Monumental Moments | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Monumental Moments

  • Monumental Moments

Share your monumental moments in the Black Hills and Badlands region for a chance to win! The top photo and video entry showcasing your epic vacation experiences will receive a prize worth $200. 


The Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota is full of truly monumental places and experiences. Show us the best photos and videos from your vacation. Whether it’s visiting the region’s parks and monuments, exploring hidden gems, sightseeing on scenic drives, close-up wildlife encounters, making memories at fun attractions, enjoying a memorable meal or quiet moments at a campsite, we want to see it.

March Prize & Sponsor

The winning photo and video will receive a prize package valued at $200 provided by the Black Hills Visitor Information Center. The package includes:

  • A piece of horsehair pottery by Turning Leaf Design
  • A Black Hills-made necklace and earring set from Jewelry by Decory
  • "The Kind Whisper" by Alan Maas
  • Notecard by artist Sandy Swallow
  • A Black Hills hoodie

Monumental Moments

Winner Selection & Notification

An album with the top photo and video submissions will be published on the last Friday of the month. Voting beings at 12 a.m. MT on the last Friday of each month and ends at 11:59 p.m. MT on the Sunday following the last Friday of the month.

The photo and video with the most votes are the winners. Winners will be notified via the email provided on the submission form. The winners will each receive a prize valued at $200. The business that is sponsoring the monthly contest will arrange to deliver the prize to the winners.

Selection Criteria
  • Creativity: The photo/video is unique, interesting and original
  • Composition: The photo/video arranges the object, landscape, people subjects in a pleasant way
  • Relevancy: The photo/video captures the experience of traveling in and through the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota and Black Hills of Wyoming
  • Quality: The photo/video is in focus, the lighting is balanced or intentional
  • Overall Impression/Impact: The photo/video is compelling, impactful and leaves a memorable impression
Rules & Regulations
  • Entry is limited to original works for which the entrant holds all applicable rights.
  • Submissions are accepted through 11:59 pm MT on the 21st of the month. Any submissions received after the 21st will be considered for the following month's contest.
  • Winners will be announced the first week of the following month.
  • Submit photos in JPEG format, no larger than 10MB and no smaller than 500KB.
  • Submit videos in MP4 or MOV format and shot in at least 720p quality, no larger than 256MB.
  • All photographs must be taken in the Black Hills and Badlands regions of South Dakota, which includes the Black Hills of Wyoming.

Read the complete Rules & Regulations.


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Featured Submissions


Panorama Point Sunset

Panorama Point Sunset

Craig Evans

God’s Country
Flowers Gaze at the Sunset
Looking Toward New Horizons
11th Hour Gulch
Canyon Lake Sunset
Cathedral Spires
Taking it up a Notch
Bighorn in the Badlands
Lake Sylvan
The Sleeping Bear
Beaver Creek Bridge
Spearfish Canyon