Wildlife in the Oilfield Photo Contest

IPANM created a contest where oil field workers and others could win cash prizes for the best photo or video demonstrating wildlife adapting to manmade changes in their environment.

We Want Your Best Photos and Videos!

The premise that man and nature cannot co-exist, that where man encroaches, wildlife scatters and dies out, is simply untrue. When the Alaskan pipeline was being built, environmentalists bemoaned the fate of the caribou saying the animals would suffer immensely. The exact opposite happened. In Prudhoe Bay, about 50 miles west of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the number of caribou has quintupled since production began in early 1978. The caribou often use the oil field equipment and the adjoining Alaskan pipeline for a windbreak and warmth. Much of the year the temperature in this region is a frigid 40 degrees below zero.

In New Mexico oil fields, many species of wildlife use equipment in a productive manner. Birds will use elevated surfaces as foundations for nests. Deer, like caribou, use the equipment for a windbreak and warmth.

There is so much wildlife in the oilfield that in 2004 IPANM created a contest where oil field workers and others could win cash prizes for the best photo or video demonstrating wildlife adapting to manmade changes in their environment.


Contest Tips

  • Zoom out and include enough of the oilfield equipment so it is identifiable.
  • Balance the photo content between the wildlife and the equipment—both are important.
  • Use the highest quality settings available on your camera. The higher the resolution, the better.

First Place = $1000


Second Place = $500


Third Place = $250

This Year’s Contest Winners

First Place

Third Place

Second Place

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Wildlife in the Oilfield Photo Contest

Contest Form
  • Official Entry

  • Photo Information

  • Drop files here or
    Please note the maximum file size allowed to be uploaded to the server is 128 MB. Only one (1) entry form is required. If you are submitting more than one photo, please number the photos and provide a list with the date taken and a detailed location for each photo.


Before submitting a photograph to the contest, carefully read the following terms and conditions of use. If you agree to the terms, please indicate by signing below.

Authenticity of Work

I hereby certify that the photographs I am submitting are my original work and have never been copyrighted or, if copyrighted, that I am the sole copyright owner. I am entering this work as an honest and true representation of its contest and no attempts to alter the images in any way have been made.

Public Viewing and Granting of Limited Rights

I understand that by submitting this work I am authorizing the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico (“IPANM”) to display the photographs to the public. The images may be included in the IPANM website, IPANM publications, or at IPANM events. In addition, the images may be used in news releases for publication in newspapers or for airing on television.

Additional Contest Rules

In addition to the terms and conditions above, contest entries must abide by the following rules:

1. All entries must contain wildlife and oilfield equipment.
2. All entries must be taken between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
3. All entries must be received in the IPANM office by July 1, 2019.
5. Prizes will be awarded on July 26, 2019 at our Annual Meeting.
6. Still photography entries will be accepted in digital (preferred) or film-based formats.
7. IPANM will not be held responsible for mailed slides, negatives or prints.
8. Photos submitted will not be returned.
9. The decision of the IPANM Board-appointed judging committee is final.
10. Winners will be responsible for all applicable federal, state or local taxes, tariffs or import duties. If local law in your place of residence make the contest illegal, do not enter the contest.

Past Entries in the Wildlife Photo Contest

We’ve had some amazing winners from across the Southwest. Thanks to everyone who has participated in the past!