2016 Photo Contest

Winning Photos Selected

Thank you to everyone who shared their photos!

Seeing the beauty that is protected within Minnesota’s parks and trails is worth a thousands words. Help us tell the story of these special places by sharing your amazing photographs.

Our 2016 Contest will be accepting submissions from May 9 – August 20.

First Place Prize!

$250 gift certificate to Minneapolis Frame Shop

to have the photo of your choice professionally framed

$100 Cash Prize

to use however you’d like ~ maybe to outfit your next camping trip? or maybe toward a new camera to capture another great shot?

Your photo will be featured in Minnesota Trails Magazine

The official magazine partner of Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is distributed to 25,000 each issue


Second Place

$75 cash prize

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Your photo will be displayed on our website and Facebook page for all to see


Third Place

$50 cash prize

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Your photo will be displayed on our website and Facebook page for all to see


 

Thank you for participating!

We’re greatly appreciate the generosity of everyone who shares their photo here. You are helping tell the story of these special places that we’re working together to protect and enhance for everyone to enjoy. Thank you!

How it Works

Parks & Trails Council’s 2016 Contest will be accepting submissions from May 9 – August 20.

We’ll update all the submissions we receive to be displayed here weekly with the name of the photographer and the location of the photo.

Submission Guidelines

  • All photos need to be taken in a park or trail in Minnesota.
  • You may upload up to 4 photos
  • Recommended photo size is 300 dpi or 800 x 600 ppi
  • Signatures and/or watermarks with signature are allowed and may be placed on the photograph by the owner. Due to judging and display purposes, please place your copyright or watermark information on the photograph as faint as you deem practical with a balance between the understandable need to protect your images and the community’s interest in promoting the properties. And please know that these watermarks may be cropped out when used for Parks & Trails Council’s materials but usually just for positioning reasons.

 

Judging

All photos will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will choose the top 3 winning photos, which will be announced on August 31. These judges will use the following criteria when deciding which photos advance:

  • Composition
  • Technical quality (e.g., lighting, crispness, natural color, focus, etc.)
  • How well the photo showcases Minnesota parks and trail
Grey Cloud Dunes SNA by Benjamin McKenzie
Border Route Trail by Stephanie Herington
Border Route Trail by Stephanie Herington
Border Route Trail by Stephanie Herington
Murphy Hanrehan by Jen Gallagher

Current Submissions

Take a look at the photos being submitted so far.

View Current Submissions

Past Year's Photos

We began the photo contest in 2015 and received many terrific photos. Take a look at the finalists.

View 2015 Photos
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Carley State Park stroll by Manda Baldwin