Call For Submissions: Five Valleys Photo Contest Now Open

Are you a photographer with a love of western Montana's open lands? We want you!

Five Valleys Land Trust will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022. To help honor this legacy, Five Valleys and our friends Geoff Sutton, Michael Gallacher, and Marcy James are presenting and facilitating a photo contest to celebrate the community open spaces and public lands that Five Valleys has helped to protect over our long history.

The winning photos will be showcased in a gallery open house event in late September, for National Public Lands Day. The 12 winning shots will also be featured in a Five Valleys 50th anniversary commemorative calendar. Help showcase the breathtaking landscape of western Montana, feature our community's connection to the open lands, rivers, and trails that we depend upon, and share your talents with a broad swath of our community while you support conservation.


Submission Deadline: August 15th, 2021

Each photographer can enter up to 3 high resolution photographs for consideration. Photos must depict one of the properties, waterways, or regions that Five Valleys has helped to protect.

Twelve submissions will be selected to be featured in a Five Valleys Land Trust 50th Anniversary commemorative calendar.

The 12 winners will each receive a $100 honorarium.

Community members will have the opportunity to purchase prints of the winning photos, printed by Paper & Ink, with proceeds going to support Five Valleys. Distribution rights to the 12 winning photographs will be held by Five Valleys (while acknowledging the photographer) to help support future conservation efforts and communications.


Five Valleys has helped to protect over 95,000 acres across western Montana. Public access or community open space properties that will be considered for submissions include:

Missoula area:

• Clark Fork Riverfront Trail/Kim Williams Trail

• Jacob’s Island

• Rattlesnake Greenway

• Pineview Park

• Kelly Island

• Bugbee Preserve/Tom Green Park

• Mount Jumbo

• Mount Sentinel

• North Hills/Waterworks Hill

• Moon-Randolph Homestead

• Marshall Mountain

• Mount Dean Stone

Outside Missoula:

• Rock Creek Confluence

• Lincoln Community River Park

• Rock Creek (generally)

• Clark Fork River (generally)

• Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area

• Primm Meadow

• Bearmouth Fishing Access

• Alberton Gorge

• Route of the Hiawatha and Route of the Olympian Trails

• Travelers Rest State Park

• Fish Creek WMA

• Jocko Road Trail

• Beacon Hill Trail (Peterson Angus Ranch)


• Potomac Valley (around Potomac)

• Woodworth Meadows (South of Seeley Lake)

• Flint Creek Valley (between Drummond and Philipsburg)

• Grass Valley (between Missoula and Huson)

Rules and Submission Instructions

Only high-quality, minimally edited or enhanced photos will be considered. Professional equipment encouraged. Mirrorless cameras in addition to DSLR's will be accepted.

Photos must have been taken in either 2019, 2020 or 2021. To honor our already-beautiful landscape, submissions would ideally be manipulation-free, but very minimally manipulated submissions will be accepted.

Photos of national parks, state parks, national forests, or other public lands that Five Valleys has not helped to protect or steward will not be considered. Trespassing on private property will not be tolerated.

Entries must be uploaded via Hightail (see below). Submissions sent via email will not be considered.

File Requirements:

File type: JPEG
File size: 16x24 at 300dpi
File name: last name_first name_number
    i.e. james_marcy_1

*Important note: If you do not name your files according to the above example, we will not be able to accept your submission. This is how we will know the image belongs to you.

How to upload via Hightail:

1. Name your file(s) according the requirements above.

2. Click here to enter our Hightail space.

3. Drag or add file(s) from computer into the upload area

4. Fill in your name and email, and a message including a) where the photo was taken and b) when the photo was taken, and any other information that we may need to know.

Please direct questions to Geoff Sutton or Michael Gallacher at

Partners and Presenters

We at Five Valleys are honored to be working with local, world-renown photographers Geoff Sutton and Michael Gallagher, and the talented Marcy James at Paper & Ink to present our photo contest.

Geoff Sutton

Geoffrey Sutton is a national recognized business leader of the arts, having worked in the visual arts field since 1976. As a professional photographer, Geoff's work has appeared in Newsweek, Parade, The New York Times, USA Today and on the cover of two-dozen magazines. As owner of SuttonWest gallery he has represented many nationally recognized artist and curated over 200 exhibits. Sutton also curated exhibits of regional artist in Ireland, New Zealand, Italy, China, Panama, and Chile. He works now as a micro business developer with artist and non-profits.

Michael Gallacher

Michael Gallacher has lived and worked in western Montana for over 40 years. For 35 of those years he was a staff photographer for the Missoulian newspaper in Missoula. In 1985 he signed with Gamma Liaison Network Agency and was a stock and assignment photographer with them until they sold to Tony Stone Agency. He later worked with Getty Images. His work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Outside, Sunset, Runners World, Outdoor Life and Forbes Magazines, to name a few. Gallacher lives in Missoula, Montana where he enjoys hiking many of the wild areas set aside thanks to the efforts of conservation organizations like Five Valleys Land Trust.

Marcy James, Owner, Paper & Ink Studio

Paper & Ink Studio, based in Missoula, Montana, is a Fine Art Printing Company that offers brick & mortar as well as online printing services nationally and internationally to artists and photographers, both professional and enthusiast. We also work with gallerists, commercial clients and non-profits to help bring their creative (small and large scale) projects to life. We understand that behind every creation is a creator, and that every piece is personal. Whether you are an individual artist or a commercial enterprise, when you trust Paper & Ink Studio with your project, you have their full attention.

Please direct questions to Geoff Sutton or Michael Gallacher at

Header photo of runners on Mount Jumbo by Aaron Teasdale


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