In Pursuit of the Next Generation of Outdoor Innovators

Outside recently announced the first-ever Outside Awards, a new winter-focused competition for photographers and filmmakers, with $40,000 in prize money and a chance to be featured in Outside Magazine and in the Warren Miller film tour.  Why this contest is winter-focused but starting in April is strange, but nonetheless a great opportunity for outdoor photographers and videographers.

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The competition is bringing together up-and-coming creators, who will showcase their best work for a shot at $40,000 in prize money and a chance to be featured in Outside Magazine and in the Warren Miller film tour. It’s called the Outside Awards, and the goal is to seek out the next generation of filmmakers and photographers, and to celebrate emerging voices in the snowsports world. Our panel of judges for the competition includes an all-star lineup from the world of snowsports filmmaking.

How to Enter the Outside Awards

The submission period will open May 1 and close July 31 at 11:59 P.M. Mountain Standard Time.

The entry fee is $30 for one video or up to five photos, and each entry comes with an Outside+ subscription. Content should be winter-focused. Videos should be between 3-5 minutes in length. Photographers and filmmakers can submit entries in three categories:

Category 1: Thrill

Submissions must relate to a winter experience that gives you a thrill, gets your heart beating, or creates an adrenaline rush—that surge of pure joy and energy that lives at the very edge of adventure. This category isn’t for the ones who ask why, but instead ask, why not?

Category 2: Purpose

Submissions should represent how you find meaning in the winter world or connect through winter to a greater good. From protecting future snowfall to helping underrepresented communities experience the beauty of winter, demonstrate how your calling has a positive impact.

Category 3: Awe

Submissions must capture the wonder of wild places, the feeling of being completely immersed in nature, or the inspiration you find outdoors in the winter. Whether it’s exuberant love for a place, a sport, or your craft, the challenge is expressing this reverence in a photo or video.

Submissions open May 1. Come back soon to enter.

How to Win

A judging panel of pro athletes and filmmakers will determine one film finalist and one photo finalist in each category, for a total six finalists to be announced in September. Each of the finalists will receive a $5,000 cash prize.

The three photography finalists will be featured in Outside Magazine, and the three film finalists will be part of the upcoming Warren Miller and Get Outside tour, hitting the road from October 2023 to January 2024. At tour events, live audiences will have the chance to vote on the three film finalists to determine one overall People’s Choice grand-prize winner, who will receive an additional $10,000 cash prize. The People’s Choice winner will be announced at the end of January 2024.