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UCA Photo Contest

Theme: Critical Work: Education, Professionalism, Pride

Deadline: Friday, June 12, 2020

About the Theme

This year's theme is "Critical Work: Education, Professionalism, Pride”. Share your best photos that show how the underground workforce exemplifies these traits.

This is your chance to share your images with others and give the public a different view of the tunneling and underground construction industry!

Submitting Your Photos

Submissions will be accepted starting Monday, May 4, 2020, through Friday, June 12, 2020. All submissions must be made online using the online submission form. Each participant may submit up to three (3) images for consideration. Open to all industry members, no membership required.

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to win some awesome prizes and to have your image showcased at Cutting Edge Conference 2020 in Dallas, Texas.

Submit Photos

Prize Packages:

  • All: Photos displayed at Cutting Edge 2020 in Dallas, Texas.
  • First Place: Cover of Tunneling & Underground Construction magazine and 1 year of SME Membership.
  • Second & Third Place: 1 year of UCA of SME Membership
  • Honorable Mentions: UCA Swag


  • This contest is open to anyone in the Tunneling and Underground Construction Industry. (Sorry, 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 once.
  • 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 Monday, May 4, 2020 through Friday, June 12, 2020. 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 of SME and SME 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 of SME and SME 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 (2021).
  • UCA of SME and SME 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 of SME and SME, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions to the UCA of SME and SME, including but not limited to any misprints or typographical errors. SME 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 of SME and SME 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 of SME and SME.
  • By participating in the contest, you agree to release and hold harmless UCA of SME and SME 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 of SME and SME 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.

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 Christina Martinsen if you need any assistance.

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