GRAND VALLEY TRAILS ASSOCIATION

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Photo contest

GVTA members are invited to submit their best photos in the annual photo contest. Up to six photos taken in the current year (since the last photo contest) may be submitted in the annual contest. These photos will become part of the GVTA archives and may be used for promotional purposes.


By way of reference, GVTA activity means any hike taken with a group of two or more GVTA members hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing. It does not have to be a GVTA-sponsored hike.


Contest categories

Category 1 – The grand scheme of things

Photo MUST have been taken on the Grand Valley Trail. Photo depicting a landscape or scenery taken on the Grand Valley Trail while on a GVTA activity.


Category 2 - Structural encounters

Photo MUST have been taken on the Grand Valley Trail. Photo depicting buildings, bridges, sheds, anything made by humans and encountered on the Grand Valley Trail during a GVTA activity.


Category 3 – Nature

Photo depicting flowers, fungus, trees, wildlife. Photo to be taken on a GVTA activity but not on the Grand Valley Trail.


Category 4 - Landscapes and scenery

Photo depicting landscapes and scenery. Photo to be taken on a GVTA activity but not on the Grand Valley Trail.


Category 5 - People

Photo depicting GVTA members participating in any GVTA activity, including Trail Maintenance.


How to submit photos

  1. Photos need to be in 4 by 6-inch hard copy format.
  2. On the back of each photo, write the category, your name and email address, and location (or approximate location) where the photo was taken.
  3. Bring your photos to the Annual Festive Season Dinner, typically held in early December. Check the website or newsletter for annual dinner details and photo contest deadlines.
  4. If you cannot attend the dinner, email your photos to the photo contest coordinator on the date and by the deadline outlined in the Festive Season Dinner notice. For each photo submitted, provide the information indicated in 2 above.

By submitting photographs, you are confirming that:

  • You are the sole owner of copyright on this photograph, and you understand that you are granting the GVTA the nonexclusive right to use it in any way that the GVTA sees fit.
  • Participants who have modeled or posed in the photo have assigned all relevant rights to you.

Contest winners

Photos will be judged by attendees at the Annual Festive Season Dinner. Awards include First Place and Honorable Mention for each category and an overall People's Choice Award. Winners are given small prizes and their photos are published on line.