ROAM is proud to announce the first annual ROAM Awards, embodying the spirited creativity of our extended audience of adventure seekers and storytellers. Whether in photo, video, or written essay form – we’re looking to showcase the best of the best. Our collaborative quest is to discover, celebrate, and amplify emerging and established talents while promoting a pervasive appreciation for the natural world, adventure, and meaning.
|15 Winners||45 Finalists||Staff Picks||Every Entrant|
|$45,000 in Cash Awards|
|Travel & Lodging Stipend for Awards Ceremony|
|Dinner with the Judges and Industry VIPs|
|Workshops from Industry Experts|
|Takeover the ROAM Instagram Account|
|Winning writers receive contract from ROAM|
|Join the exclusive ROAM creator network|
|Thousands of dollars in non-cash prizes|
|In-person and Online Exhibitions|
|Published in the ROAM Journal|
|Exposure to ROAM’s Massive Social Audience|
|International Press Exposure|
|Your Work Reviewed by Industry Professionals|
|Share Your Work with the Global Community|
|Opportunities for Immediate Exposure|
Your submission should represent what gives you meaning in life, connects you to the greater good and demonstrates how you share it with the world. This purpose is a ‘calling’ you cannot ignore, no matter the cost and may manifest as personal transformation or as your attempt to impact other people and/or the environment in a positive way.
Photo by Taylor Burk
Your submission must relate to adventure with purpose and focus on an aspect of your adventure which is completely new to you. Whether it’s a ‘first’ for just you or a ‘first’ of all time, the challenge is capturing and expressing this personal discovery in a photo, video or essay.
Photo by Ben Thouard
Your photo, video or essay awards submission for the Awe category must relate to a place that has left you in awe of our natural world.
Photo by Jimmy Chin
Your submissions must relate to an 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?
Photo Courtesy Sasha DiGiulian
This category is for showcasing the lessons you learn that come from adventures that don’t necessarily go according to plan or which teach you a lesson you didn’t anticipate you would learn. These are the journeys that leave a lasting impression on you and challenge your perceptions.
Photo by Bo Bridges
To Submit 1 Photo
To Submit 1 Video, 1 Essay
or Up to 4 Photos
To Submit Up to 3 Videos
or Up to 3 Essays
Image courtesy the Boulder Theater
Photo by Scott Serfas
The beautiful turn-of-the-century Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado is home to the 2019 ROAM Awards Ceremony. ROAM Founding Member and legendary snowboarder, Travis Rice, will be bringing down the house as the ceremony host. Imagine yourself being honored on stage in front of a live audience by the Award's distinguished judges and mingling with today's top creators and athletes in outdoor adventure and storytelling. Winner’s work will be exhibited throughout the event and the Awards contest sponsors will be there with a few special surprises, too.
As a winner in the photo or video category, you’ll get exposure to ROAM’s massive social audience as well as be featured prominently in an interview on ROAM’s website.
As a photo, video or essay winner or finalist, clips of your work will be shown at the 13th Annual Flagship Festival in a ROAM-produced film and will be shown at 5Point screenings.
Image Courtesy 5Point Film Festival
As the author of a winning essay, ROAM will offer you a 3-month paid contract to write for ROAM, with potential to extend the contract. Authors will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas or may be given assignments.
As a photo, video or essay winner, you’ll be invited to join the exclusive ROAM creator network and you’ll get opportunities to collaborate with and create content for ROAM, including opportunities to create branded content for ROAM clients.
Photo by Erich Roepke
Just by entering, your work will be reviewed by our editors for immediate exposure in our contest gallery and across all our online channels, reaching a combined audience of millions. Entrants to our Awards receive massive online exposure throughout the competition, so enter your work early and take advantage of this opportunity!
The ROAM Awards (the “Contest”) begins on September 24, 2019 at 6 AM Mountain Time (MT), and ends on October 25, 2019 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time (MT) (the “Contest Entry Period”). Entry into this Contest constitutes your acceptance of these Official Rules.
ROAM Media, Inc., 1910 Pearl Street Boulder Colorado 80302 USA is the primary sponsor of the Contest.
The ROAM Awards is open to all creators and “Contest Entrants” may be amateur, semi-professional or professional photographers, videographers / filmmakers, and essayists or writers/authors. ROAM especially encourages emerging artists to submit their work for review. Creators from anywhere in the world may submit photographs, videos, or essays. Contest Entrants must be 18 years of age or older as of the date and time the submission window opens for the 2019 ROAM Awards. Employees of ROAM Media, Inc., its officers, directors of its national, state and center boards, and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings and spouses, regardless of where they reside) or those living in the same household (whether or not related), and employees of Inkwell Media, Inc., its officers, directors, parents, affiliates, and advertising agencies associated with this Contest, and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings and spouses, regardless of where they reside) or those living in the same household (whether or not related), are not eligible to participate.
