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Since 2019, ESWA solicits entries each fall for its annual contest for photos that best evoke the splendor of the Wilderness Areas that ESWA helps protect –Eagles Nest, Holy Cross, and Ptarmigan.  The submission window is announced mid-summer. Photos should be submitted to

Winners are announced and prizes presented at our Annual Meeting. 

We strive to engage ESWA volunteers and members in a fun activity to promote the preservation and protection of the Eagles Nest, Ptarmigan Peak, and Holy Cross Wilderness Areas. You are encouraged to submit your own favorite photographs.

A Selection Committee appointed by the ESWA Board reviews all entries. ESWA uses the winning photo to create notecards to sell for fundraising purposes, as well as for gifts and marketing. The proceeds will help support ESWA, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization. See below for Guidelines and FAQs.


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Guidelines & FAQs

  • Any member of ESWA may submit photos. If you would like to join our organization, you can become a member by completing the application form on our join/donate page HERE. 

  • Each individual may submit no more than three (3) photos (jpeg format). 

  • Photos must specify the area where the photo was taken (this information will be kept confidential). Only photos taken in the Eagles Nest, Holy Cross or Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness Areas will be accepted.

  • Photos may not include people or dogs (landscape, wildlife & flora/fauna only). 

  • Winners shall be determined based on the judges’ opinion of how well the photos represent the wilderness characteristics of the Wilderness Areas in which ESWA works. 

  • There shall be no payments made to volunteers/members submitting the photos. All proceeds from the sale of the photos will be used by ESWA for educational purposes, trail projects, patrolling activities and other Wilderness advocacy programs and operational expenses. 

  • By submitting your photos, you allow ESWA to use them in any way that its Board deems appropriate. In any such use a photo credit line stating the name of the photographer will be included.

  • Members of the ESWA Board and the Selection Committee are ineligible to submit photos.

What will the winners receive?

  • An email from the Board stating that they are one of the winners.

  • One box of notecards at no charge featuring the winning photos. 

  • Your name will be included on the back of each notecard that has your photograph printed on it. 

  • Each of the three winners will also receive a free ESWA hat.

How will the notecards be promoted?

  • ESWA will promote the notecards on our website, our Facebook page, and on Instagram.

  • During fundraising drives, the notecard sets will be provided as an incentive to donors at the $250 level and above. 

  • The winning photo will be used as a banner photo on ESWA’s website.   

Will the notecards promote more traffic into the Wilderness? 

  • The Board believes this project will neither increase Wilderness traffic by members of the public, nor will it cause harm to the areas represented in any of the photos published. The locations of the photos used will not be listed on the notecards, except for the Wilderness Area in which the photo was taken. 

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