Welcome to the Visit Big Bend 2015 Photo Contest.  Do you have a photo with majestic landscapes, awesome outdoor activities, or excellent hospitality  in the Big Bend?  You could win up to $600 worth of prizes! Photos must be taken in Brewster County outside the city limits of Alpine: Marathon, Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, Lajitas, Terlingua, Study Butte and in between.

To enter the contest:  Upload your photo to our contest Flickr Group, and register your entry in the form below. Multiple entries are welcome!

Step 1: Add Your Photo to the Flickr Group

Visit Big Bend 2015 Photo Contest

Step 2: Register Your Entry

Your contact information will remain confidential.  All fields are required.

    Full Name


    Flickr Username

    Entry URL (link to the photo on Flickr)

    Entry Category (select one)

    Step 3: Share Your Photo

    Share your photo on Instagram

    1. Be following @visitbigbend
    2. Tag @visitbigbend
    3. Use the hashtags #visitbigbend and #vbbphotocontest

    Share your photo on Facebook

    1. Like Visit Big Bend on Facebook
    2. Tag @visitbigbend Facebook page in caption
    3. Use hashtag #vbbphotocontest


    We will award one prize per each of 3 categories:

    1. Landscapes, including sunsets, sunrises, night skies, etc
    2. Outdoor activities. Photos showing people having FUN will be favored by the judges
    3. Hospitality, which includes people enjoying hotels, restaurants, “watering holes” , nightlife, etc.

    The winners of each category will receive:

    • $500 in Lodging or Outfitter Services
    • $100 Cash Card

    Official Rules

    The 2015 Visit Big Bend Photo Contest (“Photo Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years old. Employees of The Brewster County Tourism Council, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, are not eligible to enter.

    Entry Period
    The Photo Contest begins at 12:00am CST on October 15, 2015 and ends at 12:00am CST on January 5, 2016 (the “Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. Visit Big Bend’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Photo Contest.

    What to Enter
    We’d like to see photos of people having fun with Big Bend activities, landscapes and scenic views, and hospitality services  including lodging, amenities, food and beverages in the Big Bend area.

    To ensure eligibility for the contest all entries must have a resolution of 3 million pixels or greater (3 megapixels) to be made available upon request.Minimum size is 4″ by 6″ at 300 dpi.

    All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.

    Entries may originate in any format — including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — so long as they are submitted electronically in a .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single “High Dynamic Range” image are acceptable.

    Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see “Your Rights” below). You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to Visit Big Bend upon request.

    If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to Visit Big Bend upon request.

    Please do not include the following:

    • Images of captive animals photographed in zoos and commercial game farms
    • Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright
    • Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content
    • Images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife, or damage to the environment by the photographer
    • Images that involve putting any individual or animal in danger.

    Visit Big Bend shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.

    How to Enter
    Entries must be submitted to the Visit Big Bend Photo Contest 2015 Flickr Group,  Entries must be registered at  Photos that are not uploaded to the Flickr group or not registered will be disqualified.

    Digital images that are sent via mail or email will not be accepted.

    You may enter an unlimited number of times, but you may not use an agency or automated system to enter. Visit Big Bend reserves the right to reject any additional entries or entries that do not comply with these Official Rules. By entering, you indicate your unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Official Rules and Visit Big Bend’s decisions, which are final and binding. You cannot win a prize unless you comply with all requirements in these Official Rules.

    Photos will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and subject matter relevance to the contest. Judging will be conducted by a panel of Visit Big Bend employees and a group of guest judges to be selected by Visit Big Bend at its sole discretion (the “Panel”). The Panel will evaluate all valid entries and pick the following winners.

    All judging decisions are final. Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.

    Visit Big Bend will notify the winner via the contact information provided at the time of entry.

    Potential Winner Requirements
    Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility, including proof of age, and liability/publicity release within 14 days. If a potential winner is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the documents on his/her behalf. If a potential winner fails to return these documents on time, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place in a random drawing of all remaining entries received. Only three (3) alternate potential winners may be contacted per category.

    Visit Big Bend will award the following prizes, 1 prize per category.

    Three (3) Category winners (Landscape, Activities, and Hospitality) will receive:

    • $500 in Lodging or Outfitter Services
    • $100 cash card

    Prizes will only be shipped to an address in the United States.

    All winners are responsible for paying any income taxes and any and all other costs and expenses not listed above. Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Visit Big Bend, in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded. A winner may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, Visit Big Bend reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Visit Big Bend, in its sole discretion.

    Your Rights

    Your photographs help Visit Big Bend promote Big Bend’s amazing diversity of wildlife, people, plants and habitats. Thank you for helping to further our mission through your photography.

    You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit – including ownership if applicable.

    If you submit a photograph to enter the Photo Contest, you grant Visit Big Bend a royalty-free, nonexclusive right during the Photo Contest to:

    • Display the photograph on the Visit Big Bend website (
    • Display the photograph on the Visit Big Bend social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr, and Instagram)
    • Display the photograph on Visit Big Bend printed promotional material
    • Use the photograph in Visit Big Bend’s internal and external communications materials including but not limited to web sites and web publications, fact sheets, fund raising publications, advertising, multimedia, presentation and membership services, annual reports, and magazines.
    • Provide your photograph to other individuals and organizations for Big Bend-related use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, videos, membership premiums, and the like.
    • Use, in connection with the Photo Contest, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.
    • Retain a digital copy of your photograph that will be archived in the Visit Big Bend photo library and accessible to Visit Big Bend staff via the Visit Big Bend internal online photo archive.
    • Allow third-parties to share the photograph on the social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr, and Instagram)

    Visit Big Bend will endeavor to credit all photographs with the caption “Person’s Name” when the full name is available.

    General Conditions
    In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Photo Contest is impaired in any way, Visit Big Bend may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Photo Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Photo Contest; or (b) award the prize(s) from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Visit Big Bend reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Photo Contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Visit Big Bend’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Visit Big Bend by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Visit Big Bend. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the owner. The Photo Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

    Release and Limitations of Liability
    By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless the Brewster County Tourism Council, Visit Big Bend, their respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Photo Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Photo Contest; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) late or undelivered mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Photo Contest; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property. You waive the right to claim any attorneys fees and any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

    Privacy and Publicity
    Any information you submit as part of the Photo Contest will be used in accordance with Visit Big Bend’s Privacy Policy. The information you provide when you enter is provided to Visit Big Bend. Except where prohibited, you consent to Visit Big Bend’s use of your name in any list of winners (if applicable) and for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.

    You agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Photo Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Texas. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Visit Big Bend in connection with the Photo Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Texas, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of Texas or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Texas.

    Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to