Call for Work for Traveling Photographs Exhibition Celebrating Scenic Hudson's 50th

Call for Work for Traveling Photographs Exhibition Celebrating Scenic Hudson's 50th

ENTRY GUIDELINES (including rules, terms & conditions)

Scenic Hudson's call for photographers to submit work—to be reviewed for possible inclusion in a curated exhibition that will travel through the Hudson Valley during 2013—is open to all photographers, except employees of Scenic Hudson and the immediate families of such employees.


  • Send up to five jpegs of your work, each labeled with: your name, image title, exhibition category you are submitting to, date, medium and printed size.
  • E-mail to
  • Jpegs should be approximately 1 MB, roughly 5"x7" and no larger than 300 DPI.
  • Include your full contact information with your entry: name, mailing address, phone and e-mail.
Images should celebrate Scenic Hudson's work during the last half century, including environmental and conservation strides; the region's legendary beauty; and challenges that remain along the iconic river. The exhibition will be organized into five categories, determined by and in harmony with Scenic Hudson's mission and activities. The categories are detailed below.


  • All entries must be sent to: on or before 11:59 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.
  • If your work is selected for the traveling exhibition, you will be contacted by Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

Scenic Hudson reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.

Those selected will be given details and asked to supply high-resolution digital files. Scenic Hudson will professionally print and frame (20"x24") all selected images for the exhibition. Scenic Hudson will keep all display prints from the exhibition for its archives and to display at its offices and in select public venues. Scenic Hudson will not sell your work.


Images may be submitted for one of five categories. Photographers may make multiple submissions, but each photo must be entered into only one category. Judges reserve the right to move images from one category to the other based on eligibility.

  1. Inspiring Places to Experience Nature: Scenic Hudson has created a necklace of parks up and down the Hudson River. Featuring mountains, waterfalls, streams, ravines and Hudson shorelines, our parks can be found in urban, suburban and rural settings. The parks offer a world of adventure and rejuvenation close to home and are exciting places for all people to connect with the majesty and power of the Hudson and the lands along its shores. Today parks serve as the public face and front door of many waterfront communities. The river and its landscapes have inspired artists for generations, and these natural areas also protect and enhance ecological and historic treasures.
  2. Family Farms Bring Bounty to Our Tables: Scenic Hudson has preserved nearly 10,000 acres of agricultural lands. Farms are vital to life in our region, and their fresh products reach us even in city centers. Waving rows of corn, fields dotted with grazing cattle or horses, pick-your-own farms with families enjoying harvest fun, and a farmer aboard a tractor—these are some aspects of valley farms. Bustling farmers' markets, 4H kids with livestock at the county fair and restaurants boasting farm-fresh ingredients also contribute to a unique quality of life in the valley.
  3. Preservation and Transformation Along the Hudson: Scenic Hudson is helping lead a transformation of the Hudson's shores from an industrial legacy into a new era of revitalization as our riverfronts become a source of pride, jobs and fun. After decades of turning their backs to the river, now residents and communities crave connections with the Hudson. The blight of pollution and abandoned factories is giving way to a new tide as riverfronts are cleaned up and buildings are recycled with innovative uses. Families, singles, retirees and commuters are seeking desirable housing options, and businesses too are seeing opportunities amid a new vibrancy along the Hudson. A dilapidated railroad bridge becomes the remarkable Walkway Over the Hudson, a parking lot is removed to let a majestic Saw Mill River flow again through Yonkers, and a former junkyard is reborn as a 15-acre park with a new river center in Beacon.
  4. The Hudson as a Haven for Wildlife: Scenic Hudson is a leader in preserving and enhancing lands that protect wildlife and enhance the health of our ecosystem. The valley is an amazing ecological "mixing zone," where fresh waters meet salt and the mountains touch the sea. Just 12 percent of New York's land mass, the valley sustains 85 percent of the state's wildlife and is home to many critical habitats and breeding areas whose importance has been recognized by state and federal scientists. The area is home to 200 bird species—including 10 percent of the state's bald eagles during winter—and more than 200 fish species. Eagles, ospreys, falcons, turtles, salamanders, dragonflies, Atlantic sturgeon and American shad—the Hudson Valley is an ecological powerhouse.
  5. Facing the Future Scenic Hudson: has five decades of achievement with residents and other allies, but there's still work to be done. Signs warn people not to swim in certain areas of the Hudson and warnings are posted about how many fish can be eaten. Communities still lack places where people can reach the river's shore, and there's a need for more kayak launches or places to come ashore during a rowing adventure. Derelict industrial properties and oversized development mar the shoreline's beauty and create a barrier to enjoying the river. Outdated power plants drawing massive supplies of river water kill fish and damage the Hudson's delicate ecosystem. Huge residential projects can crowd our roads and schools while consuming more tax-based services than they pay for. Many communities, particularly urban ones, lack places to get fresh, healthy food, while too often family farms struggle or go under.

PLEASE NOTE: The number and specific collection of photographs may or may not change when the exhibition moves to various locations in the valley.

LEGAL CONDITIONS: Please be aware that if you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted and must be able to provide copies of those releases to Scenic Hudson upon request. Entrants must not submit images that infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person.

By responding to the exhibition's call for work, you hereby grant to Scenic Hudson (i) a nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute and publicly display the photographs you submit to Scenic Hudson, and (ii) the right to use your name and city of residence in promotions and other publications in conjunction with Scenic Hudson's 50th anniversary and activity related to the exhibition.

Participants agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Scenic Hudson, its respective subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents and representatives, from any and all third-party liability for any injuries, loss, claim, action, demand or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the exhibition (collectively, "Losses"), including without limitation any third-party claim for copyright infringement or a violation of an individual's right to privacy and/or publicity right. The exhibition's call for work is void where prohibited by law.

Each participant (each a "participant") is responsible for ensuring that he or she has the right to submit their work to the call for work per these rules.

You agree that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved with Scenic Hudson, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this call for work, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, before a court of competent jurisdiction located in New York State. IN ANY SUCH DISPUTE, PARTICIPANT SHALL NOT BE ENTITLED TO ANY PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ATTORNEYS' FEES, OR ANY DAMAGES OTHER THAN PARTICIPANT'S ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES (IF ANY) ASSOCIATED WITH PARTICIPATING IN THE CALL FOR WORK. YOU HEREBY WAIVE ANY RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR INCREASED. The call for work, exhibition and Scenic Hudson's Website are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied.

Scenic Hudson is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Website users or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the photo exhibition, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions to the exhibition, including but not limited to any misprints or typographical errors. Scenic Hudson assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. Scenic Hudson is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer equipment, servers, providers, computer on-line systems, software, or failure of e-mail on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Website, including injury or damage to participant's or to any other person's computer related t or resulting from participating or uploading images or information in the exhibition's call for work.

If, for any reason, the exhibition is not capable of completion as planned, including but not limited to, any reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of Scenic Hudson that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the exhibition, Scenic Hudson reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the exhibition.

QUESTIONS: Questions and inquiries about rules can be e-mailed to