Cover Photo Contest Guidelines: Enter by Email

A rock outcrop on a cliff.
This is an example of a portrait or vertical orientation. This is the proper orientation for serious consideration as the cover photo of the print version of the Oregon Blue Book. The image above is of rock formations along Leslie Gulch in southeast Oregon. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
Entry Form
(fillable PDF)

Contest

Winning photos will be published on the front and back covers of the print version of the 2021-2022 Oregon Blue Book.

Entrants

Open to photographers of any age who are Oregon residents and earn less than half of their income from landscape photography.

Entries

Photos must be original images taken by the entrant and may not have been previously commercially published.

Content

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.

Orientation and Editing

All photos 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.

Submit Lower Resolution Images for Judging

Digital JPEG format images with a width and height of about 1400 x 2100 pixels are preferred. Somewhat larger or smaller images are acceptable for contest judging. More about image size

Must have Higher Resolution Images Suitable for Print Available

The winning photographers must provide TIFF format or high quality JPEG format digital images with a native width and height of at least 1800 x 2700 pixels (about 5 megapixels). Images that do not meet these criteria will not be used for the cover. More about image size

Contest Entry Form

Individual Photo Identification

Each photo listed on the entry form should include a brief description, the location and the date taken.

Photo File Names

Each photo submitted must have a file name that consists of your last name, first name, and a number that corresponds with the photo description list number on the form (e.g., simmonsann7.jpg). 

Enter by Email

  1. Save the completed PDF entry form.
  2. Attach the PDF and all of the JPEG images you are entering to an email.
  3. Send the email to: oregon.bluebook@oregon.gov

Email Box Limits

Please note that the contest email box can accept up to 20 megabytes (MB) of attachments per email submission. Your email service may have lower limits. If your email is returned to you as unsent, try lowering the file size of the images or breaking the submission into two emails.

Deadline

Entries must be emailed by October 22, 2020.

Judging

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.

Winners

A brief description of the winning photos and photographers will be published in the Oregon Blue Book. The winners will be invited to the Secretary of State’s recognition event announcing the release of the new Oregon Blue Book.

Other Uses

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.

Questions

Contact the Blue Book Editor at 503-378-5199 or contact us via the Web.
 
Entry Form (fillable PDF)

Note

You can also submit hard copy prints to the Cover Photo Contest via postal mail.