Screen Shot 2024 06 13 at 3.26.52 AMSince 2015, the annual Bears Ears Partnership (formerly Friends of Cedar Mesa) calendar has highlighted the stunning scenery and the immense cultural significance of Southeast Utah to raise awareness for increased protections of this important cultural landscape and fundraise for our programs.

It’s that time of year again to go through your favorite images of the Bears Ears region, and pick out a few to share with BEP. To have your images considered for the 2025 Bears Ears Partnership Calendar, please submit by Friday, August 8th to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 Some tips and guidelines for your photo submissions: 

  • Photos should be landscape (not portrait) in dimension.
  • For now, you can send lower resolution files, but we will need the full-resolution version of the photo for printing: e.g. 11.25” x 8.75” (including bleeds) at 300dpi, with multiple megapixels here.
  • Color mode: CMYK
  • File type: jpg or tif
  • BEP reserves the right to color correct or resize the image to fit calendar needs. If we feel the need to crop your image, BEP will contact you for artistic approval.
  • We love to showcase photos from every season– we’re always looking for more autumn and winter snapshots. 

We ask that you only send images of cultural sites that are considered “public sites” (designated by land management or by Indigenous partners). Public sites are as follows: River House, Bradford Ruin, Three Kiva Pueblo, Butler Wash Ruin Overlook and Trail, Mule Canyon Kiva, Arch Canyon Interpretive Site, House on Fire, Moonhouse, Junction Ruin, Turkey Pen, Split Level Ruin, Bannister Ruin, and Perfect Kiva. Please also refrain from sending pictures of pictographs or petroglyphs. 

As visitors to the greater Bears Ears region, it is our responsibility to respect its natural and cultural resources both out of respect to the region’s Tribes and Pueblos, and for all visitors who come next. We ask that all visitors – photographers included – adhere to Visit With Respect guidelines, while out on the landscape. Practicing guidelines such as View Sites from a Distance, Steer Clear of Walls, and Don’t Bust the Crust are just a few ways that you can show your respect for the Bears Ears landscape and all who love it. Please remember that you’re responsible for not only the photos you take, but your actions in the field. To familiarize yourself with the rest of the Visit With Respect guidelines, visit: https://bearsearspartnership.org/visit-with-respect 

We invite anyone (photographer or not) to submit a short testimonial or narrative about what you love about Bears Ears, at 75 words or less (about 2-3 sentences). With this year's release of the draft Monument Management Plan – the result of many years of Indigenous-led collaboration – this calendar is one way to capture the outpouring of community support.

Please specify in your email if you give Bears Ears Partnership permission to use your submitted image(s) for the organization’s marketing, advertising, and/or promotional purposes in addition to or instead of the 2025 Bears Ears Partnership annual calendar.

Photographs will be chosen in August. If your photograph is selected, you’ll be notified by the end of the month! If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..