Ernst Peterson “Photograph Montana” Competition & Exhibit

26th Annual Ernst Peterson Contest

Submission Deadline is January 17, 2019

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 (click images to view).

Here are the other fun categories you can enter in:

  • Idiosyncratic
  • Scenic
  • Humans
  • Animals
  • Beyond Montana

For more information or to enter, download the contest application: Peterson form – 2019

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!

Important Dates:

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

About Ernst Peterson

Photographer Ernst PetersonRenowned photographer and Montana native son Ernst Peterson had a far-reaching reputation who’s photographic works were 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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