moose, snow, black and white image
A short winter’s nap © Ron Belak, 3rd place Black and White Category, 2019 Photo Contest

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:

  • The 2020 conference has been CANCELLED. We hope to be in Alamogordo, New Mexico in 2021. Stay tuned.
  • Participate in our annual contest — this year’s deadline is past. Results will be posted online some time in October, if not earlier.
  • Meet some of our members — see what we’re up to.

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

2019 3rd Place
Photo Award Winners

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Recent news

Hello RMOWP Family!

White Sands National Park; sunset
Sunset from White Sands National Park © 2009 William Horton

I hope that you are all healthy and as happy as possible in these strange times. 

It has now been more than half a year since the Coronavirus Pandemic first hit the news and upended our lives, and despite some of the misinformation being distributed on social media, we don’t know how or when this will end.


National Parks Partly Reopened

“Dawn of Thor” © William Horton
1st Place Image from Last Conference Category, 2017 Photo Contest

Is the social isolation caused by the Coronavirus pandemic driving you nuts? One escape is to America’s national parks.  (The photo to the right was taken at Bryce Canyon National Park.)


We Have a Cecil…

By Don Laine

A Cecil, according to RMOWP’s own photographer Jack Olson, is a sunrise or sunset photo named in honor of Academy Award-winning producer Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959), whose Biblical films featured characters such as Moses atop a mountain, arms raised to the fiery sky. You don’t capture Cecils very often, Jack tells us. They must be special in one way or another, a spectacular show in the sky, reminiscent of DeMille’s epic films.