CMP Junior Photography Contest Rules

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CMP is calling all junior shooting athletes to submit their favorite shooting photograph for a new competition “Shooting is my Sport.” This contest is open to any and all athletes under the age of 21 (as of November 15) who compete in CMP affiliated matches such as Air Rifle, Air Pistol, Highpower, Bullseye Pistol, Smallbore, Long Range, Shot Gun or other forms of CMP affiliated events.

Please read the following rules, terms, and conditions before submitting any photos.

Rules, Terms, Conditions


You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit, including ownership, if applicable, other than those rights licensed in the next statement. By entering the contest, you hereby grant to the Civilian Marksmanship Program a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, and publicly display the photograph(s) you submit to the Civilian Marksmanship Program, and the right to use your name, city, state, and country of residence in promotions and other publications.

The CMP will endeavor to attribute all photographs with the credit “Owner’s Name” when the full name is available.

By entering this contest, you warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship and does not violate a third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, you will be disqualified at the sole discretion of CMP. CMP shall be held harmless from any suit, liability, or loss due to such infringement.


The CMP is looking for images that define the nature of the shooting sports to you. 

Images will be judged on creativity, technical quality, composition, and relevance. To ensure submissions are received, please submit files no larger than 4032×4032 pixels and no more than 4MB at the time of entry. Higher resolution files will be requested should an entry be preselected. All entries should be submitted to [email protected].

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (ie, cropping, dust, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color, contrast, etc.) will be disqualified. 

Entries may originate in any format – including but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color prints, or black and white prints – so long as they are submitted electronically in a .jpg, .jpeg, .png, or .gif format. HDR images are acceptable. If possible, please embed the photographer name and caption information in the photo’s metadata.

Entries should conform to one of three categories: People, Places, or Things. In the people category, we are looking for the people that define shooting to you – athletes and competitors, coaches, staff, or anybody deserving of this designation. Placesindicates ranges, pits, special competitions to you, or other venues that hold meaning to you. And Things would indicate gear, targets, or other objects used in the shooting sports. 

Entrants will be asked to provide the following information in the contest entry process:

  • Full name and age
  • Entry category of the photograph
  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email)
  • Photo caption that includes subject of image
  • Two to three sentence paragraph along with the image that shares more information about the photo and why it defines the nature of the sport to you
  • Name of club or high school that you participate in CMP matches with

CMP reserves the right to disqualify any photo based on content if it does not fit with our values or we deem it inappropriate. 


The contest will run from September 30 through November 15. All entries must be received by November 15, no late entries will be accepted.


The winner(s) of the contest will receive the following monetary awards: 

1st place – $100
2nd place – $75
3rd place – $50
Awards will be given in each category.

Additionally, any submissions may be selected to be the cover photo for the On the Mark magazine, with winning submissions more likely to be featured.

The prize(s) is nontransferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of the Winner(s). No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others (or request for the case equivalent) is permitted. Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for the contest to use the Winner(s)’ name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

The winner(s) will be selected by two rounds of voting under the supervision of the CMP. The first round of voting by CMP Staff will begin November 16 and will select the top 25 submissions for each category. The second round of voting will be conducted through the CMP Facebook page and will commence on November 23. Winner(s) will be notified by the CMP via email upon completion of the contest and before November 30. CMP shall have no liability for winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk email, or other security settings OR for incorrect information provided to the CMP. If the winner(s) cannot be contacted, are ineligible, or fail to claim the prize within 15 days from the time the notification was sent or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited.           

General Conditions

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Photo Contest is impaired in any way, CMP may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Photo Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Photo Contest; or (b) award the prize(s) from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. CMP reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Photo Contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. CMP’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to CMP by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by CMP. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the owner. The Photo Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.


Questions and any inquiries about contest rules can be directed to:

Chance Cover, [email protected]