Photo Contest & Exhibit

Theme — Visions of the Dynamic Landscape:
How Geology Tells the Stories of Planetary Change

Geologic processes have sculpted this planet for more than 4.5 billion years. Volcanoes erupt, magma chambers seethe, rivers erode, hillslopes fail, and faults shift the planetary playing field. This exhibition will feature images of places or processes that are important in understanding and witnessing the changing landscape, especially in the Pacific Northwest. The images exhibited should (a) show geology in all its glory and have scientific merit in depicting an active process or past dynamic landscape; and (b) have photographic and artistic merit. Both color and black-and-white photographs are eligible, and image size may be eight to 36 inches wide.

The submitted image must be accompanied by a 100–250-word description, including information on the geologic process(es) the image depicts. These descriptions will be posted alongside the photograph.

Images will be juried into the show by a nationally known nature photographer, a geologist, and an artist. We have room for a maximum of eight images in each of the following five categories. However, all submitted images will be considered for inclusion in a possible GSA volume/photo book aimed at the general public.

  • Pacific Northwest geology: The Pacific Northwest features one of the planet’s most dynamic landscapes. Images in this category should depict some aspect of present (Mount St. Helens, coastal waves, etc.) or past (faults, mountain ranges, erosional landforms, tsunamis) geologic activity in the area.
  • Abstract images: This may include maps, photomicrographs, images derived from scanning electron microscopy, etc., that capture some dynamic process (deformational offsets or zoning in minerals, for example).
  • Active geologic processes across the planet: Erupting volcanoes, floodwaters, active landslides, for example, especially in places not well known to the public or to geologists.
  • Past processes and events found in the geologic record: Images specific to processes or that depict a feature resulting from a specific process; for example, images of imbricated cobbles as bellwethers of ancient rivers, images of lava flows that represent ancient eruptions, etc.
  • Iconic landscapes of change and time: Iconic, commonly visited landscapes in national parks, monuments, or other public places that represent, or are part of, an important process. Examples: Yellowstone geysers, the Grand Canyon, Glacier National Monument, etc.

Please send .jpg files 1MB or smaller to Ellen Bishop via e-mail at . Photo files over 1MB should be sent on a CD to Oregon Paleo Lands Institute, Attention: Ellen Bishop, 333 Fourth Street, P.O. Box 104, Fossil, Oregon 97830, USA. Please send only .jpg files no larger than 4MB; 300 dpi is preferred.

A jury of three — a photographer, an artist, and a geologist — will select images for the show. If your image is selected for display by the local jury, you will be contacted and asked to send a print at final size (up to 24" × 36"), rolled, plus US$50.00 for local framing. We will mount the print in standard Plexiglas, with a single black mat, for display, along with the description provided. GSA participants will vote on favorite images, with a prize (TBD) awarded to the top two images in each category.


Initial submission: 15 August 2009

Final submission of juried selections: 15 September 2009


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