2017 C&I Photo Contest

In each issue, Cowboys & Indians shares great Western images shot by masters of American photography. Now it’s your turn.

Whether you’re headed for rugged terrain or greener pastures this season, don’t forget to pack your camera, because the 2017 C&I Photo Contest is now developing.

What to Enter

The six contest categories are drawn from subjects of special interest to Cowboys & Indians:

  • Landscapes: Photographs that capture an expansive vision of the West, including but not limited to geological or climatological features located west of the Mississippi. (Vertical landscapes will be the most likely candidates for the cover winner.)
  • Portraits: Photographs that capture the many faces of the West — at work and at play, at home and on the ranch, attending rodeos and powwows.
  • Action: Photographs of activities that capture traditional or modern aspects of Western and Native American/First Nations life.
  • Wildlife: Photographs of animals inhabiting areas west of the Mississippi.
  • Equine: Photographs of horses.
  • Instagram: Use the hashtag #CIPhotoContest17 to tag your photos of Western and Native culture throughout the year.

The Prizes

Six category winners will be selected, one for each category. The winning entry and runners-up will be published in the March 2017 Photographing the West issue of Cowboys & Indians. The winners of the six categories will each receive $500.

In addition, one entry will be selected as the overall winner and one entry will be selected as the cover image. The overall contest winner and cover image winner will each receive $1,000.

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2017 Rules & Regulations

1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Buying will not help you win. Your chances of winning without making a purchase are the same as the chances of someone who purchases something. You don’t have to buy or pay anything to enter.
2. DEADLINE: All entries must be complete and properly uploaded according to the instructions below on or before October 28, 2016.
3. LIMITATIONS: All images or videos must have been shot by the entrant on or after January 1, 2015. Submit no more than ONE photograph per category.
4. FORMAT: Images must be submitted electronically in JPEG format, no larger than 10 MB in size. Images must be 300 dpi or greater and at least 3 x 5 inches in size. Images selected for the cover must be at least 10 x 12 inches in size.
5. RIGHTS AND USAGE: By entering the contest and for valuable consideration, including but not limited to credited publication, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, entrants grant Cowboys & Indians the right to publish and use submitted photographs and video, without prior approval or compensation beyond the terms of the contest, in print or electronic form in any future issue or issues of the magazine, for advertising and promotion of the magazine, for exhibition, on the website, and for commercial products, including but not limited to Cowboys & Indians calendars, holiday cards, and media kits.
6. WARRANT OF ORIGINALITY: The entrant warrants that he or she is the sole creator and owner of the image or video and holds the complete and undivided copyright interest, and that publication will not violate any law or infringe upon the proprietary rights of any other institution or individual. The entrant warrants that he or she has the unimpaired right to grant Cowboys & Indians the publication rights described in paragraph 3 above. The entrant further warrants that the image or video has not been previously published and is not pending publication.
7. MODEL RELEASE: For any image or video in which a person is recognizable, you must provide a signed model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, from the subject’s parent or guardian. Click here to download a .pdf of the model release.
8. INDEMNIFICATION: The entrant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Cowboys & Indians against any claim, demand, lawsuit, or proceeding that might be brought against Cowboys & Indians by reason of any of the following matters regarding the image or video:
a)     any violation or infringement of any proprietary right or copyright;
b)    any libelous or unlawful matter contained in the image or video;
c)     any invasion of the rights of privacy or other personal rights possessed by any person or entity, including illegal trespass by the entrant while obtaining the image or video;
d)    the entrant’s breach of any term, covenant, representation, or warranty of this agreement;
e)     anything whatsoever that might prejudice the securing to Cowboys & Indians or its assigns of the full benefit of the rights granted herein.
In the event of any legal proceeding relating to the submitted image, the entrant agrees to fully cooperate with Cowboys & Indians and its counsel in the defense thereof.
9. FORUM: This contest is void where prohibited. The entrant agrees that this contest shall be subject to and governed by the laws of Texas and the forum for any dispute shall be in Dallas, Texas, United States of America.
10. EDITING: The entrant agrees that Cowboys & Indians will have the right to edit, crop, and/or digitally retouch any images or video selected for publication.
11. JUDGING: A team of Cowboys & Indians editors and publishers will review the eligible images and videos and select the winners for each category. Winners will be notified on or before January 1, 2017.
12. PRIVACY: Cowboys & Indians shares the information collected from contest entries with Cowboys & Indians advertisers. By entering your home and/or email address on the contest entry form, you consent to receive promotional mail and email from Cowboys & Indians and our advertisers.
13. TAX LIABILITY: Federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the contest winners.
14. CONTACT INFORMATION: If you wish to receive the winner’s name, have questions about the contest, or do not want to receive future mailings, specify your request and write to: Contest Administrator, Cowboys & Indians, 6688 N. Central Expwy., Suite 650, Dallas, TX 75206.
15. AGREEMENT: These rules and regulations contain the full and complete understanding of entrant and Cowboys & Indians with regard to participation in the C&I Photo Contest, superseding all prior agreements and understandings, whether oral or written. By submitting any image or video to the C&I Photo Contest, the entrant agrees to all of the terms of the rules and regulations set forth herein.