The Bighorn Country Photography Project — submit now!

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) are seeking professional-level photography submissions for the Bighorn Country Photography Project.

The project will support our efforts to protect the Bighorn Backcountry as a network of provincial protected areas and will culminate in a book published by Rocky Mountain Books, celebrating the Bighorn’s natural, cultural and recreational treasures. The book will be published in the spring of 2019 and will also feature essays by regional experts.

If you’re thinking about submitting, please read the requirements and terms below. Submissions will be accepted through cloud storage sharing (e.g. Google Drive or DropBox).


(Please read before completing submission form)

Subject themes

  • Flora and Fauna

  • The Hydrological Cycle

  • Big Landscapes

  • Geology

  • People Connecting with Nature

Photo quality/size requirements

  • Size: 14" or 36 cm or 4200 pixels on the longest side at 300 dpi. Panoramas may be sized to 24" or 60 cm or 7200 pixels on the longest side at 300 dpi.

  • RGB colour space only.

  • Tiff files flattened (no layers, no selections, etc.)

  • Files should be appropriately sharpened. Some files may be sharpened at pre-press if required.

  • Any information relevant to the image (such as whether the subject was captive or baited or whether the image was composited or unduly manipulated) should be disclosed in the basic caption.

Outcomes, including usage rights

  • Photos selected by Y2Y staff and the editors will be published in a coffee table photo book celebrating the Bighorn Country.

  • All published photographs will be credited. 

  • No payment will be made to photographers. Royalties generated through the sale of this book will be donated to conservation in the Bighorn Wildland region.

  • Whether or not a submitted photograph is published in the book, by submitting a photo you are granting permission to Y2Y to use the submitted image for promotional and/or fundraising purposes in the Love Your Headwaters campaign, without further consent but with acknowledgement to the photographer. Y2Y is permitted to use the photograph for purposes including but not limited to promoting the Bighorn Country Photography Project during the submission window.

  • Publication and/or use by Y2Y does not rescind the photographer’s own rights to use and/or sell the submitted photograph(s).


  • Photographer must submit a short biography of no more than 100 words (text file). The publisher will edit and possibly rewrite the bio.


  • Deadline for submissions is 11:59pm, Mountain Time, December 31, 2017.

  • Selected photographers will be notified by the spring of 2018.

  • Publication is expected in spring 2019.

  • This timeline is subject to change without notice.

Unacceptable practices/subjects

  • Permission for taking and submitting photos must be ascertained for all images of human subjects, Indigenous cultural or historic sites, or otherwise sensitive subjects. It is the responsibility of the photographer to gain that permission before submitting. Note that it is not permitted to take photos of Sundance lodges, vision quest sites, or other spiritual sites without permission from an authoritative representative of the Indigenous community who established it or on whose territory it is found.

  • Wildlife photos ascertained through the use of baiting, encroaching on an animal’s space, or other forms of wildlife harassment will be rejected.

  • Drone photography is acceptable provided the above quality standards are met, and the photographer follows the legal and ethical standards set out by Transport Canada ( and the authorities with local jurisdiction, which may include Parks Canada, Alberta Parks, Alberta Environment and Parks, First Nations, or private land owners.