Photo contest kicks off Bear Paw 2018 events

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 12:58
  • Ariel Griffin, right, 10, rides a carnival ride during the 2012 Bear Paw Festival on Sunday, July 15, 2012. The 2018 festival will be held July 11-15 in downtown Eagle River. (Star file photo/Matt Tunseth)

It’s time to start thinking Bear Paw.

Entries are being taken for the festival’s 11th annual photo contest, which each year awards cash prizes for photo entries in a variety of categories and age groups.

This year’s categories include Eagle River, People, Scenic, Fauna (animals), Flora (plants), Cultural (reflects the many diverse ethnicities/cultures present in Alaska), Creative (modified or heavily processed images) and Open (for youth entries). There are three age groups, including Youth (12 and under), Teen (13-17) and adult (18+).

Photos must have been taken since Jan. 1, 2017.

The cost to enter the contest is $10 for the first entry and $5 for each additional entry. Submissions must be submitted as digital files either online or via a full-resolution .jpeg file on a CD, DVD or flash drive. Entries can be submitted via the contest’s Facebook page or emailed to [email protected] or dropped off at Gutierrez Photography at 11823 Old Glenn Highway Suite 107 in Eagle River.

The deadline for submissions is June 1, with judging set for June 9. For a complete list of contest rules, visit the Bear Paw Photography Contest Facebook page, which includes a link to an online entry form.

The juried photo contest will be evaluated by a three-judge panel, with the winning photographers receiving cash prizes, with their artwork going on display at Jitters in Eagle River throughout July. There will also be a public viewing during the Bear Paw Festival July 11-18, with a public vote to determine the festival’s favorite photo.

Planning for the 33rd annual Bear Paw (theme: “It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s Amelia Bearhart!”) is well underway, with the festival’s vendor spaces already filled and a full slate of events on the calendar.

The festival kicks off Wednesday, July 11 with an awards luncheon at the Eagle River Ale House. Things really get rolling the next day, when the Golden Wheel Amusements carnival starts up in Town Square Park. Other notable events include the Bear Paw Pageant (July 12), the Teddy Bear Picnic (July 13), the Slippery Salmon Olympics (July 14) and the Bear Paw Parade (July 14), along with dozens of other events throughout the weekend. For a complete schedule of events, visit the festival online at

Email Star editor Matt Tunseth at [email protected] or call 257-4274.

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