Art and Photo Contests

Calling all shutterbugs and artists!

Parks are one of the best places to capture the natural beauty of the world around us. There really is no better source of inspiration to bring out the photographer and artist in all of us, which is why we’ve compiled this handy list of art and photo contests to make it easy to share that creativity with the rest of the world. There are plenty of opportunities to have your work proudly displayed in a gallery, stamp, magazine, calendar or online album. Don’t worry about your skill level as many of the these events are catered towards novices and non-professionals. Plus, there are several open to children so even your kids can get in on the fun!

Some of these art and photo contests are hosted by state agencies and some by non-profit organizations. However, all of them are directly related to state parks so expect to take a trip to the park to participate. Along with your camera, don’t forget to download one of our Pocket Ranger® apps on your mobile device to help you navigate through the park grounds and trails. Before you begin, take time to read through the rules and guidelines as eligibility conditions will vary.

Now it’s time to get out there and join in on the fun! Capture in a photograph or piece of art the striking beauty of wildlife, the awe-inspiring majesty of landscapes, or the simple joy of people enjoying nature.

Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest

2015 Birds Category 1st Place Winner in a photo contest  [Image: www.outdooralabama.com]

2015 Birds Category 1st Place Winner [Image: www.outdooralabama.com]

Deadline: October 31, 2015
Eligibility: Open to amateurs only, separate adult and youth divisions
Sponsor: Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Website: outdooralabama.com

California State Parks Foundation Photo Contest

Deadline: Monthly & yearly winners, ongoing
Eligibility: Open to all
Sponsor: California State Parks Foundation
Website: calparks.org

Cheyenne Mountain State Park Photo Contest (Colorado)

Deadline: August 10, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all, separate adult and youth divisions
Sponsor: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Websitecpw.state.co.us

Connecticut Junior Duck Stamp Competition

Deadline: March 15, 2016
Eligibility: Open to youth only
Sponsor: Connecticut Waterfowlers Association
Websitect.gov

Florida State Parks Photo Contest

May 2015 Winner [Image: www.floridastateparks.org]

May 2015 Winner [Image: www.floridastateparks.org]

Deadline: Monthly & yearly winners, ongoing
Eligibility: Open to all 13 years or older
Sponsor: Florida Department of Environmental Protection / Friends of Florida State Parks, Inc.
Websitefloridastateparks.org

Cloudland Canyon State Park Annual Photo Contest (Georgia)

Deadline: December 2015
Eligibility: Open to all
Sponsor: Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Websitegastateparks.org

Georgia State Parks Instagram Contest

Deadline: Weekly winners, from June 8, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all
Sponsor: Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Websitegastateparks.org

Wild About Kansas Photo Contest

Deadline: October 23, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all, separate adult and youth divisions
Sponsor: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Websiteksoutdoors.com

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Photography Weekend (Kentucky)

Deadline: October 16 – 18, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all
Sponsor: Kentucky State Parks
Websiteparks.ky.gov

Minnesota Fish & Wildlife Habitat Stamp Contest

2015 Trout & Salmon Stamp Winner [www.dnr.state.mn.us]

2015 Trout & Salmon Stamp Winner [www.dnr.state.mn.us]

Deadline: Varies from August 14, 2015 to December 18, 2015
Eligibility: Open to Minnesota residents only
Sponsor: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Websitednr.state.mn.us

MissouriDNR Photo Contest

Deadline: August 1, 2015
Eligibility: Open to amateurs only
Sponsor: Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Websitednr.mo.gov

Missouri Snapshots Photo Contest

Deadline: October 31, 2015
Eligibility: Open to amateurs only, separate adult and youth divisions
Sponsor: Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives / Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Websiteruralmissouri.org

NEBRASKAland Magazine Photo Contest

Deadline: July 31, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all, separate adult and youth divisions
Sponsor: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Websiteneblandvm.outdoornebraska.gov

50th Anniversary Photo Challenge (North Dakota)

Deadline: September 7, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all
Sponsor: North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department
Websiteparkrec.nd.gov

50th Anniversary Roscoe’s Coloring Contest (North Dakota)

Roscoe's Coloring Contest [Image: www.parkrec.nd.gov]

Roscoe’s Coloring Contest [Image: www.parkrec.nd.gov]

Deadline: September 30, 2015
Eligibility: Open to youth only
Sponsor: North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department
Websiteparkrec.nd.gov

Pennsylvania Waterfowl Management Stamp Design Contest

Deadline: August 31, 2015
Eligibility: Open to Pennsylvania residents only
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Game Commission
Websiteportal.state.pa.us (PDF)

Washington State Parks Foundation Photo Contest

Deadline: Monthly & yearly winners, ongoing
Eligibility: Open to all
Sponsor: Washington State Parks Foundation
Websitewspf.org

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar Annual Photo Contest

2014 Calendar Winner [Image: friendswiparks.blogspot.com]

2014 Calendar Winner [Image: friendswiparks.blogspot.com]

Deadline: August 31, 2015
Eligibility: Open to all
Sponsor: Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
Websitefriendswiparks.blogspot.com

Buckhorn & Roche-A-Cri State Parks Annual Photo Contest (Wisconsin)

Deadline: September 30 , 2015
Eligibility: Open to all
Sponsor: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources / Friends of Buckhorn State Park / Friends of Roche-A-Cri State Park
Websitednr.wi.gov

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