Wild Desert Calendar Submissions

Bruce Couch

Calling all photographers—use your creativity and talent to support conservation! Submit your best shots of Oregon’s high desert for a chance to have your photos featured in our iconic Wild Desert Calendar.
ONDA’s Wild Desert Calendar
  • Features the stunning landscapes of Oregon’s high desert
  • Inspires action to protect and restore wild lands, waterways, and wildlife
  • Is a unique all-volunteer effort—it’s the only published collection of images devoted exclusively to Oregon’s high desert
  • Is high profile – the Wild Desert Calendar is mailed to 4,000 ONDA members and is sold by 40+ retail vendors statewide

Submission deadline: June 8, 2018

Submission guidelines
  • Fill out the Image Use Agreement and upload your photos online HERE
  • Photo submission format requirements:
    • JPEG files
    • Label image file to include photographer’s name and abbreviated image location (e.g. JoeSmith_OrCanyon1.jpg) and submit a corresponding written image description (e.g. Canyon Wall near Overlook Point, Oregon Canyonlands, Joe Smith)
    • NOTE: Print quality 300 dpi TIFF files must be available if your image(s) are selected.
  • Submit no more than ten (10) of your highest quality photographs
  • Both professional and amateur photo submissions are encouraged to submit
  • Questions? Email Membership & Engagement Coordinator Lindsay Jones at lindsay@onda.org.
Tips for getting great photos
  • Get inspired! Check out ONDA’s website and the Wild Desert Calendar gallery to get a sense of what ONDA is all about, where we work, and photo form and content ideas.
  • Take a variety of shots. Include large-scale landscape images and small-scale shots that focus on details of flora, fauna, landscape textures, hikers, campers, petroglyphs, and other desert wonders.
  • Get in touch with ONDA staff for advice on planning a photography trip to Oregon’s wild desert.
  • Think natural. Photos of roads, power lines or other signs of permanent human development are unlikely to be selected.
  • Read How to Take Better Images of Oregon’s High Desert” for more advice.

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Sage Steppes

Sage Steppes

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Cregg Large, member since 2009

Cregg Large, member since 2009

“I came to Oregon 12 years ago from Texas. Texas, for all its size, has very little public land. Coming to Oregon has made me realize the special gift we as Americans have in our public lands. Volunteering with an organization like ONDA is my way of reciprocating for this gift. Through restoration efforts, I feel we are helping leave a better place than we found it. Through advocating for protection for public lands, we safeguard migration routes for animals and keep the land where it belongs: with the public.”

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Bonnie Olin, 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Bonnie Olin, 2017 Volunteer of the Year

“If you spend enough time in the wild, it will change you. So it was for me in Oregon’s high desert, especially in the Owyhee Canyonlands.” To support ONDA, Bonnie says, is to strive to protect the very values of Oregon’s high desert that are critical to the human experience: quiet and connectedness with nature. “Oregon’s desert,” she says, “broadens your understanding of your relationship to all living things.”

Photo locations
  • ONDA seeks diverse photos from wild areas throughout central and eastern Oregon’s high desert that capture the beauty and natural character of the region.
  • Only images from public lands in Oregon’s high desert will be selected. Photos of private lands will not be considered.
  • Photos that feature areas that are a conservation priority for ONDA are highly encouraged.