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2015 NOLS Annual Fund Calendar Photo Contest is closed!

You can still submit your favorite pictures from your NOLS experience to the 2016 calendar contest!

Win prizes and have your stellar photography seen by thousands of other NOLS supporters!

Read on to see how…

Each year, the NOLS Annual Fund produces a calendar made up of photography from our beloved NOLS alumni and instructors.  In the fall, the calendar gets sent out to over 20,000 graduates, parents and supporters of the NOLS family showing the vast reach and impact of donated dollars.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR: Clear and striking digital images that epitomize life and landscape from your NOLS experience. Our goal in compiling the calendar is to best represent NOLS, its course areas and its technical skill activities.

HOW TO ENTER: Donate your photos to NOLS!

We select from the photos donated over the past year. If you donated photos after July 15, 2014, they will be eligible for the 2016 contest. Photographers must include a signed Media Donation Release along with their photos that follow the Submission Instructions:

  1. Make your selection of images to submit and place into a folder that is labeled with your full name. Only submit new images; please do not send duplicates from past years.

  1. Write a short caption/description for all images you want to submit to NOLS.

  1. Export the images from your application. Export full-size images in  JPEG, TIFF, and DNG formats. For JPEGs, use Maximum Quality.

  1. Organize the images into folders for each NOLS location.

  1. Delivery methods:

a. Burn them to a disc or copy them to a thumb drive and mail them to:
NOLS Creative
Attn: Photo Submissions
284 Lincoln Street
Lander, WY 82520

b. Submit electronically from the following online file transfer services:

  •, by sharing the folder with “”
  • Google Drive, by sharing the folder with “”


DEADLINES: Photos can be submitted year round. The deadline for calendar submissions is 11:59 pm Mountain Standard Time on July 13, 2015*.

*We are not able to accept any photos for the 2015 calendar after this date due to our production deadline. However, you can submit photos on a rolling basis for the 2016 calendar after July 13, 2015.


WINNING PHOTOS: The winning photographers from the 2015 calendar contest will be notified by phone or email on or by September 19, 2014 and at that point will receive information about their selected photo and about their prizes for winning.

The judging panel is made up of NOLS staff members familiar with photography and responsible for selecting images for various NOLS printed and online marketing materials. The judging panel will select 16 photos to be published in the 2015 NOLS Annual Fund Calendar.  NOLS shall determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. All decisions made by the judges are final. NOLS reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.


QUESTIONS: Please read ALL the photo submission guidelines first.  Then, if you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to call Aila Brennan at 800-332-4280 or e-mail

We can’t wait to see snapshots from your NOLS experience!!!



Photo: Kevin Markham


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