2nd Annual Aspen Photo Challenge: May 27 – June 10

The second annual Aspen Photo Challenge, presented by Aspen Chamber Resort Association in association with media partner Outside Magazine, is a two-week event taking place May 27-June 10. Fifteen Roaring Fork Valley professional photographers will compete in the Aspen Photo Challenge capturing the early summer season in Aspen. Photographers will compete by submitting five photographs in three categories (15 images total), shot during the given time frame in Aspen and its environs.

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Photographers and Judges

Following are the participating photographers:  Seth BecktonDirk BraunC2 Photography (Emily Chaplin and Chris Council), David CliffordJordan CuretJeremy JosephRobert MillmanBen MosconaShawn O’ConnorDevin PoolMatt PowerJeremy SwansonCraig TurpinDraper White and Kristin Wright

Judges for this year’s competition are Andrea Wallace, photo director at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, renowned photographer and visual storyteller Peter McBride, and Jakob Schiller, associate editor at Outside Magazine.

Aspen Photo Challenge Awards – Sunday, June 11

The Aspen Photo Challenge galleries of images will be displayed, and winners will be announced at the Aspen Photo Challenge Awards on Sunday, June 11 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the historic Wheeler Opera House. Complimentary beer and cocktails will be provided by Aspen Brewing Company and Woody Creek Distillers, for attendees ages 21 and over. The free event is open to the public.

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Aspen Photo Challenge – Crowd Favorite                                                                               

In addition to the judge’s selection, there will be a crowd-favorite prize, which will be selected by online voting.  The online contest will launch on Monday, June 12, at www.aspenchamber.org/aspenphotochallenge. The public is invited to vote for their favorite image every day, once a day until June 26. The winning image/photographer will be announced on ACRA’s social media channels (@AspenCo - Twitter and Instagram) and @VisitAspen (Facebook) on June 27.

Aspen Photo Challenge – Public and Under 18 User Generated Category

New this year, the Aspen Photo Challenge is adding two categories open to the general public. Any interested participant may enter by posting their personal photography taken in Aspen from May 27-June 10 on Instagram, and tagging their images with the hashtag #AspenPhotoChallenge (for those ages 18 and over) or #AspenPhotoChallenge18 (for those under the age of 18). The winner for the 18-and-over category will win a cash prize of $250, and the winner for the under-18 category will win a cash prize of $100. 

*Participants will be contacted via social media and will need to sign an online confirmation that the images were taken in the Aspen area, by them, and during the photo challenge dates.


For additional information on the Aspen Photo Challenge follow the Aspen Chamber on social media (Instagram and Twitter @AspenCO, Facebook @VisitAspen) and check out the Aspen Photo Challenge page online here