Cover Photo Contest Guidelines: Enter by Postal Mail
Entry form (PDF)
Winning photos will be published on the front and back covers of the print version of the 2017-2018 Oregon Blue Book.
Open to amateur photographers of any age who are Oregon residents.
Photos must be original images taken by the entrant and may not have been previously commercially published.
The cover photos must be in color and represent some aspect of Oregon such as landscapes, buildings or events. See previous covers of the Oregon Blue Book for ideas. This year, photographers are encouraged to use the 2017-2018 Oregon Blue Book theme of Oregon outdoor recreation as inspiration.
Orientation, editing and dimensions
All photo prints submitted must have a *vertical (portrait)* orientation. Images may have minor alterations for color, contrast, etc. but may not be significantly altered, appear unnatural or have important elements added or removed.
Print submissions originating from digital images
Digital images may be submitted only on photo-quality paper with dimensions of at least 5” x 7”. The original images should have a native image height and width of at least 1800 x 2700 pixels (about 5 megapixels). Winning photographers must make an electronic copy (TIFF, high quality JPEG, etc.) of the print available upon request. More about image size
Print submissions originating from 35mm or higher film
Minimum print size is 5" x 7". Winning photographers must make available either a negative or slide of the print upon request.
Photos that do not meet these criteria will not be considered for the cover.
Use entry form
All photos must be accompanied by this fillable PDF entry form. The print must be marked with or have attached the name and telephone number of the entrant. Each photo listed on the entry form should include a brief description, the location and the date taken.
Entries will be accepted through October 12, 2016 (postmarked by October 12, 2016). Send entries to:
Blue Book Photo Editor
Secretary of State, Archives Division
800 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97310.
A committee designated by the Secretary of State will make recommendations on the selection of winning photos. The Secretary of State will make the final selections.
A brief description of the winning photos and photographers will be published in the Blue Book. The winners will be invited to the Secretary of State’s recognition event announcing the release of the new Oregon Blue Book. Winners will be notified by phone or mail on or before December 31, 2016.
All entries will become part of the permanent collection of the Oregon State Archives. Entries cannot be returned. Photos submitted to the Cover Photo Contest but not selected for the cover may be chosen for use elsewhere in the Oregon Blue Book with full credit given to the photographer.
Contact the Blue Book Editor at (503) 378-5199 or contact us via the Web.
Entry form (fillable PDF)
You can also submit digital images to the Cover Photo Contest via email.
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