Native yellow sunflowers in a field

2018 Photo Contest

Your photos, your special places, all ours to save!

Snap Photos

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Photo Taking Guidelines

  • Must be taken in a state park or trail in Minnesota.
  • Photo must not depict anything against the rules of the park or trail where photo was taken.

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Photo uploading guidelines

  • Enter between May 20 – August 19
  • Photo must have been taken and owned by the person submitting (e.g., copyright has not been sold to another person or entity)
  • Photo must be in .jpeg or .jpg format
  • Limit of 4 photos per person

Choose Your Category

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When you upload your photo you’ll need to choose a category. Photos are judged within the category with a first, second, third in each.

  • People ~ Photos featuring people enjoying parks and trails, whether riding bicycles, skipping rocks, hiking the trail or any way that you and those you visit with enjoy these special places.
  • Wildlife ~ Photos featuring the wildlife in the parks and trails, including plant life.
  • Scenic Beauty ~ Photos featuring the scenic beauty of the parks and trails.

Share & Win

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Your photo will be displayed in the online gallery below and in our future materials. Plus 3 winners in each category will be announced here and on Facebook on Sept. 10, 2018:

1st=$50  |  2nd=$30  |  3rd=$20

Photos are judged on the following criteria:

  • Composition (e.g., framing of the shot, balance of elements)
  • Technical Quality (e.g., lighting, crispness, color, focus, etc.)
  • How well the photo showcases a particular park and trail in Minnesota within each category (e.g., capturing the unique beauty, experience or natural life within the park or trail).

Photo Gallery

Category: People

Below are the photos submitted to the People category of the 2018 photo contest. Photos appear in the order they were submitted. Click on the image square to view the full-sized image.

Category: Wildlife

Below are the photos submitted to the Wildlife category of the 2018 photo contest. Photos appear in the order they were submitted. Click on the image square to view the full-sized image.

Category: Scenic Beauty

Below are the photos submitted to the Scenic Beauty category of the 2018 photo contest. Photos appear in the order they were submitted. Click on the image square to view the full-sized image.