Have you taken some awesome images?

Do you LOVE photography?

Is a free camera appealing?

If you are in high school and you answered yes to any of the above questions, then our High School Photo Contest was made for YOU!

This annual contest, which runs from December 1st to February 28th, is one of the best opportunities for high school photographers to earn recognition for their work. Not only does this contest give you a reason to comb through your photos and find the best 5 images, but those images will put you in the running for a brand new Canon 5D Mark IV camera!!! That's huge!

Creating images to enter into this contest can also be an awesome opportunity to flex your artistic muscles. We are looking for photos that show you are dedicated to bettering your craft, excited about technical and creative excellence, and ready to keep moving forward toward your unique goals. The winners of each of our four categories (People, Nature, Miscellaneous, and Smartphone) are young people who are willing to dig deep into their wells of inspiration and bring it all back up to the surface. If you are one of these people, you have found a creative home.

This contest was created by photographers for photographers, and we are here to help you grow.

So pick your favorites, make new pictures, and spend time honing your craft so that you can push yourself right into one of the winning slots. We wish you the best of luck, and we can't wait to look at your images.


Nature Category:
Just because you are entering a photo contest sponsored by a photography school in Montana (the most beautiful state ever, anywhere), your nature images don't necessarily have to be of towering mountains, crystal clear lakes, or bald eagles. This category is where you will want to submit all of your amazing images that were taken of our natural world.
If you captured amazing light on a corn field in Nebraska, submit it here. Got a great photo of a bird perched on a stop sign in New York City? Submit it here. Have an epic photo of an octopus riding a shark that is jumping out of the water ... to catch a flying fish ... in front of a rainbow ... with lightning in the distance? Absolutely submit that gem here! If the primary subject in your image is an incredible natural landscape or a wild animal, submit that here. (Cityscapes and pets go into the Miscellaneous category!)

People Category:
People photography is always interesting and powerful. This category is where you should submit all of your amazing portraits, tender moments between your grandpa and his dog, a portrait of your track-star friend, or the overly expressive fan at a football game. Male or female, young or old, silhouetted or well lit ... if the main subject of your frame is a person or group of people, no matter where they are or what they're doing, submit it in this category. But look closely... if the person is a tiny speck next to a magnificent waterfall, that image is probably better suited for the Landscape category.

Miscellaneous Category:
Whether it's a cityscape, a photo of your cat, that perfect swirl on your pumpkin spice latte, a pair of shoes, an airplane wing, or a fancy product shot, this is the category to encompass all of it. If you are unsure about whether your image fits in this category, ask yourself what the main subject of your photo is. If it is of a hand holding a camera, then it's not "People," it's "Miscellaneous."

Smartphone Category:
This category is specifically for the camera-phone users of the world! This is the category that allows smartphone users a fair shot to win a brand new mirrorless Canon camera to replace that phone! Submit up to five images that you've created with your smartphone! Any subject matter goes -- All that matters is the camera you used!

Prizes and Sponsors

Prizes will be awarded to the top winner in each category (Nature, People, Miscellaneous, Smartphone) as determined by our judges. To determine the winner of each category, RMSP's in-house judges will review every image submitted in order to narrow each category down to just 90-100 images. These final images will then be passed on to our category-specific guest judges who will determine the winner in each category. From the four winners (one per category), RMSP's in-house judges will then determine one grand prize winner.

Throughout the contest we will continue to work to increase the prize pool. So, who knows...by the time we announce the winner, the first place prize package could include a Ferrari*!

*Don't count on it.

Grand Prize Winner

(This winner is chosen from one of the four category winners. The following prizes are added to their category prize pack.)

Category Winners






This photo contest wouldn't be as exceptional as it is without the support and generosity of many of our Educational Partners. Every company on this list has chipped in to help us help you, and recognizes that your success = their success. We know that we will be flooded with great images from around the world during this contest, but that only a handful of photographers will win prizes. (bummer, but true). But even if you don't win the fully equipped, 50,000 square foot studio space in Manhattan grand prize*, we encourage you to support these brands. And if you ever have a question about any of their products or services, we are happy to steer you in the right direction or spend some time on the phone with you to make sure your questions get answered.

*Just kidding. This isn't one of our prizes... yet.


Nature Category: Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard is an accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author. Traveling throughout the year to pursue the farthest expanses of Earth, Burkard works to capture stories that inspire humans to consider their relationship with nature, while promoting the preservation of wild places everywhere.

Layered by outdoor, travel, adventure, surf, and lifestyle subjects, Burkard is known for images that are punctuated by untamed, powerful landscapes. Through social media chris strives to share his vision of wild places with millions of people, and to inspire them to explore for themselves.

