BEST of SHOW 2019 – “Humpback Breaching” © Frank Zurey
Megaptera novaeangliae is a species of baleen whale; Hoonah, Alaska, USA

Welcome to the home of the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers! Formed in 1973, Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers, Inc., is an organization of professional and aspiring communicators, dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. Through writing, photography, broadcast media, and artistic expression, members provide information about the recreational and natural resources found in the Rocky Mountain West. Become a part of our creative community and:

  • Attend the annual conference — October 5-8, 2020 with headquarters in Alamogordo, New Mexico and field trips to White Sands National Monument, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, and more.
  • Participate in our annual contest — this year’s deadline will be announced in early 2020.
  • Meet some of our members — see what we’re up to.

We need your inspiration, participation, and support. YOU are the organization!

2019 1st Place
Photo Award Winners

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Recent news

2020 Conference Set

Mark your calendars for the 2020 conference of Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers – October 5 to 8 – headquartering in Alamogordo, New Mexico. That’s Sunday through Thursday night.

Soaptree Yucca along a dune ridge at White Sands National Monument.
© William Horton

Why Alamogordo? Mainly because it’s the closest place to some of the most scenic and fascinating destinations in southern New Mexico.


Dues are going up!

After 14 years at the same rate, the RMOWP board of directors has decided it’s time to raise membership dues. Beginning in January 2020 one year will be $60, with a second person at the same address $50. 


Important Conference Deadlines

Elk on Trail Ridge, Rocky Mountain National Park © Vanessa Jackson, RMOWP 2010 Photo Workshop

Rocky Mountain National Park is popular. Very popular. It had the third highest number of visitors of any national park last year, and for two very good reasons: the scenery is spectacular and the wildlife abundant. Imagine how annoying it is when you’re trying to get a shot of a wonderful snow-capped mountain peak, and those pesky elk or moose keep blocking your view.