All photographers, videographers, and authors retain full copyrights for their own work. Period. Winners, Finalists, and Staff Picks grant ROAM Media, Inc. limited, restricted use of winning entries only to promote the photographers themselves and in connection with marketing the Awards competition itself.
Eligible individuals (the “Entrant” or “You”) may enter unlimited submissions that depict nature, outdoor adventure and/or adventure with purpose to the following five categories (each a “Category” or collectively the “categories”):
*The same submission cannot be entered into more than one Category. e.g. — you may not upload “My Photo.jpg” to both the Discovery category and the Purpose category.
You must be 18 years of age or older as of 9/24/19, and your submissions must relate to what gives you meaning in life. We’re called to have a positive social or environmental impact on the world, but answering the call is not easy, and usually implies a degree of sacrifice and discomfort. However, when you release fear and doubt and let your purpose guide your choices, you receive the priceless opportunity to connect with something greater than yourself. Whether it’s changing your behavior, joining a movement, or serving others, fulfilling your purpose can manifest in countless, distinctive ways. The purpose category seeks photo, video and essay submissions which represent listening to that voice in your head you cannot ignore, nudging you to do better, to courageously step into the unknown, take action and do your part to improve the health of the planet and its inhabitants.
You must be 18 years of age or older as of 9/24/19, and your submissions must relate to the lessons you learn. They say it’s never an adventure until something goes wrong and that the journey is the true reward. Whether you traveled around the world to ski only to be thwarted by suboptimal conditions, broke customary traditions while visiting a foreign country, or otherwise wandered into uncharted territory, we want to know what surprises adventure in the outdoors has had in store for you. These stories may not be tales of triumph, and they may be a far cry from what we had envisioned, but some of the greatest stories ever told are those of human endurance in the face of unexpected obstacles. The lessons category seeks photo, video, and essay submissions that showcase how you’ve emerged from the depths of adventure and what the journey taught you.
You must be 18 years of age or older as of 9/24/19, and your submissions must relate to discovery. We roam to discover new parts of ourselves and the world. Whether it’s your first time getting up on a surfboard, photographing the night sky, seeing a whale surface for air, planning an expedition, or falling in love with the desert, these experiences leave a lasting impression on us, shifting our perspective or even changing the course of our lives. These encounters with new ways of thinking, living, exploring and interacting with our natural environment are what keep us alive. The discovery category seeks photo, video, and essay submissions about a personal “first” for you, or a “first” for all humankind, such as setting a record, establishing a new route, or daring to explore the most isolated corners of the planet.
You must be 18 years of age or older as of 9/24/19, and your submission must relate to something which gives you a sense of awe and wonder. There are times and places in life that take our breath away. These experiences go beyond our comprehension and bring us fully into the present moment. We aim to encapsulate these moments as memories through our art, in order to etch that feeling onto our soul forever. From the deepest sense of calm, to uninhibited joy, to pure reverence, the enduring beauty of earth’s wild, rugged places compels us to share our experiences with the world. The awe category seeks photo, video, and essay submissions that demonstrate this utter immersion in nature’s power and majesty.
You must be 18 years of age or older as of 9/24/19, and your submissions must relate to something which gives you a thrill. Think less and send more, sometimes that’s the best way to play. Whether plunging deep into frigid ocean waters, catching a monster wave, or raging singletrack that makes you want your mommy, beating the game can be like a shortcut to nirvana. Not all of us will free solo El Cap like Alex Honnold or decimate an Alaskan face like Travis Rice, but we’ve all experienced that heart-pumping surge of pure joy and energy that exists at the very edge of adventure in our own way. The thrill category seeks the most daring photo, video, and essay submissions about those who don’t ask ‘why,’ but ask ‘why not!?’
Follow the contest entry submission process using the contest entry form.
Entry fees are as follows:
To be eligible to win, all submitted Photographs must depict adventure or adventure with adventure with purpose as noted in the Categories above, and accurately reflect the subject matter as it appeared in the viewfinder (a “Photograph”).
All Photographs must have been taken between September 01, 2016 and October 25, 2019.
