Cover Photo Contest Guidelines: Enter by Postal Mail

Rock outcropping in the high desert. Blue sky with white clouds behind.
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)


Winning photos will be published on the front and back covers of the print version of the 2023-2024 Oregon Blue Book.


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


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.

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

A barn on farm land. A crop of vegetables are laid out in front of the barn. A stand of fir trees in the distance.
This is an example of a landscape or horizontal orientation. Images with this orientation are very unlikely to win the contest and a spot on the cover of the print version of the Oregon Blue Book. However, selected images may be included in the Web version of the Blue Book. The above image is of a barn on Southeast Kelso Road in Clackamas County. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
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 22, 2022 (postmarked by October 22, 2022). 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, 2022. 

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.


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


You can also submit digital images to the Cover Photo Contest via email.