Celebration of Adventure

Event Date to be determined for 2022.

celebrate adventureIn honor of the strong history of adventure at Fort Lewis College, we will be celebrating the adventure achievements of Fort Lewis Students with an evening of film and photo. Prizes will be awarded for the best of all photo and film entries. The Seek Your Adventure Grant will also be awarded to the best application.

Photo Contest


  • Landscape: Photographs of large-scale scenes of nature as one might see while participating in human/natural powered outdoor recreational activities. No man-made structures.
  • Action Adventure Lifestyle: Photographs of people participating in human/natural powered outdoor recreational activities.
  • Photo Essay: Submit 5-10 photos that tell a visual story. Whether it's an outdoor adventure, still-life series, or a story of a specific person. Please provide a caption of at least a few sentences accompanying your essay. 

Photography Awards

Each category will be awarded $150 (1st); $75 (2nd); and $25 (3rd). Please know that receiving these awards has the possibility of impacting your financial aid. Please inquire with Colt Fetters for more information

Photo submissions

Follow these easy steps below.

  1. Submit your photos via Instagram with the hashtag #celebrationofadventureFLC and tag @outdoorpursuitsFLC between December 15th and April 1st.
  2. Please specify which category you are entering via your caption. If your category is not specified, we will categorize it for you.
  3. Please submit no more than 4 entries into each category.
  4. You may be asked to submit a full resolution file via email if you are chosen.

Seek Your Adventure Grant Photo

Have big adventure dreams? OP is pleased to announce funding for Fort Lewis students who dream big and seek to get outside. We will be awarding $500 that can be used towards travel, gear or adventure expenses. The awarded individual(s) will be expected to generate storytelling media of some form and present their trip back to the student population during the annual Celebration of Adventure.For more information and to apply.

Tips and Guidelines for Applications

The very first Celebration of Adventure took place in the Fall of 2018. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members honored and visited with Outdoor Pursuits co-founder and Professor Emeritus of Exercise Science Dolph Kuss as part of Outdoor Pursuits’ 40th anniversary.

About Dolph Kuss

When Dolph Kuss first arrived in Durango in 1953, he says he was "one of the few people other than cattle people who'd ever go into what is now the Weminuche Wilderness Area. I'd come back and people would ask me, 'What did it look like up there?'" Kuss says. Thanks to Kuss and a band of followers, students at Fort Lewis College today don’t have to ask those kinds of questions. Join us for a look at the life and legacy of Dolph Kuss as FLC's Outdoor Pursuits celebrates its 40th year of powering adventure!