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Now Accepting Submissions

Updated: Sep 2, 2020

The inaugural Ellen Fitzgibbon Memorial Photography Competition is now accepting submissions through October 15th. Winners will be announced on December 1st.


The Ellen Fitzgibbon Memorial Photography Competition was established in memory of Ellen Fitzgibbon, veterinarian, outdoor enthusiast, and photographer, who used her artwork to raise awareness of ovarian cancer, the disease to which she lost her life on June 8, 2018.


Interested photographers are invited to submit nature photographs to compete for prizes of $1,500 and $1,000. Winning photographs will be donated to cancer hospitals across the country, in keeping with Ellen’s legacy of bringing “hope and beauty to those facing cancer.”


Our competition has opened today, September 1st, to coincide with Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, and our hope is that Ellen’s story will help educate women on this deadly disease. Please take a moment to read and share the following facts:

  • Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from all gynecologic cancers and the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the United States.

  • The American Cancer Society estimates that about 22,000 American women will be diagnosed this year and 13,850 will die of the disease. 

  • Ovarian cancer symptoms are non-specific and there is no effective screening test for the disease. As a result, only 20 percent of all ovarian cancer cases are caught at an early stage.  

Additional information on ovarian cancer research and resources can be found at the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance.

For more information on the competition, please visit and follow us here:, Instagram and Facebook

We wish all of our participants good luck and look forward to receiving their inspiring photographs!

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