UCA Photo Contest

Share your unique view of tunneling beginning April 1, 2022.

Submit your favorite images and show the public an inside view of the underground construction industry - and you could win a cash prize!!

Theme: Critical Innovation: Developing Infrastructure for Tomorrow

Deadline: Monday, May 16, 2022

About the Theme

This year's theme is "Critical Innovation: Developing Infrastructure for Tomorrow". 

Innovative techniques are the building blocks of the future. We want to see pictures of new technology and the professionals contributing to their implementation. What improvements on the tunneling and underground construction do you see? How are you or your teams helping to improve the industry? Is there something special about a project being worked on that is helping to pave the way for future projects or elevates process? Submit up to three images showing innovations in tunneling for an opportunity to win.

Prize Packages:

  • First Place: USD$500 and 1 year of UCA Membership

  • Second Place: USD$250 and 1 year of UCA Membership

  • Third Place: USD$100 and 1 year of UCA Membership

  • Honorable Mentions: Super cool UCA Swag!

  • ALL Winning Photos: Displayed at 2022 North American Tunneling Conference (NAT) in Philadelphia, PA


  • This contest is open to anyone in the tunneling and underground construction industry (no employees of UCA, SME, or their immediate families qualify!).
  • Any level of photographer may enter as long as they do not receive a major part of their income from photography.
  • Only three images may be submitted per person. Most recent entry will be used if you submit more than three.
  • Image cropping is allowed and any aspect ratio is permitted. Photos may be enhanced or altered to remove spots, changing exposure, sharpening, changing contrast and adjusting the color to be more natural. Composite images are not allowed.
  • Entries will only be accepted through the website starting Friday, April 1, 2022 through Monday, May 16, 2022. No mailed or emailed entries will be allowed. Only .jpg formatted images will be accepted. Image size must be at least 8x10 at 300dpi, but not larger than 5mb.
  • Your entry in the contest constitutes your agreement to allow your photographs and your name (where room allows) to be published in our magazines, on our websites and for promotions including, but not limited to: exhibit displays, online photos for web pages, meeting icons, brochures and membership pamphlets. Photographers retain the copyright to their photographs.
  • By entering, participants warrant that their entry materials are original, do not infringe on any third party's rights, and that participant has obtained any necessary permissions from any third party if a third party or third party's property appears in the photograph. UCA reserves the right to disqualify any entry if it finds in its sole discretion that any of the foregoing warranties are not true. Photographs deemed inappropriate will be disqualified. Decisions of UCA shall be final and binding.
  • Images may not be published by other companies, websites or used in printed materials until July of the year following the contest (2023).
  • UCA is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the UCA, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions to the UCA, including but not limited to any misprints or typographical errors. UCA assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. UCA is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer equipment, servers, providers, computer on-line systems, software, or failure of email on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, including injury or damage to participant's or to any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating or uploading images or information to the UCA.
  • By participating in the contest, you agree to release and hold harmless UCA and its employees, officers, affiliates, agents, and advertising and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind resulting from your participation in this contest, including infringement of intellectual property rights. UCA and its employees, officers, affiliates, agents, and advertising and promotional agencies assume no responsibility or liability for any damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind arising in whole or in part from this contest.
  • You will need a photographic release form filled out by any person in your photographs or by a property owner, so please download the appropriate form below and retain for your records.

Permission for Photography of Person Permission for Photography of Property

All winning images and honorable mentions will be displayed in the online gallery with photo credit. Images may also appear in future issues of Tunneling & Underground Construction, Mining Engineering and on the UCA and/or SME websites to promote future events.

*All prizes subject to availability. Please contact Marketing if you need any assistance.