For generations, Boulder’s iconic open space has provided photographers with stunning imagery that has captured the imagination of Boulder residents and visitors from all over the world. This year, the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department invites photographers to enter their best snapshots of the city’s diverse open space into the department’s sixth amateur photography contest.

  • Amateur photographers can submit unpublished photographs, for which a photographer has not received any payment or fees, into these contest categories:
  • People and Recreation: Photographs of people and pets enjoying OSMP land.
  • Flora and Fauna: Snapshots of any plant or wild animals thriving on city open space.
  • Scenery: Photographs of OSMP landscapes. This category may include wildlife, agriculture, flora or other natural elements, along with historic structures on city open space.
  • Youth Category: Photographers under 18 years old may enter pictures in any of the above categories.
  • Staff: Photographs by City of Boulder employees and their family members.

OSMP’s upcoming contest will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the nation’s dedicated open space sales tax, which Boulder residents passed in 1967. This innovative funding measure has helped the city to acquire and protect more than 45,000 acres of open space. To mark this important community milestone,OSMP encourages residents to enter their best open space photographs taken over the last 50 years into three contest categories: People and recreation, flora and fauna, and scenery.

A panel of professional photographers will judge the contest. Ribbons will be awarded for “Best of Show” and honorable mentions, first, second and third places in each category. The judges reserve the right to decide whether a category contains work that merits an award. Downtown Boulder gift cards will be awarded to the two “Best of Show” winners and, as available, to first, second and third place in each category.

Winning photographs will be on display at the Ranger Cottage at Chautauqua Trailhead, 900 Baseline Road, beginning Saturday, July 15. OSMP also will display the first-place photographs at this year’s “Art Inspired by the Land” exhibition, a summer art show that will feature artwork inspired by the city’s 45,000 acres of open space. Photographs also will be displayed in an online photo gallery on OSMP’s website.

Multiple photograph submissions in one category are allowed. However, contest participants may only submit a total of three photographs into the contest. All entries must be an 8-inch by 10-inch or 5-inch by 7-inch printed photograph and must document City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks’ land.
Contest rules, along with entry forms, are available at Entries must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, July 10, at OSMP’s Cherryvale office at 66 South Cherryvale Road. For more information, please visit or call OSMP at (303) 441-3440.

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