Contest Info

SCA Capture Conservation Photo Contest Summer 2016

What does conservation mean to you? What inspires you to visit the parks, forests, and refuges where nature is allowed to thrive? What inspires you to celebrate them? What inspires you to fight to keep them wild and untrammeled always and forever?

Whether it's the look on a loved one's face when they crest the hill and take in the view, or the breathtaking view itself, share it. Whether it's a wild animal in its natural habitat or your family dog enjoying some time on the trail, share it to inspire outdoor fun, to inspire conservation action, and to maybe win prizes like a round-trip flight for two or a National Parks Annual Pass.

In celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial year (and looking forward to its next 100 years!) this summer’s Capture Conservation themes are #Next100SCA and #LightTheLand.


Use this tag for photos taken at National Parks and other NPS sites. Our goal is to amass a collection of national park photos so huge and beautiful and moving that it helps us inspire a new generation of conservationists to help the National Park Service preserve our priceless public lands for all to enjoy for another 100 years!

All photos tagged thusly will be eligible for the Next 100 prize—a Public Lands Annual Pass granting access to all U.S. public lands, including national parks, free of charge—as well as the grand prize, people’s choice prize, and runner up prizes.  

You can also use this tag on Instagram for a chance to win the Instagram Mini-Contest Prize. 


Use this to tag photos that light the land with your unique perspective on why we must preserve Earth’s natural spaces for the good of the planet, for the good of wildlife, and for the good of humanity.

DEADLINE for entry is 2:59 PM EDT, Friday, October 28th, 2016!


The Contest ends at 2:59 PM EDT, Friday, October 28th, 2016.


Photographers 15 years or older – except for individuals who are full-time employees of the Student Conservation Association – are eligible to enter. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that he or she was 15 years old or older at the time of entry. The Student Conservation Association will determine eligibility. Contest is limited to residents of the United States including the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.


Please submit digital photos at the highest resolution possible in .jpg .png or .gif format online at We cannot accept photographs submitted through the mail on disk. You may submit up to 5 photos per week, using the entry form on our website, but you will need to complete a separate form for each photo submitted. Please note: we cannot accept more than one contestant per email address.

For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure verbal permission from the subject. In the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian must give written permission. Written consent must be provided to the SCA upon request. Any photo that can not provide written consent will be removed from the contest. A sample release is available here.

Submissions may not contain material that, in the sole discretion of SCA, violate or infringe another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement. Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including copyright, are not eligible. [This means, photos that you submit must have been taken by you, among other things.]
Photographs that have won any other contests or have been published in magazines and newspapers are not eligible.

Use & Reuse of Contest Content

You will still retain the right to publish your work in other media and to further transfer rights to this work to other parties. By submitting a photo you agree that the submission is an original photograph and you agree to these terms and conditions.

By submitting a photo, you agree to give SCA non-exclusive rights to reproduce your work to be used and reproduced in SCA publications, on the Web site, or in any other SCA marketing and media projects in all media in perpetuity. Contest entries may be selected to appear in SCA’s print and online publications and marketing initiatives.

You may make fair use of this photo contest content as defined by fair use copyright law. Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use. More information about copyright fair use law can be found here:

If you choose to reuse any of these photos for non-commercial purposes, please observe the following terms:

  • Credit the photographer and source and specify that any subsequent reuse must also credit the photographer and source
  • Cite and link to, when possible, the SCA website as the source.


All entries must be received online by 2:59 PM EDT, Friday, October 28th, 2016, Eastern Daylight Time ("EDT"). The Student Conservation Association’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest. If for any reason a contestant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, contestant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Contest during the Contest Period.


Grand prize

  • Two free round-trip tickets from SCA sponsor Southwest Airlines, to the SWA domestic destinations of your choice.

Second Prize & Third Prize

  • A SCA logo'd trail-ready backpack, and a SCA water bottle.

People's Choice Prize

  • Cold weather camping provision package, including a sleeping bag, a SCA beanie, woolly warm hiking socks, and a SCA logo'd, trail-ready pack.

Instagram Mini-Contest Prize

  • A SCA stainless steel water bottle, a SCA mesh ball cap, and a SCA pocketable, reusable, Chico-brand nylon grocery bag. 

Next 100 Prize

  • A Public Lands Annual Pass, providing entrance to all U.S. public lands--including national parks--free of charge.

SCA reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value if a prize described in these Official Rules is unavailable or cannot be awarded, in whole or in part, for any reason. SCA makes no representation or warranty concerning the appearance, safety or performance of any prize awarded. Restrictions, conditions and limitations may apply. SCA will not replace any lost or stolen Prizes. No prize transfer, assignment or substitution by Winners permitted.


Questions? E-mail us: [email protected]