Coaster101 Photo Contest 2016: Enter Your Photos

Break out those cameras, it’s time to enter your best coaster photos in Coaster101’s annual roller coaster photo contest!

We have three categories to enter this year: original, edited and Instagram. See below for more information on entry categories and contest rules.

Photo entries will be accepted through Monday, July 18, 2016. You can enter your photo(s) using the form at the bottom of this page.

Photo Entry Categories

1. Original

These photos should not be noticeably altered. Minor retouching is acceptable, as are black-and-white photos.


2. Edited

These photos should showcase extensive editing and/or special effects achieved through photo editing software.


3. Instagram

Enter a photo straight from the Instagram mobile photo-sharing platform. You must submit a link to your Instagram photo for this category.

NOTE: Instagram videos may not be entered (this is a photo contest, after all!).


Rules & Information

  • Photos may be entered through Monday, July 18, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • Participants may submit one photo per category.
  • Photos may be no larger than 2mb in size.
  • Photos must be submitted in the JPEG (.JPG or. JPEG) format.
  • The photo submitted must have been taken by the entrant.
  • Entries should contain at least one roller coaster in the photo.
  • By entering a photo, the photographer agrees to allow Coaster101 to (1) post the photo on, C101’s social media pages (including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and (2) use the photo for future photo contest promotions.

Need help taking your winning shot? Read our two-part Park Photography Tips & Tricks feature.


Voting will begin soon after the entry period concludes and will last for one week. Voters will choose their favorite photo from each category. Voters may vote only once.

Along with voting conducted on the website, each category will also have its own gallery on our Facebook page. Additional votes will be given for each Facebook “like” the photo receives.

New this year: all photos entered in the “Instagram” category will be posted on our Instagram page, where additional votes can be earned for each “like” the photo receives. Instagram entries can also earn votes on the website voting form and the Facebook gallery.


A first place winner will be named for each category, as determined by readers’ votes.

New this year: Each category will also feature a “C101’s Choice” winner as selected by Coaster101 writers.

Both first place and “C101’s Choice” winners will receive a Coaster101 prize pack including prizes from parks across the country as well as a print of their winning photo.

Enter Your Photo

UPDATE: The entry period has ended. Vote for your favorite photos here through Tue. July 26, 2016.

Best of luck to all who are entering! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a question in the comments section below or contact us.

See last year’s winning photographs here.

Need tips for taking that perfect theme park picture? Read our two-part series on park photography tips and tricks:

Part 1: Your camera and taking the shot

Part 2: Editing and sharing