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Photo © by Sue Graue
Photo © by Sue Graue
Photo © by Sue Graue
Photo © by Meghan Worrel

The 20th Annual Calendar Photo Contest Now Open

The Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust has begun planning for the 2025 Sutter Buttes Calendar and invites you to participate by submitting photos for consideration.  Deadline for submissions will be April 26, 2024.

Every year, we receive hundreds of photos from extremely talented photographers in the Northern California area, and it is this high quality of artistic photos that has helped make this annual calendar fundraiser a huge success.  Proceeds from the sales of this calendar help to fund the efforts of the non-profit organization to protect the land and natural resources of the Sutter Buttes and surrounding region for present and future generations.

NEW! Student Submission Photo Contest

We have reserved one month of the calendar to specifically feature a student photographer’s work. If you are a student up through high school, have a student, or teach students and would like to submit photos for consideration, please be sure to submit your work with the notation “student submission”, which will be judged separately from other photographers’ submissions! The winner will receive a free hike gift certificate to be used with Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes.

Please note that some of our submission guidelines have been updated. We are looking for images that capture the natural scenic beauty of the Sutter Buttes and the surrounding regions.  Scenes should include but are not limited to, the Sutter Buttes, local farmlands highlighting farming operations or activities in and around the Sutter Buttes, native fauna and flora, geological features, waterfowl habitats, unique natural or weather aerials or landscapes of the Sutter Buttes.

All submissions are judged for originality, expression, and quality.  Each month features a full-page photo and several thumbnails.  All featured photographers will receive full recognition as well as complimentary calendars.  Photos will be chosen and photographers contacted by May 13, 2024.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (530) 755-3568 or by email at

We look forward to seeing your submissions!

Submission Requirements & Directions

Deadline: April 26, 2024. Finalists will be chosen and notified by May 13, 2024


Images must be:

  1. Cropped or formatted to 8 ½ x 11 high resolution at 300dpi
  2. Name image files thus: Last name_ 2023 calendar_ number (1,2,3, etc.)
  3. Be accompanied by a signed non-exclusive license release form
  4. Cell phone camera images will not be accepted


  1. Online via or to
  2. A CD or DVD to:
    Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust
    PO Box 3359
    Yuba City, CA 95992


  1. All photographers chosen for a full page will receive 3 complimentary calendars, full recognition, and their biography included in the back. The photographer chosen for the cover will also receive a special gift and the photographer chosen for the student submission with receive a gift certificate for 1 free hike of their choice good for 1 year.
  2. All photographers chosen for thumbnails will receive 1 complimentary calendar and recognition.
  3. All photographers included in the calendar will be invited to the Photographer’s Reception in the early fall (exact date to be announced) at the Sutter Community Museum with an official unveiling of the calendar and a chance for the photographers to showcase another piece of original artwork at their discretion.

Tips for a successful submission:

  1. Do not overly edit any images or use excessive enhancements. If they look edited, we won’t use them.
  2. Send as many images as you’d like. The more we have to look at, the better your chances are for selection.  Images with the Buttes in them in some capacity will take preference for a main month image.
  3. Do not send large files via email. Our server will reject the email.

Contact Maria Hanhardt at (530) 755-3568 or

We are always accepting submissions so be sure to download the 2024 Photographer Submission and Release Form. All submissions can be sent to any time of the year.

Calendar Sponsorship Opportunities Available! Download the 2024 Calendar Sponsorship Form today and get a jump start on picking which month you would like reserved just for your logo and contact info.

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