Official Contest Rules

Patagon Journal announces the Fourth Patagonia Photo Contest, a competition for people passionate about Patagonia, nature conservation, the outdoors, 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 ends in Tierra del Fuego. Photos entered in all five categories - Nature, Environment, Travel & Culture, Outdoor Sports, and Instagram - must be images from Chilean or Argentine Patagonia. 
Nature: Wildlife; trees and plants; landscapes

Environment: Our national parks. Show us why the parks of Patagonia are so invaluable in protecting our cultural heritage, biodiversity, and unique ecosystems. 
Travel & Culture: 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 (smartphone 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 by November 5, 2018, 23:59 p.m. (Chile time). We will announce the winners in December 2018. (We have postponed the annoucement of the official winners, it will be in January 2019). 
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 #4concursopatagon 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, Facebook page, and Instagram page. Our panel of judges will decide the overall winning photos.
A public voting period for the Readers Choice Award will begin November 12, 2018, at 12:00 a.m. (Chile time) and end November 25, 2018, at 23:59 p.m. (Chile time). 

This year's panel of judges are:
Chris Burkard - An extraordinary outdoor, adventure and surf photographer, Burkard ( is one of the world's most renowned photographers, with more than 3 million followers on Instagram. Just 32 years old, among other things, the Californian works regularly on global campaigns for corporate clients such as Apple, Nikon, Toyota, and Patagonia, has published seven books, and recently directed and filmed the acclaimed documentary Under an Arctic Sky
Jorge Cazenave – A leading wildlife photographer for more than three decades in South America, Cazenave ( has worked with, among others, the BBC and Televisa, leads photography expeditions for Wild South Photography (, and is a researcher with Punta Norte Orca Research in Península Valdés, Argentina.
Bridget Besaw – An environmental photographer and documentarian, Besaw ( has won numerous awards for her photos in publications such as TimeForbesFortune, and The New York Times. Based in the U.S., she is director of Seedlight Pictures (, directing and producing numerous short films for environmental NGOs, and has published two photography books, Wildness Within Wildness Without and From the Land.
Jean Paul de la Harpe – One of Chile's most prolific nature photographers, Jean Paul is a biologist, director of Abtao (, which offers photography expeditions, courses, and workshops, and founder of Chile Indómito (, a digital magazine about Chilean nature. His work has also been featured in several magazines, calendars and four photo books. 
Pablo Valenzuela Vaillant – One of Chile's top photographers, Pablo ( has been photographing Chile’s natural and cultural heritage since the early 1990s, with his work featured in more than a dozen photo books and regular expositions held every year throughout the country. Passionate about abstract photography and minimalist landscapes, he is set to publish two new photo books about Patagonia later this year. 

We will award a first and second place winner for each category, three honorable mentions, an Instagram prize, and a Reader’s Choice award. Additionally, we will award an overall grand prize winner from among the 4 first place category winners.
GRAND PRIZE: A trip for 5 nights/6 days, for 2 persons with Cruce Andino, sailing through the Andean mountain range across three beautiful lakes, from Puerto Varas in Chile, to San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina and vice versa. The trip includes overnight stays at Petrohue Lodge, Puerto Blest, Hotel Llao Llao (2 nights), and Hotel Natura
1ST PLACE: The winners of the 4 categories will receive a gift certificate of 200,000 chilean pesos (approx. 300 dollars) for use in the Patagonia stores of Chile. Also, a set of large-format photo books from Tompkins Conservation (25 years Tompkins Conservation, Yendegaia National Park, Corcovado National Park).
2ND PLACE: The winners of second place in the 4 categories will receive F-stop camera bags, courtesy of the Cuarto Digital store. As well, participation in a one-day photography workshop in Chile with Abtao
READERS CHOICE AWARD: The wining photo, as decided by public vote, will receive 2 days/nights for 2 persons with Expedicion Fitz Roy on a whale watching trip in the Strait of Magellan. Additionally, lodging for 2 nights for 2 persons at Hotel Jose Nogueira in Punta Arenas. 
1ST and 2ND PLACE, READERS CHOICE AWARD, HONORABLE MENTIONS: All first and second place winners, three honorable mentions, the Instagram prize winner, and the Reader’s Choice award winner, will be printed for expositions in Chile and Argentina. Additionally, they will receive a copy of the official photo contest book and a subscription (print + digital) to the magazine. 
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.