To honor Earth Science Week 2007 (Oct. 14-20)

Photography Contest

"Discovering the Upper Peninsulas Natural Treasures"

About the Contest

NMU Rock and Mineral club is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2007. The photography theme for this year is: "Discovering the Upper Peninsulas Natural Treasures"

Please see below for contest guidelines.

Contest Guidelines

Who can enter?

The photography contest is open to amateur photographers of any age. You must be a resident of the United States to enter.

What is the subject of the photograph?

Your photograph should focus on the topic: "Discovering the Upper Peninsulas Natural Treasures". The photo must have been taken in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Earth science is all around us. Many aspects of earth science get overlooked in our day-to-day lives - driving down the highway, walking along the street, and even in your own backyard. Earth science includes geology, shoreline processes, meteorology, rock and mineral types, natural hazards, water resources, energy, and more! What unique things have you seen in the U.P.? What aspects of Earth science are most interesting to you? Be creative!

What do I need to submit?

You may submit up to 3 entries. A valid submission will contain the following information:

1. A photograph focusing on the topic "Discovering the Upper Peninsulas Natural Treasures" Each photograph must be original, authentic, unpublished, the sole property of the entrant, and not previously submitted in any other contest.

2. Your personal information and a brief one- to two-sentence caption explaining your entry, printed on the back of the photograph or included with your electronic entry

First and last name
Phone number
E-mail address
Caption explaining your entry including place and date

3. A completed entry form. Print out the entry form here and mail it to us with your photograph. NOTE: If a person under the age of 18 appears in the photograph, the parental consent line on the entry form must be signed by the child's parent or guardian.

How should I submit my photograph?

Submissions may be sent electronically or mailed.

Electronic submissions must be sent to with the subject heading as "ESW 2007 Photography Contest." Electronic submissions must be at least 3.0 megapixels or 300dpi. Photos must be at least 4 by 6.

All mailed submissions must be sent to:

NMU Rock and Mineral Club

3001 New Science Facility

Northern Michigan University

Marquette, MI 49855

IMPORTANT: If you send your photograph electronically, you must still submit a completed and signed entry form. You may mail the form separately to the address above, or scan the completed form and send it electronically along with your photograph. If you mail the entry form separately, please indicate WHEN you sent your photograph electronically.

If you have any problems submitting your photograph, please e-mail the NMU RMC at

When is the deadline?

All eligible submissions must be postmarked or received electronically by 5 p.m. EST, Wednesday, November 14, 2007.

How will the photographs be judged?

The photographs will be judged by a panel of NMU RMC members and NMU faculty on creativity and relevance to and incorporation of the topic.

What are the prizes?

The winner will receive a prize of $100 cash. Second and third prize winners will receive a collectors quality mineral specimen. All winning photographs will be posted on the NMU RMC Contest web site. Winning photos will also be displayed on the NMU campus. The winner's and finalists' names will be posted on the NMU RMC contest web site and posted on campus. All other expenses not stated are the sole responsibility of the winners. No substitution for prizes will be permitted and prizes are nontransferable

Disclaimer: By submitting an entry, an entrant agrees to allow the NMU RMC to use his or her name to post on the NMU and RMC web site, without compensation unless prohibited. NMU RMC and Northern Michigan University reserves the right to edit, modify, adapt, copyright, publish, use, and reproduce any and all entries without further compensation. The NMU RMC and Northern Michigan University, its agents and contractor, are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or postage-due entries. Contest void where prohibited or restricted by law.