2018 Photography Exhibit

RUles and Guidelines


Forest Innovations is pleased to announce the 2018 Photography Exhibit!

Climate change is frequently discussed, but often in in-terms of long-range manifestations such as rising oceans and seas. However, there is an urgent tree mortality crisis in California today that is in the process of devastating over 100 million trees in California’s portion of the Sierra Nevada Mountains alone, fueling massive wildfires, and diminishing ecosystems, habitats, and homeowner property values.

California’s urban forests have also been significantly affected by drought conditions, disease, and pests over the last 7 years.

The purpose of the photography exhibit is to increase and spread awareness of both urban and rural trees challenges through story-telling images that capture the tree die-off, the impacts to ecosystems, and the consequences for property owners and entire communities.


Entries are due no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time on November 1, 2017. Late entries will not be accepted.

Click here for the official entry form. See official rules below.


August 4, 2017                        Exhibit Announced / Submittal Guidelines posted

October 15, 2017                    Last day to ask questions (due 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time)

October 17, 2017                    Answers to questions posted (click here for answers to questions – last updated September 21, 2017)

November 1, 2017                  Submittals due (5:00 p.m. Pacific Time)

December 15, 2017                Winning Entries Announced

2018                                        Sparrow Gallery Exhibit/ Statewide Rotating Exhibit


Submissions that are deemed complete will be reviewed and evaluated by a Review Committee. The Review Committee will include a representative from Forest Innovations, a professional photographer, and a state policy maker.


Click here for detailed rules and guidelines


Prizes will be awarded for First, Second, and Third place in each category, to the entrant.

  • 1st Place -        $250
  • 2nd Place -       $100
  • 3rd Place -        $  50

A single “Best of Show” prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the submission deemed to best depict the collective crisis, within the objectives of the exhibit stated above.

Forest Innovations will have selected photos displayed in Sparrow Gallery (Sacramento, California) in the 2018 Forest Innovations Exhibit.  A traveling exhibit will also be displayed at locations throughout California.