Grand Prize: 

Free tuition to one of our 2018 Sports Photography Workshops in:

Denver, Colorado – July 11 – 16, 2018


Los Angeles, California – November 1 – 4, 2018

The Summit Photography Workshops are excited to announce the 2018 Sports Photography Contest! Open to photographers of all levels, the winner of this contest will receive a free tuition to the 2018 Summit Sports Photography Workshop in Denver, Colorado, or, our Sports Workshop in California!

The Summit Workshops are the longest running and most highly acclaimed photography education program in the United States. They currently offer the premiere sports photography workshops in the country and are proud to train and foster new generations of photographers. Sponsored by Nikon, the Summit Sports Workshop brings together 40-50 students every year to learn from world renowned photographers and magazine editors from Nikon, Sports Illustrated, The Player’s Tribune, and Getty.

Each year, one participant at the Sports Workshop is granted the Bill Eppridge Award which gains them a real sports assignment with The Player’s Tribune. It is a truly amazing opportunity for up and coming photographers to get their foot in the door of professional sports journalism. Bill Eppridge was a legendary photojournalist who spent most of his career working for Life magazine and Sports Illustrated. During the course of his career with Life, Eppridge covered, among other stories, revolutions in Latin America, the Beatles’ arrival in the U.S., a young Barbra Streisand, a story on heroin addiction and the funeral of slain civil rights worker James Chaney in Mississippi in 1964. Eppridge is perhaps most famously known for photographing the death of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1968.

Sports Photography Workshop will run:

Denver July 11-16, 2018

Calilfornia November 1 – 4, 2018

Contest begins June 11th and ends June 21st at 11:59 EST. Judging will take place following closing and winners will be contacted via email and announced on Summit web and social media.

Entered images should fall within the theme of professional or recreational ‘sports’.

BEFORE ENTERING, please see below for our contest details, prizes, terms and conditions.

Submissions are now CLOSED. Thank you for participating and stay tuned, we’ll be announcing the winner soon!

Contest Judges: 

Lucas Gilman - Adventure Photography Workshop

Lucas Gilman

Nikon Ambassador

Lucas Gilman, a Nikon Ambassador, spent his early years in newspaper journalism before his love of the outdoors transitioned his work to build a career in adventure photography. Traveling the world in search of untouched places and wild experiences, Lucas captures images ranging from kayaking in India, Brazil, Uganda and Costa Rica to backcountry skiing in Colorado, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Alaska, and South America.

Nate Gordon

Nate Gordon

Director of Photography, The Player's Tribune

Nate is the Director of Photography at the Players’ Tribune, where he oversees all photography for the brand. Prior to joining the Tribune, he was Deputy Picture Editor at Sports Illustrated. In his 16 years at SI, Nate led its photographic coverage at countless marquee events throughout the U.S. and abroad, including 14 World Series and 4 Olympics.

Rod Mar

Nikon Ambassador

Rod Mar is a Nikon Ambassador and an acclaimed sports photographer whose career spans 25 years. He is currently the team photographer for the Seattle Seahawks and counts among his clients Sports Illustrated and ESPN. He has photographed every major sporting event in the United States as well as numerous Olympic Games. After nearly 20 years as a photojournalist at the Seattle Times, he left for a freelance career in 2009.


The 2018 Sports Photography Contest begins June 11th 2018 and closes June 21st, 2018 at 11:59PM EST. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that they are at 18 years old.


This contest is open to any  photographer 18 years old or older. The Summit Workshops will determine the winners’ eligibility in their sole discretion.


This is a sports photography contest and entries should fall within the realm of professional or recreational sports. Entries are limited to 3 photographs per individual with a maximum file size of 4MB per entry. All files should be labeled as FIRSTNAME.LASTNAME.INSTAGRAM-1.jpg (only include Instagram handle if applicable)


Your privacy is important to The Summit Worksops.This privacy policy (“Policy”) applies to the The Summit Workshops websites. This Policy explains how your personal information is collected, used, and disclosed by The Summit Workshops.
We collect information from you in various ways when you use our Sites and Applications. We may collect personal information you directly provide on our Sites. In addition, we may collect personal information from you as a user of our Applications. Information we may collect includes name and email address, and phone number.
Personal information including name and email address will be shared to The Summit Workshops and contest sponsors listed on the sponsor banner.


We use your personal information to provide you with services, to operate and improve our Sites and Applications, to send you messages, and for other purposes described in this Policy or disclosed to you on our Sites or in connection with our services. For example, we may use the information we collect from you on our Sites and Applications:
to personalize and improve your experience on our Sites and with our Applications;
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to conduct an aggregated analysis of the performance of promotions.
The Summit Workshops may store and process personal information in the United States and other countries.


-Original photographer retains all rights to submitted images.
-Only three photographs, per photographer, may be entered into the contest.
-Duplicate submissions by an entrant will result in deletion of an entry.
-All photographs must have been taken within the last five years (2013 – present).
All entrants hold the Sponsors (the “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from and against all claims of any nature arising in connection with entrant’s participation in the contest and acceptance or use of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not liable for any costs, damages, injuries, or other claims incurred as a result of entrants’ participation in the contest or winner’s acceptance and usage of a prize.  The Indemnified Parties are not responsible for incomplete or misdirected entries, technical or network malfunctions or failures, or causes beyond their control. Entrants are solely responsible for their entries. Entrants may not submit materials that introduce any software viruses, worms or other programs designed to damage software, hardware or telecommunications equipment or are off-topic, partisan-political, contain advertising, nudity, personal attacks or expletives, or is otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, sexually explicit, or that infringes on the rights of any third party.
The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. The Summit Workshops reserve the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. In the event of a dispute regarding the winners, The Summit Workshops  reserve the right to award or not award the prizes in its sole discretion. The Summit Workshops reserve the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to: inhibit the enjoyment of others; tamper with the competition; violate these rules or other applicable law or regulation; infringe on the rights of third parties; or act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Decisions of The Summit Workshops are final and binding.


A preliminary round of judging will be completed by Summit Workshops staff after which the final 50 images will be submitted to the final round of judging where the grand prize and finalists will be chosen by contest judges Lucas Gilman, Rod Mar, and Nate Gordon. Judging will take place immediately after the contest closes on June 21st and winners will be notified shortly after and announced on social media.
GRAND PRIZE:The photographer with the winning photograph will win a free tuition to the 2018 Summit Sports Workshop in Denver, Colorado on July 11-16, 2018. Workshop tuition does not have a cash value and is not transferrable to anyone. Attendee is responsible for travel, lodging and other expenses at the Sports Workshop. If winner cannot attend the 2018 workshop, the opportunity and winning title may be passed on to another finalist who can attend.
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