Enter The 2021 Golden Lens Contest

August 2, 2020
Staff person fishing at sunset

Enter the 2021 J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe  Golden Lens Awards Photography Contest

You Could Win

  • A $150 cash prize for first place
  • A commemorative plaque
  • Acknowledgement in Camping Magazine
  • Recognition at the ACA National Conference

Photo Requirements

Send us no more than 10 of your favorite photos that depict the camp experience and represent the best practices in the field and accreditation standards.

We must receive an online photo release for each submission. Access ACA's online photo release.

(Note: ACA must be included on the permissions language of camp photo releases signed by parents. See the online photo release for a helpful example. Plan ahead and add ACA to your photo release language before taking all those great camp photos!)

  • Photos must be a TIFF or JPEG file and at least 300 dpi.
  • The winning photo will be featured on the cover of the May/June Camping Magazine, so for cover design considerations, please do not crop photos.

How to Submit

2021 contest submission deadline: November 9, 2020

Include with each submission: the photographer’s name, camp name, contact address, and phone number. Camps may submit multiple photos from multiple photographers, but please make sure to clearly designate the photographer of each photo. Please limit your submissions to 10 photographs per camp.

Email (preferred): magazine@ACAcamps.org

(Note: File sizes for photo entries may be very large. Sometimes, uploading photos to Dropbox or sharing over an FTP site might be the best way to submit photos electronically. If you would prefer to submit photos this way, please e-mail magazine@ACAcamps.org with instructions on how to access the files.)  

Mail: Camping Magazine
American Camp Association
5000 State Road 67 North
Martinsville, IN 46151-7902 

Past winners of the Golden Lens Award.