CSAR announces first annual photo contest

In Members by Anna Debattiste

Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Rescue Group

CSAR members, we are announcing a photo contest open to all levels of CSAR membership.  We’re looking forward to seeing some spectacular entries!  The top three winners in each category will go on CSAR’s website and social media channels with credit to the photographer and a cash prize.  Here are the categories and awards:

  • Best mission/training photo 
    • 1st place $100
    • 2nd place $30
    • 3rd place $20
  • Best interagency photo
    • 1st place $100
    • 2nd place $30
    • 3rd place $20
  • Best photo showing internal teamwork
    • 1st place $100
    • 2nd place $30
    • 3rd place $20
  • Entries are open from October 1 to October 31, 2021.  Winners will be announced by November 7th.
  • Entries may come from any level of CSAR membership, including SAR team member, sheriff’s office or associate member.
  • The photo should be fairly recent (in future we may run another contest for historical photos).
  • Each individual will be able to submit 1 entry per category, for a total of 3 submissions. 
  • The same photo can be submitted for no more than 2 categories. 
  • Participants will be required to submit a short blurb with each photo explaining the circumstances of the mission or event.
  • The contest will be judged by the IT committee chair Ben Wilson, media committee chair Anna DeBattiste, and Matthew Eric Lit, a Colorado-based professional photographer. Any voting ties will be broken by CSAR vice president Pat Caulfield.
  • Please submit via email to media@coloradosar.org.

Judging Criteria

  • Adherence/appropriateness to theme
  • Originality
  • Clarity of expression
  • Entertainment quality
  • Overall artistic impression
  • Audience appeal