You warrant that no part of the Photograph has been published by ROAM, including in ROAM Magazine, on any portion of ROAM’s website. See “General Conditions” for more. Normal processing of original file is acceptable, including:
Photographs that have been digitally or otherwise altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. That includes:
You may be required to provide ROAM with original image files (RAW, jpg, etc.) in the timeframe provided upon request (generally within 7 days). Failure to provide original files may result in the disqualification of the Photograph at ROAM’s sole discretion.
To be eligible to win, all submitted videos must depict adventure or adventure with purpose as noted in the Categories above, and accurately reflect the subject matter as it appeared in the viewfinder (a “Video”). Normal processing of original file is acceptable, including:
You warrant that no part of the Video has been published by ROAM, including ROAM Magazine, or on any portion of ROAM’s website. See “General Conditions” for more.
All Videos must have been made between September 01, 2016 and October 25, 2019. Edits of a feature length film to between 15 seconds and 90 seconds are acceptable submissions. Films can be submitted by both professional and emerging filmmakers, and can include brand representation, although the submission of ‘adverts’ is not allowed. Trailers are not allowed / will not be qualified. Films may have been previously broadcast or released online, but the clip or the film from which the clip is taken may not have won any previous awards or prizes for competitions.
All Essays must have been written between September 01, 2016 and October 25, 2019. If it’s been published in exchange for payment, it is not eligible to win. Anything that’s been published on ROAM social channels or Roammedia.com is not eligible to win. Essays written by multiple authors are not eligible for submission. Essays that have been professionally edited are not qualified for submission.
The first essential element in outdoor adventure photography is a sincere respect for the people and all inhabitants of any given environment. In any conflict of interest, the well-being of any living beings and their habitats must come before the ambitions of the photographer. We abide by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics 7 Principles and encourage all ROAMers and Contest Entrants to do the same. No people or objects may be added, rearranged, reversed, distorted or removed from a photograph. If images are staged, this should be made clear in the written statements and captions. It is important, always, to take into account the ethical considerations of photography, and to protect vulnerable people and fragile environments from potential harm that could be inflicted as a result of publishing images.
Judging will be conducted by a panel of 1) preliminary judges and a panel of 2) distinguished judges appointed by ROAM Media Inc..
All eligible submissions from each medium will be reviewed by a preliminary panel of qualified, professional judges.
From the remaining entries that pass the First and Second Round of judging by the preliminary panel, a panel of distinguished judges will select Winners, Finalists and Judge Picks for each category.
In the event of a tie for any award or honor, the Judges will use the Originality score of each tied submission to rank the submissions. The submission with the highest Originality score will be the winner for that prize. If there continues to be a tie after the Originality scores are compared, the Judges will compare and rank the Technical Quality scores, and then the Artistry scores, in that order. The decisions of the Judges and the Sponsors are final.
Winners will be privately contacted and confirmed by email and/or telephone by mid-to-late-November 2019. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in Boulder, CO on Dec. 5, 2019.
All expenses related to the acceptance or use of any Prize is the sole responsibility of prize winner.
Winners will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability and Publicity (together, the “Releases”), where permitted, or, and return the Releases/Declaration, properly executed, to ROAM within seven days of being notified. If winner is a U.S. resident, Releases will require the winner to furnish his/her Social Security Number for the sole purpose of tax reporting, as required by law. If a winner is otherwise eligible under these Official Rules, but is nevertheless deemed a minor in his or her state of primary residence, his/her prize will be awarded in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian who must execute the Releases/Declaration on the minor winner’s behalf. Sponsors may disqualify any winner who fails to respond to the prize notification or fails to return the Releases/Declaration within the seven-day period and, at Sponsors’ sole discretion, select an alternate winner. If any Prize or Prize notification is returned as undeliverable, a winner declines his or her Prize, or a winner fails to comply with any of these Official Rules, that winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected by the Judges using the scoring procedure outlined above.
Winners are responsible for the payment of any taxes on Prizes.
Prizes will be awarded within 45 days of each winner being confirmed.
ROAM will provide a travel stipend for Awards winners. All travel-related expenses beyond the provided stipend to Boulder for the Awards Ceremony and/or the Awards Dinner including but not limited to ground transportation to and from home, taxes, gratuities, incidentals, upgrades, insurance, service charges, airport surcharges, luggage fees, departure taxes, resort or property fees, food & beverage and personal expenses such as telephone/Internet charges, and gift shop purchases are the sole responsibility of winner.
All reservations are based on availability and holidays may be excluded. Accommodations are subject to availability at time of reservation. Blackout dates, advance booking requirements, and travel restrictions may apply. Availability is subject to factors such as weather, seasonality and space availability. If weather affects the ability of winner and his/her guest to redeem any portion of prize during the scheduled date and time, then the Sponsors shall have no further obligation to the winner and/or guest other than to supply the remaining elements of the prize package minus the unused portion of prize.
