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2019 Photo Contest

Take & Submit Photos

of State Parks and Trails
in summer, fall, winter or spring

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Share your photos from any Minnesota State Park or State Trail that represent one of the four distinct seasons we enjoy in this state, however you enjoy seeing or being in it.

Before the Deadline

Saturday
Aug. 31, 2019

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Timeline

Aug. 31 – Submission deadline

Sep. 1 – 15 – Judging selection process

Sep. 16 – Winners announced online and on social media

Follow the Guidelines

Some details and
judging criteria

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Photo requirements

Limit of 4 photos per photographer.

Photo must be submitted by the photographer who has full rights (e.g., copyright has not been sold to another person or entity)

Photo must be in .jpeg or .jpg format

Photo must not depict anything against the rules of the park or trail where photo was taken.

Judging Criteria

A panel of judges will be choosing the winners using the following criteria:

1. Content – capturing the unique qualities/experiences/beauty of that park or trail and its seasonality.

2. Composition – the framing and balance of elements within the shot.

3. Technical Quality – the lighting, crispness, color, focus of the shot.

Win Prizes

Framed photo at the Park +
Gift Cards + more

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Winners will receive a variety of prizes.

Gift Cards

A total of $480 in Minnesota State Parks Gift Cards will be awarded to the top three winners from each of the 4 categories:

1st = $50 value
2nd = $40 value
3rd = $30 value

Framed & Displayed at Park

First place photos from each category will be printed, framed and displayed with plaque at the state park (or nearest park with requisite visitor facility) for a set period of time (exact time to be determined, but under a year).

Magazine Feature

First place photos from each category will be published in Minnesota Trails Magazine, which is distributed to all state parks and many bike shops, plus mailed to P&TC members.

2020 Calendar

All photos have the potential to be featured (with photographer credit) as a month in our 2020 calendar. Any photographer whose photo is selected will receive two copies of the calendar, plus a discount on any additional copies.

Recognition on Website & Social Media

All submitted photos (that abide by the rules and criteria) will be displayed on this page of our website and winners will recognized.

All winning photographs will be recognized on our Facebook  and Instagram pages.

Submissions Showcase by Category

Winter  ●  Spring  ●  Summer  ●  Fall

Winter Submissions

Currently displaying last year's submissions. 2019 submissions will be displayed here once submitted and approved.
Please allow 2 business days for your photo to be added. Thank you to everyone who shares!

Spring

Please allow 2 business days for your photo to be added. Thank you to everyone who shares!

Summer Submissions

Please allow 2 business days for your photo to be added. Thank you to everyone who shares!

Fall Submissions

Currently displaying last year's submissions. 2019 submissions will be displayed here once submitted and approved.
Please allow 2 business days for your photo to be added. Thank you to everyone who shares!