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Deadline: September 15, 2011
Winner is: Judged & Voted
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: $20


Natural Playground Photo Contest

logodrsmall Playgrounds come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re likely the first place your sense of adventure was tested . . . and further cultivated. For the outdoor aficionado, what first started as an obsession for see-saws, swing sets, slides, jungle gyms, and sandboxes, has since turned into an instinctive passion for adventure by means of a different type of playground — the natural playground.

Whether by trail, rock, water, snow or air, where has your obsession for adventure taken you? What’s your photographic definition of Living the Dream? Skiing or snowboarding in the Alps or at your local hill? Climbing in Thailand or at the backyard crag? Mountain Biking in British Columbia or on your neighborhood trails? Surfing pristine Tahiti barrels or a quiet home break? Kayaking through Patagonia or along your favorite coastline?

For those passionate about their adventure and their photography, show us the photographic moments you’ve captured that will inspire our next adventure . . . in The Natural Playground

Juror: Corey Rich

Corey Rich is a photographer, Filmmaker & Principal at Aurora Photos and one of the world’s most recognized adventure and outdoor lifestyle visual storytellers. He has captured stunning still photos and video on a wide array of assignments, including rock climbing in India, ultra-marathon racing in the Sahara Desert of Morocco, freight train hopping in the American West, and snowboarding in Papua New Guinea. His editorial work includes assignments for National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Sports Illustrated and The New York Times Magazine. Commercial clients include Anheuser-Busch, Apple, Nike and The North Face. Today, much of his time goes into capturing both still images and video for the creation of multimedia projects for commercial and editorial clients.

As Vice President and co-owner of Aurora Photos, Rich was the driving force behind founding Aurora’s Outdoor Collection, which is the world’s leading brand of outdoor adventure and outdoor lifestyle photography. Additionally, Rich is a Nikon evangelist and a member of the SanDisk Extreme Team. He is also on the Board of Directors for The Access Fund, member of the Visual Journalism Advisory Board at Brooks Institute, co-founder and lead instructor of the National Geographic Adventure Photography Workshop, member of the Rowell Legacy Committee and on The Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure judging panel. His first book, My Favorite Place: Great Athletes In The Great Outdoors, was published by Chronicle Books.

Juror: Justin Gural

Justin Gural is a marketing and communications freelancer with photography playing a prominent role throughout his commercial and editorial work. He approached us in the Fall of 2010, proposing to prepare and curate a juried gallery exhibit focusing on sports, adventure, travel and the outdoor lifestyle. A concept that relates directly with the active, local Vermont community, as well as the global adventure landscape, we’re excited to see “Natural Playgrounds” come to fruition.

As founder and director of Cortex Marketing Network, a full-service marketing and communications agency staffed by an influential group of freelancing professionals, Gural leads the network specializing in integrated brand strategy, design and creative, photo/video production, public relations and copywriting, and event management. He has spent nine years committed to industry-leading brands such as Burton Snowboards, Fuse Marketing, Eastern Mountain Sports, Gatorade/Pepsi Co., MasterCraft Boat Company, Bombardier Recreational Products, USA Swimming, Select Design and the Burlington Free Press.

Gural also leads the editorial team at, USA Today’s adventure sports, active travel and outdoor lifestyle website. He directs the website’s content flow, manages photography, writes and edits editorial features, as well as travels to unique destinations while documenting the adventure. He will be covering this exhibit on behalf of once it’s underway, including photo galleries of selected submissions as well as a “Viewfinder” photographer profile of the winning photographer.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: All selected entries are included in a full color exhibit catalog. Juror's Choice receives a 20x35" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image. We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes. Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs. ELIGIBILITY: All Photographers 18 + If younger, must have a parent or legal guardian make the submission Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Photographers retain all rights to their photographs. USAGE RIGHTS: Selected images may be used to promote the exhibition and for display on VPS website and for inclusion in an exhibit catalog.

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