Columbia Gorge Photo Contest

The Friends of the Columbia Gorge’s 8th annual photo contest is underway and accepting submissions through midnight Sunday, February 12. The Gorge is a natural scenic treasure, protected as a federally designated National Scenic area. Thanks to protection efforts by the Friends and others who love this wild, wondrous place, visitors can keep coming back to their favorite vistas, year after year, season after season.

To take part in the photo contest, capture images with any kind of still photography instrument–camera phone, DSLR with multiple lenses, pinhole camera or other–and visit to submit them.

The contest has seven main categories–Community & Culture, Scenic Eastern Gorge, Scenic Western Gorge, Waterfalls, Wildflowers, Wildlife, Youth Photographer–as well as a Camera Phone Photo sub-category. The sub-category can be used in conjunction with any of the main categories by checking the box during the submission process.

The Friends remind visitors to please stay on trails and pack in, pack out when taking photos. Also make sure to prepare for your trip properly based on weather conditions. Ready, Set, GOrge ( has tips and resources to make the most of your visit, including transportation options.

Winning photographs will be publicly announced in late spring, with winners and honorable mentions being contacted via email by Friends staff. The grand prize is $250, a large print of the winning photo and a $225 gift card from Pro Photo Supply. Winners of each category will receive a large print of their photo and a $75 gift card from Pro Photo Supply. Honorable Mentions will receive a large print of their photo. The Camera Phone sub-category will receive a large print of their winning photo plus a prize to be announced. 

Get inspired to take your own or simply enjoy some amazing photos at where last year’s winners are listed.

Columbia Gorge Photo Contest

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