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Friends of Columbia Gorge hold annual photo contest

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Friends of the Columbia Gorge – a Portland-based conservation organization dedicated to protecting the scenic, natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Columbia Gorge – is now accepting submissions for its sixth annual photo contest. The 2020 contest is entitled Picturing Protection.

Friends’ photo contest gives photography enthusiasts the opportunity to close out a difficult, change-filled year by capturing something that is dependable and comforting: the beautiful and inspiring sights of the Columbia Gorge. The contest also provides an opportunity for Friends to partner with the Pacific NW photography community and help illustrate the ongoing need to ensure that the Gorge’s wild, beautiful landscape is preserved for future generations.

The theme of this year’s contest, Picturing Protection, recognizes that the Gorge’s stunning and largely unspoiled views are in large part due to the passionate advocacy of those who for decades have put in the hard work of protecting the Gorge, be it through activism, stewardship, and other acts of conservation.

The deadline to submit is Dec. 31. Any photos taken from off-trail or closed-trail locations will not be considered. For the complete list of contest rules, photo requirements, or to submit photos, visit

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