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2021 Ghost Ranch Photo Contest Rules & Regulations

The Tenth Annual Ghost Ranch Calendar Photo Contest is now open. 

It is great fun viewing your images of Ghost Ranch landscapes and adventures. You are invited to enter your favorite photographs from your Ghost Ranch visit for inclusion in our 2021 Calendar. Magnificent sunsets bouncing off red cliffs, radiant smiles captured on a hike or trail ride or during a learning retreat, or a favorite space that brings peace and transformation, we invite you to submit these Ghost Ranch moments to our 2021 Calendar Photo Contest.

Both amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to submit images. Thirteen photographs will be selected based on how they convey the uniqueness of Ghost Ranch. Because this is a fundraiser to support the mission of Ghost Ranch, each photograph must be accompanied by a $25.00 tax-deductible donation. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. The contest is open to any individual with the exception of Ghost Ranch employees and governing board members. Families of staff, instructors and volunteers are welcome to submit entries.

One Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the thirteen photographs chosen for the calendar. This person will receive free registration to a 2021 Ghost Ranch workshop offering of their choice (communal lodging based upon double occupancy with meals) and ten free calendars. The other winners will each receive ten free calendars.

Photo Contest Rules, Terms, and Conditions

    • We suggest a $25 donation for each photo entry, an entry form, and a waiver/release form if a personal object or person is featured in the photo.
    • The number of entries per person is unlimited. Photographs without the necessary forms and releases will not be considered for judging.
    • Both Color and Black & White images are accepted.
    • Entries must be of Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Landscapes, interiors, people and animals at Ghost Ranch will be considered. Photos of Ghost Ranch past or present are welcome. Those that are definitely identifiable as Ghost Ranch are most likely to be winners. 
    • Online submissions are easily made on
    • Mailed entries: Please postmark by March 1, 2020, to make sure that they are included in the voting process. Online submissions will be accepted through March 15, 2020.
    • Mail to Ghost Ranch Calendar Contest, attn: Mary Martinez, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. Photos submitted by mail will be returned only if a self-addressed stamped envelope is provided by the entrant.
    • Each entry must be the work of the person submitting the photo.
    • Recognizable people in the photographs must be identified by name and include a release form signed by the individual or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or legal guardian. If personal animals or personal items, such as vintage vehicles, are included in the photos, releases for use from the owners must be available.
    • Selected photos will be cropped to fit an 8.5” x 11” calendar format. Please keep this in mind when selecting images. They must have a high resolution for printing at this size.
    • Image Format: Jpeg with compression at level 10 to 12 (high) at 300 DPI resolution. Please do not over-saturate the photos in photo editing software, if possible as they do not print well and are hard to color match. Files larger than 4 MB will not load. You may submit a low res file for judging. Winners will be asked to submit a high-resolution file of at least 300 dpi at 8.75 x 11.25 inches. Ghost Ranch reserves the right to disqualify contestants who are unable to provide a high-resolution file.
    • Please avoid using anything other than numbers or letters when labeling your photo, as other symbols and punctuation might impede the uploading process.
      • Please include your FirstLast name in the file name.    Example: DaveSmith_ChimneyRock
    • Photos may be digitally enhanced but must maintain the original integrity of the image. For example, physical elements (such as moon, horse, person) may not be added.
    • Photographs submitted will be used for the 2020 Calendar or future calendar contest promotions and follow the guidelines of our Creative Community. Your images once submitted to the contest are then considered part of the Creative Exchange policy found here.
    • The photographer/artist retains the copyright to all materials submitted, including ownership, if applicable. Published photographs will credit the photographer with “© Person’s Name” or “photo by” whenever possible.
    • This contest is subject to state, local and federal regulations. Certain restrictions may apply. Mailed submissions must be postmarked by midnight of April 15, 2020. If not received by April 30, they may not be included in the judging.
      • Last-minute entries are encouraged to submit online by April 30, 2020. 
  • Photos submitted remain the property of the photographer. Should you wish to use your photos for sale in any commercial way, we ask that you please contact Ghost Ranch at to determine commercial fee.

    Artist retains the copyright to all materials submitted, including ownership, if applicable. Published photographs will credit the photographer with “© Person’s Name” or “photo by”.


Revised 7/9/2019


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