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Montana Meme Contest

Montana Meme Contest 

The 2024 Voting is Final.

Click the 2024 contest collection link below to see the winning memes.

2024 Montana Meme Contest Collection


2023 Montana Meme Contest Collection


The Montana State Library is hosting a contest to create memes (learn what a meme is here) using historical photo collections in the Montana History Portal.


Please keep a few things in mind when creating your entries:

No swearing, crude language, or mean-spirited entries will be accepted (we are a community, after all). 

Do not personally attack the people in the historical images in Montana History Portal. They could be someone’s grandparents!

Be thoughtful about the entries you create—we want to share them with the world and think you can come up with some funny, smart entries.



Browse the images in the History Portal. Once you have identified the image you will use, save the link to that image as you will need that link when submitting your entry. Then click the “download” button in the column to the left of the image. and save the image. 


If the entire collection is too overwhelming, try one of these smaller collections: 


People Historic Homes Tractors Mines and Mining Wagons




Go to your preferred meme generator to upload your image from the History Portal. We recommend or Add your text to the image and save it to your device.




Submit your entry by emailing it to the link based on your age group:

10-18 - Submit here if you are between 10 and 18 years old.

19-40 - Submit here if you are between 19 and 40 years old.

41-120 - Submit here if you are between 41 and 120 years old.

If you have trouble with the above links, you can send your submission to with the subject line: Historical Photo Meme Contest. For your entry to be considered you must include the following information: 

Your name, phone number, and address

Your meme as an attachment

A link to the original image in the History Portal

Your age group:

10-18 or 19-40 or 41-120


New Submission option for Teachers and large group entries

Enter your students as a group. Create a spreadsheet with the following column headings.


Teacher's Name Student's Name Student's Age Link to Image (URL) Title of Image File Name as saved in shared folder

Address to mail student's prize (home address if your school lets out early)

Send the spreadsheet via an email to as an attachment. Within the email body send a link to a cloud-based, shared folder where the meme images are saved - be sure to give us access to the folder. If you do not have the ability to use a cloud-based, shared folder system, let us know. We can share a folder with you to upload the meme files. We would appreciate it if you also included in the email body the name of the school, the town and county where your school is located, your email address and a phone number to call if we have questions about the submissions.




DEADLINE: Submit your entry by Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

FINALISTS SELECTION: Library staff members will review entries and publish the finalists.

On Friday, May 17, 2024, the finalists’ entries will be posted to a collection on the Portal site and opened for voting. 

VOTING: The voting period will run from Friday, May 17 – Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. (MST). The winning memes will be the top two entries in each age group with the most “likes” at the time the voting period ends. Voting is open to all. 



The top meme creators will win gifts from our generous sponsors! More details on prizes will be available soon.




There is no fee to participate in the Montana State Library’s Historical Photograph Meme Contest (“Contest”).

There is no restriction on the number of entries a participant can submit.

Montana State Library does not endorse the content of any memes created for this Contest other than finalists’ entries.

We have the right to reject submissions for violations of, but not limited to, inappropriate content, defamation, or copyright issues.

The Montana State Library reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant or Entry at its sole discretion. No correspondence shall be entered into.

The Montana State Library reserves the right not to select finalists if, at its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received.

Entering the Contest grants the Montana State Library permission to make public and otherwise use an entrant’s name and meme for publicity purposes.

Participation constitutes the entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. By participating in the Contest, the entrant is representing and warranting that he/she has read and understood, and agrees to be bound by, these rules. Including the guides and rules referred to herein, these Official Rules constitute the entire agreement between the entrant and the Montana State Library in relation to the Contest. They govern the entrant’s participation and supersede any prior or other agreements between the entrant and the Montana State Library relating to the Contest.


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