SHIFT Announces Photo Contest for 2016 Festival Image

MYSHIFT. Cleanup crews.

Clean-up crews at SHIFT in 2015, leveraging outdoor rec for conservation gains. SHIFT seeks an image for the 2016 Festival that captures its theme: “Outdoor Rec & Our Public Lands.”

Last week, SHIFT organizers announced the theme of the 2016 SHIFT Festival, which will be held Oct. 13-15 in Jackson Hole: “Outdoor Rec & Our Public Lands.”

To represent the 2016 Festival, organizers today announced a photo contest, with the winning photographer to receive $500 for his or her image.

“We want to capture the relationship between conservation and outdoor recreation that occurs with responsible use of our public lands,” said SHIFT Director Christian Beckwith—a relationship he says will be celebrated at the 2016 Festival.

As outlined in the Festival overview, “a growing number of conservation advocates realize that outdoor recreation provides a powerful, non-traditional, younger constituency for the protection and sound mIMG_7122anagement of natural resources, while human-powered outdoor recreation enthusiasts increasingly realize that protecting the setting and quality of our public lands, and addressing our impacts to wildlife and natural landscapes, are as critical as securing sustainable access.”

The winning image will convey this relationship. It will feature a recreationist or recreationists that reflect the cultural diversity of America. It will also include negative space for text. Portrayals of fishing, climbing, hunting, running, camping mountain biking, paddling, and hiking amidst fall foliage are welcome, as are other human-powered outdoor recreational activities, as long as they convey responsible stewardship of our natural resources.

IMG_5483 Photographers may submit a maximum of three images for consideration. The deadline for the submissions is July 21.

Submissions can be made via email to

Winners will be announced July 31.

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