Ernst Peterson “Photograph Montana” Contest & Exhibit

26th Annual Ernst Peterson Contest



2019 Date To Be Announced

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.

We’re not holding the contest in 2018 so we can work on updating several key aspects of the competition and exhibit.  Be prepared for a fresh, new photograph contest and event, coming up in 2019.  Keep taking pictures though!  We will let you know the new event parameters and festivities for 2019 closer to the end of Fall, 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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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.