Ernst Peterson “Photograph Montana” Contest & Exhibit

 Ernst Peterson Competition & Exhibit Peterson-website-header

The Ravalli County Museum is the repository for Ernst Peterson’s photograph collection and archives. We house an astounding 22,000 prints, slides, negatives and positives of his work.  We honor this privilege with the Ernst Peterson Photograph Montana Contest, which began as a way to raise funds to preserve and digitize this important historical collection.

A new theme will be chosen every year based on input from you! Join our Facebook group to provide feedback and let us know what YOU would like to see in upcoming years!

Special prizes will be awarded in yearly themed categories and ribbons will be awarded in all others, including a People’s Choice and Best in Show ribbons.

You may enter as Professional, Amateur, or Student (under 18) in the following categories:

This year’s theme is Iconic Re-creations: History Buffs & Shutterbugs:
How closely can you follow the style of Ernst Peterson, photographically re-create a DaVinci painting, or pose like Marilyn Monroe?  We’re looking forward to seeing how creative you can be with this year’s theme!  For inspiration on re-creating historic paintings, see what others have done here:  To try your hand at copying Peterson’s style, see examples of his work below.

Here are the other fun categories you can enter in:

An unusual image, taken from a perspective that helps you see something in a whole new way, such as an extreme closeup (macro) or an image that has been digitally manipulated. 

A pretty picture, idyllic in nature, such as buildings, flowers, vehicles, landscapes, skyscapes, rivers or lakes.

Humans are just people…..  really!  If your image is of a human(s), (portraiture, candid shots, etc.) it falls into this category.

Just as it sounds, folks.  Be it domestic or wild; any creature, great or small that is not human, goes in this category.

Beyond Montana
It is said that…
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust
Share with us what your eyes have seen and your camera has captured beyond the borders of this place we call home.

Submission Deadline: Thursday, January 17
Exhibit Opens: Thursday, January 31
Award Ceremony:  Thursday, March 21 at 6pm
Exhibit Closes: Thursday, April 11

To enter, download the contest application: Peterson form, 2018

About Ernst Peterson

ERNST PETERSON 1912 – 1991

Renowned photographer and Montana native son Ernst Peterson was a photographer with a far-reaching reputation. He has been featured in National Geographic, Field and Stream, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Colliers, The Saturday Evening Post, and Country Gentlemen. Major calendar companies sought his work, and corporations like Anaconda Company, Dow Chemical, and Montana Power Company used his photos for advertisements and year-end reports.

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Examples of Ernst Peterson’s Work:

000-0421-blossoms,-como-pks 000-0535-yellowstone-n.p.,-falls 000-0645-anaconda-smelter-stack 000-0675-inside-anaconda-smelter 000-0753-haystacking-using-a-beaverslide,-big-hole-valley,-mt 001-0193-tree-trunk 001-2009-moose,--raft 001-3006-hawk- 003-0535-boy-fishing-with-dog 003-0841-trapper-peak,-log 003-0846-trapper-peak-from-overlook 006-0402-sorting-apples 006-0436-skiing-lessons- 010-0022-bitterroot-flowers- 010-0050-girl-feeding-pony 010-0528-yellowstone-falls 010-0614-native-american-women-collecting-bitterroots 010-0622-lake-como-and-como-peaks 010-0874---rocky-mtn-lab 010-1260-sheepherder,-dog,sheep 010-1375-rainbow-near-blodgett-canyon 010-2463-mountain-goat-in-rocks snowcoach-and-inn,-yellowstone-np

The mission of the Ravalli County Museum & Historical Society is to acquire, preserve, protect and interpret the historical and cultural heritage of the Bitter Root Valley and its people.