We’re Searching for the Next Generation of Photographers and Filmmakers
Submissions open in May 2023 for the first-ever Outside Awards, a new winter-focused competition for photographers and filmmakers, with $40,000 in prize money.
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This spring, a new winter-focused competition is bringing together up-and-coming creators, who will showcase their best work for a shot at $40,000 in prize money and a chance to be featured in Outside Magazine and in the Warren Miller film tour. It’s called the Outside Awards, and the goal is to seek out the next generation of filmmakers and photographers, and to celebrate emerging voices in the snowsports world. Our panel of judges for the competition includes an all-star lineup from the world of snowsports and filmmaking including Academy Award-winning film director, Jimmy Chin, Emmy nominated photographer, Chase Jarvis, and more.
How to Enter the Outside Awards
The submission period will open May 1 and close July 31 at 11:59 P.M. Mountain Standard Time.
The entry fee is $30 for one video or up to five photos, and each entry comes with an Outside+ subscription. Content should be winter-focused. Videos should be between 3-5 minutes in length. Photographers and filmmakers can submit entries in three categories:
Category 1: Thrill
Submissions must relate to a winter experience that gives you a thrill, gets your heart beating, or creates an adrenaline rush—that surge of pure joy and energy that lives at the very edge of adventure. This category isn’t for the ones who ask why, but instead ask, why not?
Category 2: Purpose
Submissions should represent how you find meaning in the winter world or connect through winter to a greater good. From protecting future snowfall to helping underrepresented communities experience the beauty of winter, demonstrate how your calling has a positive impact.
Category 3: Awe
Submissions must capture the wonder of wild places, the feeling of being completely immersed in nature, or the inspiration you find outdoors in the winter. Whether it’s exuberant love for a place, a sport, or your craft, the challenge is expressing this reverence in a photo or video.
Submissions are open from May 1 – July 31 at 11:59 P.M. Enter here.
How to Win
A judging panel of pro athletes and filmmakers will determine one film finalist and one photo finalist in each category, for a total six finalists to be announced in September. Each of the finalists will receive a $5,000 cash prize.
The three photography finalists will be featured in Outside Magazine, and the three film finalists will be part of the upcoming Warren Miller and Get Outside tour, hitting the road from October 2023 to January 2024. At tour events, live audiences will have the chance to vote on the three film finalists to determine one overall People’s Choice grand-prize winner, who will receive an additional $10,000 cash prize. The People’s Choice winner will be announced at the end of January 2024.
See the Official Rules.