Official Contest Rules

Patagon Journal announces the Fifth 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 who work for or volunteer with Patagon Journal.
Photos entered in the Nature, Travel & Culture, and Outdoor Sports categories must be images taken in Chilean or Argentine Patagonia. 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. This year, we also have a special Climate Change category that may include photos taken anywhere in the world. 
Nature: Wildlife; trees and plants; landscapes
; and marine environments from the coast and oceans to rivers and lakes.
Climate Change: The next few years will be decisive in whether humanity can avert the worst effects of climate change. Show us images of how climate change is already causing impacts; we also welcome photos of people and communities taking action to mitigate and slow global warming. 
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.
Each participant can submit 1 photo in each category. If you subscribe to Patagon Journal you can submit up to 4 photos in each category. The participant must be the creator of the image. All entries must be received by October 30, 2020, 23:59 p.m. (Chile time). We will announce the winners in December 2020. 
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. 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. 
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.
All photos must each include a title and brief description. 
Participants can submit their photos online through our Woobox contest platform here:
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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 be held during the final three weeks of November (Nov. 9 - 30). This year, Patagon Journal will select the 10 best photos in each category, and the public will then vote for their favorite among these photos. 

This year's panel of judges are:
     John Weller – A photographer, writer and filmmaker from Boulder, Colorado, John's photos ( have been featured in prestigious museums and galleries around the world and in publications such as Outdoor Photographer and National Geographic. In 2004, he co-founded the Last Ocean Project, a campaign to protect the Ross Sea of Antarctica. Currently, he is a lead storyteller for Sea Legacy (, a collective of photographers and filmmakers seeking to build a new ocean conservation movement. 
         Claudio Vidal – Claudio is co-founder of Far South Expeditions ( where he has been leading birding and nature tours and photo safaris throughout Patagonia, Chile and South America since 1997. Passionate about photography and botany, he is a co-author of more than 10 books, including the field guides Aves de Chile, Sus Islas Oceánicas y Península Antártica and Birds of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and Antarctic Peninsula
        Nicolás Piwonka – A professional photographer for more than 40 years, Nicolás has been featured in multiple expositions, worked as a scientific advisor and photographer for television programs in Chile such as the series La Tierra en que Vivimos, and has published numerous nature and landscape photography books. His most recent book is Patagonia: The Wild Side. Also a biologist, from 1994 to 2000 he helped create and lead Parque Ahuenco in Chiloe. 
       Chantal Henderson – A wildlife and landscape photographer from Australia, Chantal ( is also a chiropractor and trail runner and has been traveling annually to Patagonia since 2002 to photograph wildlife and nature. In 2004, she co-founded Punta Norte Orca Research ( in southern Argentina which researches the extraordinary behavior of orcas. She has also been a photographer for environmental groups such as Sea Shepherd and Tompkins Conservation.
            Romina Bottazzi – At just 6-years-old, Romina already had learned to dive and assist her father with the whale watching excursions that their family pioneered in Península Valdés. Today, she captains the boats and helps run Bottazzi Whale Watch (, and is also the founder and director of Fundación Protejamos Patagonia ( which carries out environmental education campaigns to protect the puma and other wildlife in Argentine Patagonia. 
      Pablo Valenzuela Vaillant – Especially passionate about abstract photography and minimalist landscapes, Pablo ( has been photographing Chile’s natural and cultural heritage since the early 1990s. His work is published in more than a dozen photo books, several of them focusing on Patagonia, and he is featured regularly in expositions each year. Pablo is also a contributing editor to Patagon Journal. 

We will award a first and second place winner for each category, three honorable mentions, and a Reader’s Choice award. Additionally, the Patagonia Photographer of the Year award will be given to the overall grand prize winner from among the 4 first place category winners.
PATAGONIA PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: The winner of the grand prize will receive a nature and photography trip for 6 days for 2 persons on the big island of Tierra del Fuego with Far South Expeditions exploring the rich history of the island, as well as its fascinating biodiversity and array of ecosystems. The trip includes accommodations at Hotel Don Rey Felipe (2 nights) in Punta Arenas. 
1ST PLACE: The winners in each of the 4 categories will receive a gift certificate of approx. 260 dollars (200 Chilean pesos) for use in the Patagonia stores of Chile. They will also get a pair of large-format photo books from Tompkins Conservation (Yendegaia National Park and Corcovado National Park) and the complete collection of magazines published by Patagon Journal (22 issues). 
2ND PLACE: The winners of second place in the 4 categories will receive a pair of high-quality sunglasses made by Karün that have been produced from recycled plastic materials gathered from the ocean. 
READERS CHOICE AWARD: The photo that receives the most votes by the public will receive a kayak and trekking trip on Chiloe Island for 2 days for 2 persons with the tour operator Chiloe Natural, as well as a stay for 2 persons for 2 nights at Ocio Territorial Hotel, a 5-star hotel near the city of Castro. 
1ST and 2ND PLACE, READERS CHOICE AWARD, HONORABLE MENTIONS: All first and second place winners, three honorable mentions, 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 5 days, we will select the next best photo 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 purpose, including, but not limited to, educational, promotional, publicity, exhibitions, books, online galleries, social networks or other 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. Participating photos in the contest may also be published by other media outlets or organizations for the purpose of promoting or reporting on the Contest. 
All entrants hold the Sponsors and their respective regents, directors, officers, employees, emeriti, fellows, interns, research associates, and volunteers (the “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from and against all claims of any nature arising in connection with entrant’s participation in the contest and acceptance or use of a prize. Patagon Journal reserves the right to disqualify or reject photos for any reason, or cancel or terminate the Contest for any reason. In the event of a dispute regarding the winners, Patagon Journal reserves the right to award or not award the prizes in its sole discretion. Patagon Journal reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to: inhibit the enjoyment of others; tamper with the competition; violate these rules or other applicable law or regulation; infringe on the rights of third parties; or act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.