Official Contest Rules

Patagon Journal announces the Third Patagonia Photo Contest, a competition for people passionate about both Patagonia and photography. This is an international contest open to people from any country except individuals affiliated with Patagon Journal, including advisory board members and volunteers.
The geographical definition of Patagonia has diverging opinions. For the purpose of this contest, we have chosen the widest definition, which on the Chilean side begins with the Araucania region, and in Argentina begins south of the Rio Colorado; and in both countries ending in Tierra del Fuego. We have five categories this year: Nature, Environment, Travel & Culture, Outdoor Sports, and Instagram in Chilean or Argentine Patagonia. However, in the case of the Environment category, photos can be of anywhere on the planet. 
Nature: wildlife; trees and plants; landscapes

Environment: images that expose environmental threats and/or feature environmental solutions in Patagonia or elsewhere in the world. Images that build awareness and inspire protection of our planet's land, air, and water (both marine and freshwater ecosystems).  
Travel & Culture: images that reflect the region's unique history, culture and heritage. Images that capture a sense of place, showing the spirit and essence of Patagonia.

Outdoor Sports: people enjoying the great outdoors, such as fly fishing, climbing, trekking, biking, kayaking, and other diverse sports or activities.
Instagram: Any photographs from the other four categories taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet).
Each participant can submit 2 photos in each category. The participant must be the creator of the image. All entries must be received through by January 31, 2017, 23:59 p.m. (Chile time). We will announce the winners in March 2017. 
Photos should be submitted as jpegs and have at least 2000 pixels on the longest side of the image. If the participant's photo is selected as a winning photo or finalist, they must have access to a higher resolution version for printing.
Before sending the photo files, each image should be renamed with the category and the photographer's last name. (nature, environment, travel, outdoors) Ex: outdoors_perez_2, if the photo is the second of two photos in the outdoors category.
Digitally enhanced photos are acceptable as long as the final image is real and not a composite of separately taken photos. Photos must not include the photographer's watermark. 
Participants can submit their photos online through our Woobox contest platform here:
For the Instagram category, participants should upload their images via Instagram with the hashtag #3concursopatagon and include a caption for the photo. 
Photos will be judged based on content, composition, and originality.  Patagon Journal’s staff will pre-select the photos each week, and they will be published daily on our website and Facebook page. Our panel of judges will decide the overall winning photos.
A public voting period for the Readers Choice Award will begin February 3, 2017, at 12:00 a.m. (Chile time) and end February 19, 2017, at 23:59 p.m. (Chile time). 

This year’s panel includes:
Celine Frers - An Argentine photographer from Buenos Aires, Frers ( has a degree in photography from the New York Institute of Photography. Over the past decade her work has been focused on still photography, making fine art photographs for diverse clients and expositions in Argentina, Europe and the United States. Her photo books so far include Colors de Corrientes, Cielos Patagonicos, and Land of Gauchos. 
Brian O'Keefe – One of the world’s top fly fishing photographers, O’Keefe ( is co-founder of Catch Magazine ( Based in Oregon, he has been a fly fishing guide, instructor, and fishing tackle rep and for more than two decades photographed around the globe for international media such as Fly FishermanFly Rod & Reel, Field & Stream, and Los Angeles Times

Pablo Valenzuela - Not long after getting his civil engineering degree at Chile’s Catholic University, Valenzuela ( instead opted to work full-time photographing Chile’s natural and cultural heritage, publishing the first of his nine photo books in 1993. Passionate about abstract photography, his most recent book, Patagonia, shows the region through minimalist landscapes.

We will choose a first and second place winner for each category, and three honorable mentions from any of the categories.  Additionally, we will choose an overall grand prize winner from the 4 first place category winners.
GRAND PRIZE: The grand prize winner will receive a trip for 3 days and 2 nights with Chile Nativo to go trekking in winter in Torres del Paine National Park. They will also receive 2 nights for 2 persons at Hotel Remota in nearby Puerto Natales, and a trip for 2 on the Navimag cruise ship, Puerto Montt - Puerto Natales or Puerto Natales - Puerto Montt. 
1ST PLACE: The 4 first place winners in each category will receive a gift certificate of approx. 225 dollars for use in the Patagonia stores of Chile. 
2ND PLACE: The winners of second place in the 4 categories will receive sunglasses from Karün.
READERS CHOICE AWARD: The Reader’s Choice award winner will receive a trip for 2 persons for 2 nights from Tompkins Conservation for a stay at their lodge in Valle Chacabuco of Patagonia Park
1ST and 2ND PLACE, READERS CHOICE AWARD, HONORABLE MENTIONS: All first and second place images, three honorable mentions, and the Reader’s Choice winner, will be printed for photo expositions, a commemorative book, and a future edition of the magazine, as well as receive a print and digital subscription (4 issues) to Patagon Journal. 

INSTAGRAM AWARD: The winner of the best photo on Instagram will receive a premium pack from Patagon Journal, including the entire collection of the magazine, a t-shirt, sticker, postcards, and a print and digital subscription (4 issues).
We will notify winners by email. If we do not receive a response within one week, we will select the next best photos in succession until the prize is claimed.
By submitting a photo, the contestant retains his/her ownership and copyright.
Contestants grant Patagon Journal, however, a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of their entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, and all other standard Patagon Journal purposes. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. Patagon Journal will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses. All participating photos may also be published by other media outlets or organizations for the purpose of promoting or reporting on the Contest. That said, non-exclusive implies that the photographer may market the image as they see fit. Patagon Journal does not restrict their future sales of the image. 
Patagon Journal reserves the right to disqualify or reject photos for any reason, or cancel or terminate the Contest for any reason.