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 & Plant life ~ Photos featuring the birds, critters, flowers, insects and all the wild life that makes parks and trails so special.
  • 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 plus your photo featured in Minnesota Trails Magazine  |  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: Scenic Beauty

Below are the photos submitted to the Scenic Beauty category of the 2018 photo contest.

Category: Wildlife & Plant life

Below are the photos submitted to the Wildlife & Plant life category of the 2018 photo contest.

Category: People

Below are the photos submitted to the People category of the 2018 photo contest.