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Reminder: Deadline is Sept. 30 for photo contest submissions

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Lindsey Hadlock

Photo Contest 2016: Weekend in Havana.

The deadline for submitting photos to the 2017 Photo Contest is little more than a week away: Sept. 30.

Join those who are already submitting photos electronically by emailing your digital entries to Aggie Binger,, with the subject line: 2017 Photo Contest. Entries will not be posted online until AFTER the deadline is past.

The revised schedule for this year’s contest is:

  • Sept. 30, 11:59 p.m.: deadline for all photo submissions (note: date is earlier than recent previous years)
  • Oct. 20: winners for each category announced; voting begins for People’s Choice among these winners. Deadline for voting: Oct. 27
  • Nov. 3: People’s Choice and Grand Prize winners announced
  • Nov. 6-Nov. 17: prizes available for pick-up or delivery


  • All Cornell staff, faculty, students, alumni and retirees are eligible to enter and each can submit up to four entries, one in each of nine categories: adults, animals, Cornell (any location), humor, landscape, nature, special effects (digital enhancement), structures/buildings and unspecified.
  • Faculty and staff who have not submitted any photos to the contest in the past three years can choose to enter one of their four photos in a separate  new entrants category, on any subject. They can also choose not to enter any of their four photos in the new entrants category.
  • Family members of Cornellians, professional photographers or their support staff, student photography majors and contest judges are not eligible.
  • First-place winners from each category will be decided by the judges, who customarily are chosen from among the university’s photographers and graphic designers.
  • First-place winners will be posted on the Pawprint website, and Cornell community members will select the people’s choice for “People’s Choice Best in Show.” To ensure that only Cornell community members vote, votes must be cast from a computer with a Cornell IP address rather than from personal computers or other electronic devices.
  • While the “People’s Choice Best in Show” is underway, the judges will select the “Judges’ Best in Show.” If the two best-in-show photographs are different, both will receive prizes. If the same photograph receives both awards, the judges will pick a runner-up best in show.

Photo Contest: Symphony of Feathers.

Photograph guidelines:

  • Photos must be submitted digitally by Sept. 30. The file name must include the photographer’s Cornell NetID, category and name of photo in this format: njs3Animals.AViewFromAbove. Email to Aggie Binger,, with the subject line: 2017 Photo Contest. Entries will not be posted online until AFTER the deadline is past.
  • Except for the special effects category, do not digitally enhance or alter photographs beyond the basics. Photos entered in previous years’ contests are ineligible.
  • Your submission gives Pawprint permission to produce the photo in hard copy and online to promote the contest. Pawprint is not responsible for any copyright violations.

To view last year’s winners, see the wrap-up article from Nov. 15, 2016.