The submission period is now closed.

See all the submissions at our photo sharing website!

August in the Alaskan arctic brings vibrant autumn colors to the landscape. It envelops even our LTER field partners, who cross under the Alyeska Pipeline every day in order to access their field sites on the Kuparuk River. It is a dichotomy that reminds us of our dependence on these lands, as well as the urgency of good stewardship in this critical zone that we research. Photo taken on Dënéndeh, Gwich’in Nành, and Inupiat native lands. Site:Arctic LTER (Toolik Field Station) Photographer: Abigail Rec
A peak above and below the surface in the lagoon of Moorea during a day of research.Site: Moorea Coral ReefPhotographer: Kathryn Scafidi

Contest period runs from July 5-August 31

Highlight your LTER site and compete against other LTER researchers for prizes

Generate images for the LTER’s new photo sharing website!


Judging criteria is broadly focused on photos that highlight the unique research that occurs at LTER sites. From vast landscape to the small details of fieldwork, from immense machinery to the people that run them, we seek all photos that convey what LTER research is.


First, second, and third place prizes are awarded to the three photos that best capture life at an LTER site. An additional prize goes to the top graduate student submission that does not win a general prize.

First prize: DJI Osmo phone stabilizer
Second prize: Xenvo phone lens kit
Third Prize: JOBY Grip Tight tripod
Grad Prize: Xenvo phone lens kit

All winners will receive an LTER hat and a, 8×10 print of their winning photo!

Additionally, 5 random participants will win an 8×10 print of their submitted photo and an LTER hat!

Photo Usage

All photos uploaded in the photo contest are publicly viewable, downloadable, and available for use via a CC BY-SA 4.0 license. This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work (even commercially), as long as you are credited for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered, and is recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.