Earth In Focus: A Celebration of Our Dynamic Planet

Winners will be notified by April 13th!

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Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Together with Photoville, Announce a Photo Contest to Celebrate Earth Day's 50th Anniversary

The contest invites artists – student, amateur, and professional alike – to submit their photography for the opportunity to be a part of the 2020 outdoor exhibition Earth in Focus: A Celebration of Our Dynamic Planet. The photographs will be displayed in large-scale photo cubes throughout the Bethel Woods campus , highlighting.  

Thank you to everyone who submitted their images.  The contest is now closed. Winners will be notified by April 13th.


Please note The Museum is closed until further notice.  Learn more here.

About The Jurors:

Alyssa Adams

Co-Founder & Exec. Director, The Eddie Adams Workshop

Alyssa Adams is a board member and treasurer of the Eddie Adams Workshop Organization, Inc. She and her late husband, Eddie Adams, co-created the event in 1988. Adams formerly was operations director of the Bathhouse Photo Rental Studio in New York City, a photo editor at TV Guide Magazine and Miramax Films and a graphic designer at Carbone Smolan.

Ruth Fremson

Photographer, The New York Times

Ruth Fremson is a photographer based in Seattle, where she covers the Pacific Northwest and national stories. Before Seattle, Ms. Fremson was based in New York but covered international news stories, including the second intifada in the Middle East, the attacks on the World Trade Center in Manhattan and their aftermath in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq. She traveled extensively in India over six years, working on stories about the rapidly developing country. In the United States she covered varied assignments; political campaigns, the 2002 Olympics and local stories.

In 2013, Ms. Fremson and the reporter Andrea Elliott documented the life of Dasani, a homeless child in New York. The "Invisible Child" series resulted in children being removed from shelters and measures put into place to improve conditions.

Kelby Hochreither

Student of photography, Bethel Woods program alumnus

Originally from Hawley, Pennsylvania, Kelby Hochreitheris a Penn State undergraduate student in the School of Visual Arts. Kelby is majoring in a Bachelor of Design in Professional Photography degree. Kelby is interested in creating portraiture and automotive photography, as well as commercial studio product photography.

Elliott Landy

Rock music photographer & Woodstock alumnus

Elliott Landy, born in 1942, began photographing the anti-Vietnam-war movement and the underground music culture in New York City in 1967. He photographed many of the underground rock and roll superstars, both backstage and onstage, from 1967 to 1969. His images of Bob Dylan and the Band, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Joan Baez, Van Morrison, Richie Havens, and many others documented the music scene during that classic rock and roll period which culminated with the 1969 Woodstock Festival, of which he was the official photographer.

Landy's photographs have been published worldwide for many years in all print mediums including the covers of Rolling Stone, Life, and the Saturday Evening Post, as well as album covers, calendars, and photographic book collections.

Jan Nagle

Program Manager, CPW: Center for Photography at Woodstock

Jan Nagle is a nationally exhibited multidisciplinary artist, writer, curator, and educator. Her work is held in several public and private collections, such as Light Work and The Burchfield Penney Art Center. She holds a BFA in Photography from SUNY New Paltz, and an MFA from SUNY Buffalo, and taught photography for many years, including full time faculty positions at Alfred University and Kendall College of Art and Design. She is currently Program Manager at The Center for Photography at Woodstock.

  • Terms and Conditions

    The sponsor of the “Earth in Focus” Photo Contest is Bethel Woods Center for the Arts ("Bethel Woods"), 200 Hurd Road, Bethel, New York 12720.



    The Contest has a deadline of March 11, 2020 at 11:59 pm PST (the Deadline). All entries must be received by the Final Entry Deadline.



    Contest is open to professional and amateur US and international photographers. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age as of the date of entry. UPI staff, judges, and their families are not eligible to enter the Contest. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.



    There is no fee to submit an entry to the Contest. Each entry must consist of no less than 2 and no more than 8 images.



    To enter electronically, please visit to register. Once the registration process has been completed, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. Simply log onto the website and follow the online instructions to upload images from your computer. Digital images should have a long dimension of at least 1,400 pixels. The image should be saved at 72 dpi, however 300 dpi is also acceptable. We can accept images that are up to 4 megabytes. Images may be color profiled in sRGB, Adobe-1998, or not color-managed.

    • You may enter any number of entries to the Contest.

    • No mail-in entry is available for this Contest.

    • Each Entry consists of an entry form and a series of images.

    • Each submitted photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph.

    • Photographs that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud, provided that entrants must be prepared to provide a release form as described below in "Third Party Releases/Licenses." When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close up of another person's art.

    • If the Photograph includes other people, you must be prepared to provide a signed written personal release from all persons who appear in the Photograph submitted, authorizing use of the Photograph as provided below in "Third Party Releases/Licenses." If you are unable to provide a personal release, upon request by Sponsor and in the form provided by Sponsor, then your entry may be disqualified. You do not need to send the release with your entry. If you win, we will contact you if a model release is needed.

    • The entries will be judged in accordance with the Judging Criteria, as defined below. The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsors, contain obscene, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Photographs deemed inappropriate will be disqualified.

    • On-line entries must be made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, internet domain owner, or other person or organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.



    • Contest consists of two (2) rounds of evaluation. In each round, a panel of experts in photography (the "Judges") will each review the entries and select a group of entries to proceed to the following round.
    • Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality and effectiveness in expressing the contest theme. Winners will be announced on this web site as well as on social media channels.
    • Decisions of the Sponsors and Judges are final and binding.
    • Sponsors reserve the right not to award all prizes in the event an insufficient number of eligible entries meeting the minimum judging criteria are received, as determined by Sponsors and Judges in their sole discretion.



    • By participating, ALL ENTRANTS grant Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, United Photo Industries and their designees, licensees or affiliates (the "Authorized Parties") the right to reproduce, distribute, display and post the entries online, and in promotions directly related to the “Earth in Focus” Photo Contest, so that audience members may view all competing entries.

    • By participating, each WINNER grants to the Authorized Parties a non-exclusive license for use of his/her winning entry in connection with the “Earth in Focus” Photo Contest and promotion of the “Earth in Focus” Photo Contest, including but not limited to print or digital publication and public exhibitions showcasing the winners. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.

    • If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.




    Winners authorize Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and United Photo Industries to reproduce, distribute, and display the photograph entry in connection with the “Earth in Focus” Photo Contest and promotion of the “Earth in Focus” Photo Contest, in any media including but not limited to: publication in the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts web site showcasing the winners, and in exhibits and promotions related to the “Earth in Focus” Photo Contest.


    By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, United Photo Industries, and each of their respective partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.

    Sponsors assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Sponsors are not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this Contest.



    This Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if the Sponsor determines the entry to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.

    Participants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final on all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if he/she wins that Sponsor may use each winner's name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except in Tennessee and where prohibited by law). All federal, state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize are/is ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.



    If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsors that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. If Sponsors elect to cancel or terminate the Contest, Sponsors will not retain any rights in the submitted photographs.


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