Photo Contest

Open Division Rules

1. Fee: $8 per photo entered. Limit eight (8) photos entered per person.  No professional photographers, please. A professional is defined as one who makes a living with or substantially supplements his/her income with photography.

2. PRINTS in color or black and white must be 8"x10". Digital photos must be equal to or greater than 2,400 pixels on the long side, THE LARGER THE BETTER. DO NOT MOUNT PRINTS, Just mail us your prints. Be sure to package carefully so photos will not be damaged in the mail. Digitals should be submitted on CD or uploaded via our website ordering system at ranchmagazine.com.

3. All entries will be judged on a per category basis by magazine staff and a non-staff professional photographer as well as one or more guest judges. Judging will be based on subject, creativity and composition. Entries will be displayed to the judges without he/she knowing who entered what photo. Pictures and entry forms will be numbered upon receipt. The contest judges will not know who the winners are until the numbers are matched with entry forms after judging. Decision of the judges is final. Photographs will be scored by points and photos with the most points in each category will win. 

4. Submission of your photographs as a contestant grants Ranch & Rural Living Magazine rights to unlimited use of your photos in articles and advertisements on its two magazines and on its websites ranchmagazine.com and sheepandgoat.net as well as on the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and other social media outlet pages for Ranch & Rural Living. Any person requesting external use of the photos for parties other than Ranch & Rural Living, Sheep & Goat magazine and websites will be referred to the photographer.

5. Please include one entry blank with each photo submitted. Photos must be original works by the photographer listed on the entry form. If a child’s photo is entered in the Youth section, the child’s name and age needs to be on the entry blank. Note: Please notice on the entry blank a space is provided to include the title of the photo or a short descriptive phrase (or you may use a number or filename) so we can match photos with entry blanks.

6. DEADLINE:  July 1, 2020 (Deadline may be extended at discretion of Ranch & Rural Living)

7. All reasonable care will be taken in handling entries. Ranch & Rural Living Magazine cannot be held responsible for damage to or loss of photographs. Submission of entry constitutes entrant’s consent to and agreement with these rules. Prints will be returned if entrant furnishes SASE.

8. All pictures will be judged anonymously. Winners and non-winners alike will be notified of the outcome of the contest if an email address is supplied on the entry form, SO PLEASE ENTER YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. Good luck and thank you for participating!


4-H Youth Division Rules

1. For the 4-H division of the annual Ranch & Rural Living Photo Contest we will accept 1 photo entry per 4-H youth member.  There is no fee to enter for youth members.  If the participant wishes to enter additional photos he or she must enter the additonal photo(s) in the regular portion of the contest.

2. PRINTS in color or black and white must be 8"x10". Digital photos must be equal to or greater than 2,400 pixels on the long side, THE LARGER THE BETTER. DO NOT MOUNT PRINTS, Just mail us your prints. Be sure to package carefully so photos will not be damaged in the mail. Digitals should be submitted on CD or uploaded via our website ordering system at ranchmagazine.com or they may be emailed to us at info@ranchmagazine.com with an attached photo of a completed entry blank (below).

3. As with our other entries, 4-H member entries will be judged  by magazine staff and a non-staff professional photographer as well as one or more guest judges. Judging will be based on skill, creativity, composition and artistic merit or photo journalistic value. Entries will be displayed to the judges without he/she knowing who entered what photo. Pictures and entry forms will be numbered upon receipt. The contest judges will not know who the winners are until the numbers are matched with entry forms after judging. Decision of the judges is final. Photographs will be scored by points and the 4-H entry with the most points will win that division of the contest. The 4-H entries will be judged separately from the others. 

4. Submission of your photographs as a contestant grants Ranch & Rural Living Magazine rights to unlimited use of your photos in articles and advertisements on its two magazines and on its websites ranchmagazine.com and sheepandgoat.net as well as on the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and other social media outlet pages for Ranch & Rural Living. Any person requesting external use of the photos for parties other than Ranch & Rural Living, Sheep & Goat magazine and websites will be referred to the photographer.

5. Please include one entry blank with each photo submitted (or order online and fill out same info). Photos must be original works by the photographer listed on the entry form. Note: Please notice on the entry blank a space is provided to include the title of the photo or a short descriptive phrase (or you may use a number or filename) so we can match photos with entry blanks.

6. DEADLINE:  July 1, 2020 (Deadline may be extended at discretion of Ranch & Rural Living)

7. All reasonable care will be taken in handling entries. Ranch & Rural Living Magazine cannot be held responsible for damage to or loss of photographs. Submission of entry constitutes entrant’s consent to and agreement with these rules. Prints will be returned if entrant furnishes SASE.

8. All pictures will be judged anonymously. Winners and non-winners alike will be notified of the outcome of the contest if an email address is supplied on the entry form, SO PLEASE ENTER YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. Good luck and thank you for participating!