saved in the JPG format; e) If you plan to submit more than one photograph, number each photograph in the title; and, f) Fill in all the information boxes, including where the photograph was shot and any additional caption information. Note that such additional photograph information you provide at entry, such as the camera, location of photograph, subject of photograph, and the story behind the shot, while interesting, will have no effect on a photograph’s score.

Judging will be conducted by a panel, and judges will score eligible photographs using the following criteria: a) Technical Quality (30 percent); b) Originality (30 percent); and c) Artistic Merit (40 percent). Prizes will be awarded as follows: One Grand Prize to the highest scoring photograph;  No Entrant may win more than one prize. In the event of a tie for the Grand Prize, the judges will use the artistic merit score of each tied photograph to rank the photographs. The photograph with the highest artistic merit score will be the winner. If there continues to be a tie after the artistic merit scores are compared, the judges will compare and rank the technical quality scores, and then the originality scores, in that order. If the scores of the photographs are still tied, the sponsors will assemble a separate panel of judges who will review the tied photographs using the above criteria. The decisions of the judges and the sponsors will be final.  Winners will be contacted and confirmed by email, and/or telephone on or about November 20, 2019.

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