Prizes are not redeemable for cash, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsors. Prizes are non-assignable or transferable. No substitution is permitted except if Prize or Prize component is unavailable, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. Any other incidental expenses on Prize not specified herein are the sole responsibility of each winner. Once a Prize has been delivered to the winner’s residence, the Prize is considered awarded.
All terms subject to change. By submitting to the 2019 ROAM Awards, you agree to the following:
You represent and warrant that:
You acknowledge that:
If any Photograph in your Submission contains any material or elements not owned by you, or which are subject to the rights of third parties, you are responsible, prior to submitting the Submission, for obtaining any and all releases necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Submission in all the manners contemplated by these Official Rules, including, without limitation, permission to use the name and likeness of any person who appears or is identifiable in the Submission. You may be required to provide proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to ROAM, and if you fail to provide such proof within seven days of request by ROAM, your Submission will be disqualified.
You irrevocably grant to each ROAM a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual license to use the Submission in any manner related to the Contest, including all associated use, reproduction, distribution, sublicense, derivative works, and commercial and non-commercial exploitation rights in any and all media now known or hereafter invented, including, but not limited to:
You hereby release ROAM, Sponsors, their parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates and divisions, and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from any and all liability, loss or damage arising from or in connection with your participation or attempt to participate in the Contest, and/or the awarding, receipt, use or misuse of a Prize or participation in any Prize-related activities; from claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy; and from claims based on the infringement of or protection of the copyright in your Submission.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Sponsors against any claims by any third party related to a breach of any of these General Conditions, including, but not limited to, a claim of ownership of any copyright, trademark, or any personal or property rights, libel, defamation, invasion of privacy or right of publicity, or your failure to pay taxes on any Prize.
The Sponsors and their parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates and divisions, and their respective directors, officers, employees, attorneys, representatives and agents make no warranties, and hereby disclaim all warranties, express or implied, concerning the Contest and any Prize furnished or awarded in connection with the Contest, including, but not limited to, ROAM’s ability to award a Prize due to its bankruptcy, insolvency or failure to continue its business. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, PRIZES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND THE CONTEST ENTITIES HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND/OR NONINFRINGEMENT.
If your Submission is determined by ROAM in its sole discretion to be ineligible at any time during or after the Contest Entry Period, that Submission will be removed from the judging. If your Submission is found to have been ineligible after it was awarded a Prize, you agree to return the Prize or the value of such Prize to ROAM immediately following notification of ineligibility. If you are disqualified by ROAM in its sole discretion for a violation of any of these Official Rules at any time during or after the Contest Entry Period, all of your Submissions will be disqualified from the Contest and, in the event that any of your Submissions were awarded a prize, you agree to return the Prize or the value of such Prize to ROAM immediately following notification of disqualification.
Yes. You can also upload from your desktop.
To enter online, you must:
Follow the contest entry submission process using the contest entry form.
Entry fees will be refunded on a case by case basis.
The judges will look at how closely your entry relates to the category to which it was submitted, then move on to judging your entry according to it’s technical execution (30%), it’s originality (40%) and it’s artistry (30%). Writing a description of your work will give the judges context for your work and is important in judging your entry, too.
Winners will get
There will be 15 Winners, 45 Finalists and 40 Staff Picks.The distinguished judges will select 1 winner per category for each medium for a total of 15 winners, and they will select 3 finalists per category for each medium.
No, please only submit nonfiction essays based on your experiences, second-hand experiences, your beliefs, etc. Your essay must relate to one of the categories as outlined above.
Once your entry is submitted, we automatically email you a confirmation invoice indicating payment details, the category, the amount you paid and how you paid it (credit card or Paypal).
ROAM Media will contact you via phone and if a phone is not available then by the email you provided.
Select the category which best aligns with your artistic vision and your entry.
Yes, however, you may not submit the same entry to more than one category.
Entrants outside the US are encouraged to submit their work. This is a global photo, video, and essay contest.
All video submissions must be between 15 seconds and 90 seconds.
Yes. However, the clip should not be a trailer.
The maximum upload file size is 1.5 GB.
Yes, as long as it did not win a previous ROAM Awards and has been created in the past three years.
There are no student discounts for 2019 ROAM Awards.
Read the complete Awards Rules which goes into further detail on all these topics and many more. If you still have questions after reading the rules, we are happy to help. Click the help widget in the bottom right corner of your screen, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.