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Friluftsliving Photo Contest (Ends May 5th)

Friluftsliving Photo Contest (Ends May 5th)

Friluftsliving (pronounced free-loofts-liv) literally translates to “free air life”. This photo contest will require you to explore the outdoors.  This contest is open to all current NU students of all skill levels and ages. The contest runs from March 15 to May 5, 2021.

We are seeking digital photographs of your enjoyment of nature, as well as those that highlight the beauty and diversity of wildlife, plant life, and landscapes.

Each entrant may enter a maximum of 3 photographs. Photos may have been taken at any time prior to or during the contest.

Images submitted must not be obtained by harassment or disturbance of wildlife, damage to the environment or wildlife by the photographer, or infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person. This includes relocating and disturbing nests, feeding wildlife, and handling wildlife.


We want to see your best shots of your enjoyment of the outdoors. This can be of animals, plants, birds, or landscapes. Note: A signed release from any recognizable people in your images is required, and you must be able to provide copies of those releases to NU Library upon request. Don't want to deal with this? Please do not post images of humans. 


Screen Captures

Please submit the original photo. Any screen captures of images will not be accepted, including screen captures of images from social media platforms.

Digital Alterations

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization may not be entered. Standard optimization is defined as removal of dust, cropping, minor adjustments to color and contrast, etc. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single "High Dynamic Range" image are acceptable.

Image Size

Because we would love to be able to feature the winning photos in person and online, we ask that you use the highest setting on your camera. Entries should have a resolution of at least 2272 x 1704 pixels (ie 4 megapixels or greater). Resolution can be bigger as long as the total file size does not exceed 15 MB.

File Type

Entries must be in JPEG format.

Entries may originate in any format, including—but not limited to—digital files, digital prints, slides, transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints; however they must be submitted electronically via email. 

When to Enter 

The contest runs from March 15 to May 5, 2021.



First place winner will be awarded a $25 Amazon gift card, second place will win a $15 gift card, and third will be awarded with a $10 gift card. All images will be displayed in NU Library. 


Winners will be selected by a panel of NU staff based on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. Judges shall determine eligibility with sole and absolute discretion. Judges have the right to move photos from one category to another. All decisions made by the judges are final.

How to Enter 

Each entrant may enter a maximum of 3 photographs. These photos can be in any of the categories. They can be entered at the same time, or over the course of the contest. All submissions, regardless of original format, must be submitted to mlangridge@niagara.edu with the subject line "Photo Contest Submission". Please include your name, email address, title of photo, date taken, and Instagram handle in the email.


By entering the photo contest, you hereby grant to NU Library (i) non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable publication rights for your photos in all NU Library publicity materials, print or electronic, and the right to use your name on our marketing platforms. This includes the right to use your photos on our website, in print and electronic advertisements and promotions. All photographs will be credited with the caption "© Person's Name."

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
9:00am - 9:30am
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)

Event Organizer

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Melissa Langridge