The annual Ernst Peterson "Photograph Montana" Contest is accepting entries at the Ravalli County Museum in Hamilton.

The contest brings together a wide variety of amateur photographers with an equally wide variety of categories, including black & white photos.

There is a small entry fee for each photo, and the photos will be displayed in the main exhibit hall on the Museum's second floor, starting February 11th. Awards will include People's Choice and Best in Show.

In previous years, submissions had to be photos from Montana, Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. This year, a new category "Beyond Montana' will allow photos from around the world.

The contest honors the memory of the late Ernst Peterson of Hamilton, whose photos graced the pages of many national circulation magazines and numerous newspapers. He was a great promoter of Montana and the Bitterroot Valley.

Peterson's massive photo collection is housed at the Ravalli County Museum and the staff has been printing some rarely seen snapshots again for display this year.

The deadline for entries is January 30.

There's another feature called "(S)now and Then," in conjunction with the photo contest. I'll have more about that later this week.