Winners will be featured in the 2018 BLM Nevada Planner and BLM Nevada and TravelNevada social media channels, [Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr.] Winning photos and story will be a featured and promoted adventure on TravelNevada.com.

We’re seeking amazing photos that highlight the best of BLM Nevada’s lands and historical sites in these categories:

  • People exploring Nevada—Share photos of your favorite activities and adventures on BLM lands across Nevada. Whether that be volunteering, working, camping, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, kayaking, skiing, climbing or riding…you name your adventure. Don’t forget new people you may come across while exploring; capturing true Nevada characters in their own element will be considered as well.
  • Weird & Wild—Take a walk on the wild side with photos of Wildlife, Wilderness and Wildflowers!
  • Employee—BLM/TravelNevada employees can submit their photos for a special employee category.

To check out last year's Photo Contest winners visit our flickr page here: 2017 BLM NV & Travel Nevada photo contest winners


Where: All photos must be taken on the lands or within the facilities of the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada. The good news? A stunning 87 percent of Nevada is composed of BLM land, so the sky is the limit. Get creative with the unquantifiable opportunities that beg to be photographed in Nevada.

When: Photographs must be taken between January 1, 2016 and Sept. 15, 2018.

How: Submit photos via email to: blm_nv_socialmedia@blm.gov


  • BLM Nevada and TravelNevada assumes all rights to your photo once submission has been sent.
  • Only submit photos that you have personally taken
  • Anyone in the photo must know they are in the photo and must have given written consent to appear in the image.
  • Photo requirements
    • Must be formatted to JPEG
    • Please ensure that the photo is 300dpi or at least 5 MB or larger with a high resolution. [Winning photos must work in print.]
    • MUST have photo descriptions formatted as follows:
      • Image: Desert Tortoise
      • Location: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
      • BLM District [if known]: Southern Nevada District
      • Photographer: John Doe


  • BLM + TravelNevada
    • Along with your submission for 2018’s contest, BLM Nevada has partnered with TravelNevada. We are interested in hearing the journey you engaged in to capture the photo you’re submitting for consideration. In order to be considered, please accompany the following [in addition to your photo description] with your submission:
      • Tell us about how you captured the photo! In 250 words minimum, please help us understand what went into your photo experience by answering the following:
        • How long have you been a photographer? Are these the types of photos that you typically shoot, or is this going outside your comfort zone?
        • Describe the location. What was your experience like here? Have you been here before? If it’s not your first time here, why did you return? What do you like about the location?
        • Was your shot planned? If it was taken on a whim, describe how you managed to catch it. If it was planned out, what went into the planning? How did you capture such a beautiful shot?
        •  Describe the setting—take us into the photo experience with you. Smells, tastes, weather?
        •  Did anyone come with you on your photo adventure, or were you alone?
        • What settings did you use to capture the photo? [F-stop? Shutter? ISO? Remote cable release? Time Lapse?]

***Please note that there is no maximum word count. Feel free to make your photo experience description as long as you’d like, but please ensure that it’s at least 250 words minimum.


Photos will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Artistic Composition
  • Technical Quality
  • Photographic Technique
  • Whether the photograph showcases the best of BLM’s recreational opportunities
  • Adhering to photo guidelines and descriptions [mentioned above.]

Winners will be featured in the 2019 BLM Nevada /TravelNevada Planner!


  • Everyone at least 13 years of age or older as of May 1, 2018.
  • Photographs must be taken by you and you must have full rights to the photo.


What to DO

  • Enjoy your experience and share your photo and story with us!
  • Tell your friends
  • Share your submission on Facebook or Twitter using #MyPublicLands #TravelNevada @BLMNevada

What not to DO

  • Do not break any laws or rules on federal lands
  • Don’t do anything unsafe
  • Don’t photograph anything inappropriate, incidental or obscene!