A smartphone snapping a photo of a bright yellow flower in a grassy field

From spring wildflowers to the fall elk rut and the timeless landscapes in between, the Refuge offers an abundance of photography opportunities year round. Travel along the Auto Tour route to capture scenes of the Missouri River and ponderosa pine forests or visit the east side of the Refuge for views of the badlands and the Fort Peck Reservoir. Learn more about filming activities in the National Wildlife Refuge System

Photography Contest

Do you have great pictures of Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge to share? Consider entering the 2022 Fort Peck Interpretive Center Photography Contest! You may submit up to two photos for each of the following categories:

  • Scenery and Landscapes: Share epic views and vistas from land or water.
  • Wildlife and Critters: A celebration of all creations large and small.
  • Your Public Lands and Waters: How do you recreate on the Refuge?
  • Plant Life: A Showcase of the Refuge’s unique flora.


All photographers are welcome to enter. Refuge visitors, volunteers, and staff will vote in person or online to select the winning photographs.  

Contest Rules

  • All photos must be the original work of the person submitting them.
  • Each photo must be submitted as a jpeg at 300dpi and measure at least 1,800 pixels on the long side.
  • Drone use is prohibited on the Refuge. Photos taken with drones will not be accepted.
  • All photos must be taken on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Complex and Wetland Management District or Fort Peck Project Recreation Areas. The sites of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Complex are listed here
  • Do not harass wildlife, enter closed areas, or move/remove natural items and artifacts.
  • Follow all Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rules and regulations and follow Leave No Trace practices.
  • Because entries will be shared with the public at the Interpretive Center and online, all entries must be accompanied by a Copyright Release Agreement. If you are submitting multiple entries, list all photos in the “Product Description.”
  • Any photo with a recognizable individual must be accompanied by an Agreement for Use of Likeness.


Submission Guidelines

Color or black and white images will be accepted. All photos should be cropped to an aspect ratio of 4:5. You may perform minimal editing including minor cropping, red eye removal, or adjustment of contrast or brightness. You may also use HDR, light painting, or long-exposure techniques.

Photos taken at locations not on Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge Complex or the Fort Peck Project will not be accepted. Additionally, photos that involve putting people, wildlife, or the environment in danger or risk of damage will not be accepted. Please do not add watermarks, borders, signatures, or text to photos.

How to Enter

Submit up to two entries per category via email to willem_doherty@fws.gov by 4:00 MDT August 15, 2022. Please include the necessary release forms, the date and location of each photo, a descriptive caption, and the name you would like credited to your photos. All entries will be printed (8 x 10) and displayed at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center from August 19 to September 5, 2022.

Voting will take place at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center and online from August 19 – 22, 2022. Winners will be announced on the Refuge’s Facebook page and the Fort Peck Project Facebook page on August 27, 2022.