Cover Photo Contest Guidelines: Enter by Email
Entry form (fillable PDF)
Winning photos will be published on the front and back covers of the print version of the 2019-2020 Oregon Blue Book.
Open to photographers of any age who are Oregon residents and earn less than half of their income from landscape photography.
Photos must be original images taken by the entrant and may not have been previously commercially published.
The cover photos must be in color and represent some aspect of Oregon such as landscapes, buildings or events. See previous covers of the Oregon Blue Book for ideas.
Orientation and editing
All photos submitted must have a *vertical (portrait)* orientation. Images may have minor alterations for color, contrast, etc. but may not be significantly altered, appear unnatural or have important elements added or removed.
Submit lower resolution images for judging
Digital JPEG format images with a width and height of about 1400 x 2100 pixels are preferred. Somewhat larger or smaller images are acceptable for contest judging. More about image size
Must have higher resolution images suitable for print available
The winning photographers must provide TIFF format or high quality JPEG format digital images with a native width and height of at least 1800 x 2700 pixels (about 5 megapixels). Images that do not meet these criteria will not be used for the cover. More about image size
Contest entry form
This fillable PDF entry form may be used to submit up to 10 photos. To enter more photos, submit an additional email with an attached entry form and photos.
Individual photo identification
Each photo listed on the entry form should include a brief description, the location and the date taken.
Photo file names
Each photo submitted must have a file name that consists of your last name, first name, and a number that corresponds with the photo description list number on the form (e.g., simmonsann7.jpg).
Enter by email
1. Save the completed PDF entry form.
2. Attach the PDF and all of the JPEG images you are entering to an email.
3. Send the email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email box limits
Please note that the contest email box can accept up to 20 megabytes (MB) of attachments per email submission. Your email service may have lower limits. If your email is returned to you as unsent, try lowering the file size of the images or breaking the submission into two emails.
Entries must be emailed by October 16, 2018.
A committee designated by the Secretary of State will make recommendations on the selection of winning photos. The Secretary of State will make the final selections.
A brief description of the winning photos and photographers will be published in the Oregon Blue Book. The winners will be invited to the Secretary of State’s recognition event announcing the release of the new Oregon Blue Book. Winners will be notified by phone or mail on or before December 31, 2018.
All entries will become part of the permanent collection of the Oregon State Archives. Entries cannot be returned. Photos submitted to the Cover Photo Contest but not selected for the cover may be chosen for use elsewhere in the Oregon Blue Book with full credit given to the photographer.
Contact the Blue Book Editor at (503) 378-5199 or contact us via the Web.
Entry form (fillable PDF)
You can also submit hard copy prints to the Cover Photo Contest via postal mail.
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