Summer's calling and it's time to get back to nature! This year's Outside Contest is brought to you in part by AMC's The American West -- an 8-episode limited event series chronicling the personal stories of Western legends such as Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull.

The prize list is packed with coveted gear from Kodiak, Pendleton, Lodge, Litho Hammocks, REI, Therm-a-rest and more. All outdoor-related projects are eligible as long as they get you outside. There's also a special judges' prize for survival projects inspired by the Wild West. So lasso up your best ideas for the great outdoors, and get making!

Want more contests? Check out Instructables' current contests here!

Tune in to the premiere of The American West, Saturdays at 10/9c on AMC and prepare to be transported to the world of cowboys, Native Americans, outlaws, and lawmen.

The Outside Contest 2016 is closed.

Grand Prize

27 Prizes

Judges' Prize: The American West

One Judges Prize winner for a project inspired by the American west will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:

Third (7)

Seven Third Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (10)

Ten Runner Up Prize winners will receive:
How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Jun 6, 2016 and Aug 29, 2016 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Outside Contest 2016. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.