Photo Contest

Butterfly Biosphere Photo Contest


Submit a favorite image, taken at the biosphere, and be featured in our upcoming art gallery!

When guests visit the Butterfly Biosphere, they're often surprised at how difficult butterflies are to photograph, which makes amazing photographs all the more spectacular! We want to see your amazing photos - and you have a chance for them to be displayed at the Butterfly Biosphere AND win awesome prizes! Find more information and submit your photos below.

The Butterfly Biosphere Photo Exhibit will open in July of 2021. 


The Butterfly Biosphere Photo Contest is now closed.


Thanksgiving Point’s Butterfly Biosphere Photo contest begins on June 1, 2021 and ends on June 30, 2021. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules, terms and conditions of the contest listed below.

Who may enter:
The Butterfly Biosphere photo contest is open to the general public. Thanksgiving Point Team Members are welcome to participate but are unable to win prizes.

What to enter:

  • All entries should be photographs taken at the Butterfly Biosphere or contain subject matter that highlights the significance of invertebrates in the natural world. 
  • Each entrant certifies that he/she is the sole creator and copyright owner of the submitted photograph.
  • Except for minor adjustments, such as cropping, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast, toning, slight color adjustment and conversion to grayscale, digitally altered, enhanced, or composed photos will not be accepted.
    For a photo in which a person is recognizable, a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian, must be submitted with the photograph. 
  • Photos that violate or infringe upon another person's rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible.
  • Photos that contain objectionable or inappropriate content, as determined by the Thanksgiving Point in its sole discretion, will not be accepted.

How to Enter:

  • Please submit photographs and requested information online through our website by filling out the form on this page. We will not accept photographs submitted through the mail.
  • High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable. Digital photographs should not exceed 10MB in size.
  • You may submit up to 3 photographs. You must complete a separate entry form for each photo submitted.
  • Thanksgiving Point may collect a photograph’s metadata upon entry.
  • You retain your rights to your photograph; however, by entering the contest, you grant Thanksgiving Point Institute (and those authorized by Thanksgiving Point) a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising, promotion, exhibition, and commercial products.
  • Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. Thanksgiving Point will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

Entry deadline:
The contest begins on June 1, 2021. All entries must be received through Thanksgiving by 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time on June 30, 2021.


Conditions of Entry:

  • All entrants hold Thanksgiving Point Institute and their respective employees, interns, associates, and volunteers (the “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from and against all claims of any nature arising in connection with entrant’s participation in the contest and acceptance or use of a prize.
  • The Indemnified Parties are not liable for any costs, damages, injuries, or other claims incurred as a result of entrants’ participation in the contest or winner’s acceptance and usage of a prize.
  • The Indemnified Parties are not responsible for incomplete or misdirected entries, technical or network malfunctions or failures, or causes beyond their control.
  • Entrants are solely responsible for their entries. Entrants may not submit materials that introduce any software viruses, worms or other programs designed to damage software, hardware or telecommunications equipment or are off-topic, partisan-political, contain advertising, nudity, personal attacks or expletives, or is otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, sexually explicit, or that infringes on the rights of any third party.
  • The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Thanksgiving Point Institute reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion.
  • In the event of a dispute regarding the winners, Thanksgiving Point Institute reserves the right to award or not award the prizes in its sole discretion. Thanksgiving Point Institute reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to: inhibit the enjoyment of others; tamper with the competition; violate these rules or other applicable law or regulation; infringe on the rights of third parties; or act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Decisions of Thanksgiving Point Institute are final and binding.

Photos with Likeness of Another

By submitting a contest for you grant the Thanksgiving Point permission to use likeness in any and all of its publications, including web-based publications, without payment or other consideration.


  • Entries will be judged based on creativity, quality, originality, and adherence to contest theme.
  • Thanksgiving Point will select three (3) entries as winners of the contest. Winners will be notified via the contact information provided at the time of entry.
  • Thanksgiving Point will select 30 photos which will be printed and displayed physically. Alternate entries will be selected to be displayed digitally as part of a rotating slide show. 
  • Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.

Grand Prize (one winner)

The grand prize winner will receive a Family OR Grandparent Thanksgiving Point Membership ($275 value) and will be noted as the Grand Prize Winner next to their photograph in the art gallery. 


Runner Up (two winners)

Each Runner Up will receive two (2) Explorer Passes, which grant unlimited access to all five Thanksgiving Point venues for a single day. Runner Up photographs will be noted in the art gallery. 

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