Photo Contest



This is your chance to see your photos hung at Base Camp Brewing Company AND to potentially win a $250 gift card to Pro Photo supply.


Dates: Contest is open from Oct. 1–Oct. 31.

Portland Alpine Fest (PAF) and Friends of Outdoor School’s Photo of the Year (POTY) are joining forces this year to bring you one great photo contest! POTY has a 14-year history of supporting Outdoor School and the folks at PAF are also huge supporters of this program. What better way to support Outdoor School than to combine our efforts? Our three categories offer something for all the amateur photographers out there. Take a trip back through your last year in photos, and send the best of the best our way!

Categories & Prizes

There will be five prizes awarded. One for each category ($250 gift card from Pro Photo Supply), one Audience Favorite ($100 gift card from Pro Photo Supply) and one Grand Prize ($250 gift card from Pro Photo Supply & Olympus Tough TG-Tracker camera (valued at $350)). Prizes will be awarded at The Summit, on Nov. 19 at Revolution Hall.

Action & Adventure
Share your significant moments of action and adventure in the outdoors from the past year. Ice climbing, rock climbing, mountaineering, ski mountaineering, mountain running, and so much more! Show us your most powerful images of action and adventure!

The Scenic Outdoors
The splendor of our outdoor world is limitless—the night sky, gently cascading waterfalls, stunning rivers—we want to see your best shots!
Friends of Outdoor School
Plants, animals, soil, water… friends, mentors, science, wonder Experiences at Outdoor School can inspire a lifetime of finding fulfillment in the outdoors. Entries into this category show images inspired by what Outdoor School means to you! (they do not need to have been taken at Outdoor School)

Contest Judges

tim_kemple_webTim Kemple: As one of the founders and directors at Camp4 Collective Tim Kemple has been on the cutting edge of image capture since he first starting shooting photos in high school. Behind the lens he has captured global campaigns for The North Face, Columbia Sportswear, New Holland, Mitsubishi, Ram Trucks, and Red Bull. His technical abilities with a camera, combined with his fine artistic eye are a unique blend that only comes from decades of experience.

Claudia Mein: Claudia Ziegler chief focus in photography is on outdoor sports such as climbing, skiing, canyoning, paragliding, base jumping, kayaking etc. Her individual style expresses the constant tensions between the activity she is shooting, the naturalness of the environment and the originality claudia_mein_webshe brings to her images. She is in a constant quest for the most interesting light and atmospheric conditions, means experiencing moments of beauty, drama and, above all, intensity.

Her images are used in catalogues for international companies as Salewa, Jack Wolfskin, Ice Peak and Edelrid ect. and are featured regularly in magazine publications throughout the world.

In her book The Young Savages she presents a highly revealing up close and personal look at the young rock stars of climbing. Packed with marvelous large-format photographs, this book tells the backstory of some of the world’s top young adult and teenage climbers, known for pushing the limits and occasionally causing a stir with their incredible ascents.

john-wallerJohn Waller: Founder of Uncage the Soul Productions, John has spent over two decades producing, directing and editing for various commercial shorts and award-winning adventure documentaries. As former Board President of “Photo of the Year” and instructor at NW Documentary, John thrives on giving back to the community and encouraging future generations of creators and explorers. Whether it’s producing a project, standing behind the camera, nestled in the editing studio, or exploring in the Oregon backcountry, John is ready to welcome the next creative adventure.

Duane Raleigh, publisher and editor in chief or Rock & Ice Magazine, has climbed for 45 years and worked in publishing for 25. He is author of hundreds of routes in areas from Yosemite to the Fisher Towers to southern duane_raleigh_webTexas, and has climbed worldwide. He is a former member of Yosemite Search and Rescue, the author of four books including the National Outdoor Book Award-winning Knots and Slings for Climbers, a former columnist for Sports Afield, and winner of the 2013 American Alpine Club Literary Award. Most recently, with John Long, he edited Yosemite, The Iron Age, published by Patagonia Books.

Freda Sherburne:As an Environmental Educator for more than 35 years, primarily for MESD’s Outdoor School program and Metro regional government, Freda has been dedicated to helping students understand how their everyday actions impact the natural environment. fred_webRecently retired, she now volunteers for Mazamas Mountain Science School, as a naturalist for Metro Regional Parks programs and for the Gray Family Foundation Environmental Education and Geography Education grants programs.

Freda is a strong supporter of Outdoor School and donor to Friends of ODS. She has been a judge for Outdoor School’s Photo of the Year contest since 2013. As an amateur photographer, she enjoys making photos of friends and outdoor adventures and has several Photo of the Year winners hanging on her walls at home.

She has been a member of the Mazamas since 1993

lafcadioLafcadio Adams:Lafcadio Adams is an Outdoor School employee, working as a field instructor for 28 sessions an now at the Multnomah ESD Outdoor School office. Her father was a high school photography teacher (among other subjects), so she spent her childhood in small dark spaces sniffing chemicals, while also learning the fundamentals of composition, exposure, contrast, depth of field, filters, bracketing, and patience. She especially enjoys macro nature shots. This is her sixth year as a Photo of the Year judge. View her photography:

Matt Zaffino: Matt Zaffino is the Chief Meteorologist at KGW News and he’s the only person that’s ever done a live television screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-1-00-12-pmbroadcast from the top of Mt Hood. He has a great love of the outdoor—Zaffino views the sky as one of the last great wildernesses and loves being out in the weather as much as he does forecasting it. He is an avid back-country skier and mountaineer.