His visionary perspective has earned him opportunities to work on global, prominent campaigns with Fortune 500 clients, speak on the TED stage, design product lines, educate, and publish a growing collection of books. Along with his team, Burkard is based out of his production studio and art gallery in the Central Coast of California.

At the age of 30, Burkard has established himself as a global presence and influencer. He is happiest with his wife Breanne raising their two sons Jeremiah and Forrest in his hometown of Pismo Beach, California.


People Category: Forest Woodward

Raised by Woodwards and tamed by wolves, I am haunted by the allure of point breaks and powder days, steep creeks and tall peaks; I am a hunter gatherer of natural light and candid moments. With an appetite whet with a taste of the unknown and the smell of home, I wander a path paved by open minds and trusting eyes, guided by willing feet...

...and a desire to bring you with me.

From my early days drinking fixer in RMSP's dark room, learning zone system and processing 4x5 negatives, to recent trips documenting surf culture in NYC, migrant farm workers in Napa, rock climbing in South Africa, or the street kids of Rio's Carnival, my pursuit of new experiences pushes me to continually evolve my vision, while reminding me of the importance of carrying my camera with humor, compassion and curiosity.

CLIENTS: Patagonia, Filson, JCrew, CamelBak, Vasque, Outdoor Research, Black Diamond, PrimaLoft, Royal Robbins, Oliberte, RAB, Bluewater Ropes, NRS , Evolv, Cascade Designs, CAMP, Petzl

EDITORIAL: National Geographic Adventure, Outside Magazine, Esquire, Climbing, Alpinist, Rock & Ice, Australian Geographic Outdoor, The Usual Montauk, Mountain Gazette, Elevation Outdoors, Surfer Mag, Afar, Men’s Health, the Daily Beast (CNN), ABC, Forbes, AARP, The Inertia, Gawker, Elle (Canada), The Active Times, The Guardian, Adventure Journal


Miscellaneous Category: David Talley

"Even the darkest of moments are followed by an explosion of light..."

David Talley believes in a necessary resolution. He is an internationally recognized photographer and educator operating out of Portland, Oregon and Sydney, NSW. He was named as one of the top five young and talented photographers by the United Colors of Benetton in Italy in 2013. David's work exhibits the darkest moment before an explosion of light, and his imagery is marked by a story, broken but changed for the better, and the ability to transform the present problem into a prosperous future. David is the founder of the 2015 worldwide conceptual photography movement, Concept Collaboration.

In 2015, David traveled to 8 different countries, including the United Kingdom, Norway, Brazil, Italy, Japan, Vietnam, India, and Australia, teaching hundreds of students his inspiration, motivation, and creative techniques, thus enabling them to excel as artists. David's mission as an educator is to help photographers grow in their creative techniques, and to leave his students feeling in-control of and passionate about their creative future.


Smartphone Category: Pei Ketron

Pei Ketron is a photographer, educator, and consultant based in San Francisco. After a decade teaching special education in the public school system, Pei now teaches photography and social media classes privately and through companies and events such as Creative Live, The Image Flow, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and Adobe MAX. She also serves as a photographic mentor for travel experiences with companies such as Passion Passport. In addition to her experience with DSLR and medium-format film photography, Pei is also an accomplished mobile photographer. She specializes in travel and commercial photography worldwide.

Clients include: Adobe, All Nippon Airways, American Express, Apple, Canadian Tourism Commission, Carnival Cruises, Google, General Assembly, Mitsukoshi Isetan Group, Mercedes, Michael Kors, Pfizer, Save the Children, Travel & Leisure Magazine, Turkish Airlines, and UNICEF.


Contest Rules

  1. The RMSP High School Photo Contest begins on December 1, 2018 and ends at midnight MST on February 28, 2019. Our system will not allow you to upload any images outside of these times. No submissions will be accepted before or after these times.
  2. All submissions must be made through this website (www.rmsp.com). Submissions will not be accepted via email, link sharing, file transfer service, or other similar methods.
  3. All submissions are final. Please be 100% positive about your selected images when you submit them.
  4. Uploading images for someone else (i.e., a friend or classmate) while logged into your own account, is not allowed. Each submitter must submit through their own account.
  5. Each entrant must be of United States high school age (between 14 and 19 years old, usually).
  6. By submitting one or more images to the Photo Contest, you (or your parent or guardian if you are under 18 years of age) are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions, as detailed after clicking the "Enter the Contest" button above. Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully and contact RMSP if you have any questions or concerns.
  7. Composite images are allowed, but you must be the legal copyright holder of each source image.
  8. Each entrant is allowed to submit up to five images per category.
  9. By submitting images to our contest, you agree to receive ongoing communications from us and our contest sponsors.
  10. By submitting images to our contest, you consent to RMSP and/or our contest sponsors using your images for promotion of the contest.
  11. Prizes are subject to change.
  12. Judges are subject to change.