First Place Winner: Ellen Lewis
One week stay at CHQ, accommodations, meals and gate passes for two. Winner will be enrolled in a master class with a National Geographic photographer and have a separate opportunity to meet the National Geographic photographer(s).

Second Place:  Nancy Mooney
CHQ Photo book autographed by the National Geographic explorers and a $100 CHQ gift card.

Third Place: Instagram Submission, @reefhunter
CHQ Photo book autographed by the explorers and a $50 CHQ gift card.

A national contest celebrating People and Environment
In Partnership with National Geographic Society

We are pleased to announce the winner and two runners up in our #lookoutside photo contest.

Thank you to our almost 400 participants and National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore for judging our contest.

In addition to our winners, 24 finalists other finalists have been selected to have their images displayed at Chautauqua Institution July 23-30, Week Five: People and Environment In Partnership with National Geographic Society. (Details to follow)

Winning photographs and finalists. (click to enlarge)


  • First Place Winner: Ellen Lewis
    First Place Winner: Ellen Lewis

    7:17 NYC

    Joel’s comments: "This image is not only put together well, in layers, it's a great moment. The snow is coming down and we really feel like we're there. This is very hard to do, as moments like these, seen well, don't happen every day.”

  • Second Place Winner: Nancy Mooney
    Second Place Winner: Nancy Mooney

    The Beauty of Yellowstone.

    Joel’s comments: "What starts out as a lovely landscape is made incredible by that blue glow in the center. I've never seen anything like it."

  • Third Place WInner: Instagram Submission, @reefhunter
    Third Place WInner: Instagram Submission, @reefhunter

    Can you feel it!!!

    Joels comments: "Peak action, and the photographer got down low for a great perspective. Nice sense of place as well.”

  • Bachir Badaoui
    Bachir Badaoui

    Hundreds of boats were removed from Folsom Marina Lake because the elevation in the Folsom
    Lake is completely dry. Folsom Lake is currently facing one of the most severe drought on record and more than 85% of its water reservoir is completely empty. A glimpse of global warming among other places in the world. Folsom Lake - California

  • Erica Costlow
    Erica Costlow


  • Instagram Submission: @damonstah
    Instagram Submission: @damonstah

    One of my favorites from last winter! I just love the S-shape aurora that went perfectly around the
    chairlift pole

  • Instagram Submission: @aronhinkey
    Instagram Submission: @aronhinkey

    Happy earth day! I took this photo while backpacking crows pass, on of the most beautiful trips I’ve ever taken. We are so lucky here in Alaska to have access to huge amounts of preserved natural beauty. Unfortunately its also one of the places where the effects of abuse and neglect on our planet are becoming the most apparent. I don’t pretend I know what the solution is to this global crisis, but I do know how powerful experience can be. So get out there and bring your friends who may never have had a chance to see the “real” world! It’s hard to truly care about something you’ve never got the chance to experience

  • Instagram Submission @andreyuris
    Instagram Submission @andreyuris

    Rumah unik. Rumah lama dan bangunan tradisional yang terkikis bangunan beton.
    (Google Translate: The house is unique. Old houses and traditional buildings are eroded concrete

  • Instagram Submission: @jlmosebach
    Instagram Submission: @jlmosebach

    Looking out of a barn. Green Castle, PA.

  • Instagram Submission: @look_ao
    Instagram Submission: @look_ao

    Who am I? What I know is I’m a student of this earth and an agent of change...

  • Instagram Submission: @victorlimaphoto
    Instagram Submission: @victorlimaphoto

    Good morning from Atacama Desert!!

  • Jay Boggess
    Jay Boggess

    Music = The universal language bridging the generational gap....

  • Judy Thompson
    Judy Thompson

    Exploring the new smells of springtime.

  • Julianne Everett
    Julianne Everett

    Finding Dwayne to say thank you.

  • Larry Rood
    Larry Rood

    “Asbestos Man” Very little choice for some...

  • Laura Harbert Allen
    Laura Harbert Allen

    This photo is from last summer’s flooding in Wood County, West Virginia. As the floodwaters receded,
    Rev. Dr. Ken Krimmel, a United Methodist pastor, delivered cleaning supplies to community
    residents. We’ve always had floods in West Virginia. In the last few decades, climate change and
    mountaintop removal coal mining have made them more frequent and severe. West Virginians are
    shaped by the joy of our stunning natural setting and the sorrow of our natural and increasingly, our
    human-made disasters.

  • Michael Yuhnke
    Michael Yuhnke

    #lookoutside and you will find what you are looking for.

  • Renee Moon
    Renee Moon

    Road Trip to Nature

  • Scott Dillingham
    Scott Dillingham

    Barefoot Brothers

  • Spiros Paraskevopoulos
    Spiros Paraskevopoulos

    I wish the glorious past leads us forever...

  • Stephen Chandler
    Stephen Chandler

    this sign of the time was taken in front of the cathedral in Strasbourg, France. This young soldier is
    confronting an old gypsy beggar.

  • Steven Rawlings
    Steven Rawlings

    Old and New

  • Tricia Rubenstein
    Tricia Rubenstein

    Lowtide adventures

  • TwitterSubmission: @ApolloAndollini
    TwitterSubmission: @ApolloAndollini

    Hiking the Great Sand Dunes in Southern Co.

  • TwitterSubmission: @DickiesPics
    TwitterSubmission: @DickiesPics
  • Twitter Submission: @MrRyanReese
    Twitter Submission: @MrRyanReese


  • Tyler Kellogg
    Tyler Kellogg

    “Albany in the eye of the storm”



CHQ's Week Five :: July 23–30
People and Environment
In Partnership with National Geographic Society

How do we survive in a natural world we are increasingly out of touch with? How has our sense of our surroundings changed? How has the role of government in preservation changed? In this week we examine our surroundings and the ways we can preserve and save our home land and seas. Fifty years into the environmental movement, and 100 years after the National Parks were founded, we look to learn from our past, explore our environments and prepare for the future.