Devil’s Glen, along the Dearborn River on the Rocky Mountain Front (photo by Craig Duff of Great Falls)

Wild Montana and Wild Montana Action Fund Announce 14th Annual Picture Wild Montana Photo Contest
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: January 30, 2023

Prizes for winning photos include a $300 grand prize, Mystery Ranch and Patagonia packs, Oboz footwear, and more.


Helena, MT – On Wednesday, Feb. 1, Wild Montana and Wild Montana Action Fund will launch the 14th annual Picture Wild Montana photo contest, with prizes offered for the best photos taken on public lands across the state.

Participants are encouraged to submit their best photos of wild public lands and waters in Montana, photos that can also include memorable moments in those places, such as hiking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, fly fishing on the Smith River, elk hunting in the Charles Russell National Wildlife Refuge, and countless other experiences.


Since 2009, amateur and professional photographers from across the state have participated in the Picture Wild Montana photo contest. Last year, Wild Montana received hundreds of submissions, each highlighting the beauty and wildness found in Montana.


“Over the years, we’ve seen stunning photographs of wildlife and memorable moments with friends and family on public lands across the state,” says Ben Gabriel, executive director of Wild Montana and Wild Montana Action Fund. “These photos demonstrate and celebrate our love of wild public lands in Montana and the power those lands have to bring us together.”


This year, photographers are invited to submit their photos at any time between 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, and 11:59 p.m., on Sunday, March 12. Contestants may submit up to 10 pictures but must submit each image individually.Judges will choose first-, second-, and third-place winners, with prizes awarded for each. Judges include Luke Duran, art director at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ “Montana Outdoors” magazine, and Chris Sawicki, creative services manager at Wild Montana and Wild Montana Action Fund.


The 14th annual Picture Wild Montana photo contest is proudly sponsored by Mystery Ranch, Patagonia, and Oboz Footwear. The first-place winner will receive a $300 Visa gift card and merchandise from our sponsors. Prizes also include Mystery Ranch and Patagonia packs, Oboz Footwear gift certificates, and a complimentary yearlong Wild Montana membership. Find a full list of prizes at


Following the contest period, Benefis Hospital in Great Falls will display photos from finalists throughout their facilities in an effort to help comfort patients and guests.


Wild Montana and Wild Montana Action fund will announce winners in March 2023.

 Participants can find complete contest rules at For more information, email Wild Montana’s Digital Communications Manager, Keely Kiewiet, at

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