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from State Parks and Trails

Photos entered in this contest must feature a scene from a Minnesota State Park or State Trail.

Enter up to 5 photos total, in any combination of categories:

Northwest State Parks

Big Bog
Buffalo River
Crow Wing
Cuyuna Country
Franz Jevne
Garden Island
Glendalough
Hayes Lake
Itasca
Lake Bemidji
Lake Bronson
La Salle Lake
Maplewood
Old Mill
Red River
Scenic
Schoolcraft
Zippel Bay

Northeast State Parks

Bear Head Lake
Cascade River
George Crosby Manitou
Gooseberry Falls
Grand Portage
Hill Annex Mine
Jay Cooke
Judge CR Magney
Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine
McCarthy Beach
Moose Lake
Savanna Portage
Split Rock Lighthouse
Temperance River
Tettegouche

Southeast State Park

Afton
Banning
Beaver Creek Valley
Carley
Forestville/Mystery Cave
Fort Snelling
Frontenac
Great River Bluffs
Interstate
John A Latsch
Lake Louise
Myre Big Island
Nerstrand Big Woods
Rice Lake
St. Croix
Whitewater
Wild River
William O’Brien

Southwest State Parks

Big Stone Lake
Blue Mounds
Camden
Charles A lindbergh
Father Hennepin
Flandrau
Fort Ridgley
Glacial Lakes
Greenleaf Lake
Kilen Woods
Lac qui Parle
Lake Carlos
Lake Maria
Lake Shetek
Mill Lacs Kathio
Minneopa
Minnesota Valley
Monson Lake
Sakatah Lake
Sibley
Split Rock Creek
Upper Sioux Agency

Minnesota State Trails
(non-motorized)

Blazing Star
Brown’s Creek
Casey Jones
Central Lakes
Cuyuna Lakes
Douglas
Gateway
Gitchi-Gami
Glacial Lakes
Goodhue Pioneer
Great River Ridge
Harmony-Preston Valley
Heartland
Luce Line
Mill Towns
Minnesota Valley
Paul Bunyan
Root River
Sakatah Singing Hills
Shooting Star
Willard Munger

Deadline

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020

Timeline

Aug. 31 – Submission deadline

Sep. 1 – 15 – Judging selection process

Sep. 16 – Winners announced online and on social media

Guidelines

Details and judging criteria

Photo requirements

Limit of 5 photos per photographer in any combination of categories.

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 and at least 2MB and preferably 300 dpi and of sufficient quality to use in print publications.

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 or beauty of that park or trail. Photos from any season is welcome.

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

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

Prizes

Minnesota State Parks Gift Cards

Winners will receive a variety of prizes, including:

Gift Cards

State Parks Gift Card

A total of $600 in Minnesota State Parks Gift Cards will be awarded to the top three winners from each of the 5 categories:

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


2021 Calendar

Cover of our 2020 Calendar

All photos (not just the winners) have the potential to be featured with photographer credit in our 2021 calendar. Any photographer whose photo is selected will receive two copies of the calendar, plus a discount on any additional copies. Note: we receive very few non-summer photos, so if you’d like to be featured in the calendar your chances are better if you submit a spring or winter photo.


Magazine Feature

four issues of Minnesota Trails Magazine

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.


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.

Photo Gallery - 2020 Submissions

Photos will appear below within a few days of being submitted

Outline of Minnesota with NW corner green

Northwest State Parks

Big Bog  |  Buffalo River  |  Crow Wing  |  Cuyuna Country  |  Franz Jevne |  Garden Island |  Glendalough |  Hayes Lake |  Itasca |  Lake Bemidji  |  Lake Bronson |  La Salle Lake |  Maplewood |  Old Mill |  Red River |  Scenic |  Schoolcraft |  Zippel Bay

Minnesota Outline with NE corner tan

Northeast State Parks

Bear Head Lake  |  Cascade River |  George Crosby Manitou |  Gooseberry Falls |  Grand Portage
Hill Annex Mine | Jay Cooke |  Judge CR Magney |  Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine |  McCarthy Beach  |  Moose Lake |  Savanna Portage |  Split Rock Lighthouse |  Temperance River |  Tettegouche

Minnesota Outline with SW corner blue

Southwest State Parks

Big Stone Lake  |  Blue Mounds |  Camden |  Charles A lindbergh |  Father Hennepin |  Flandrau |  Fort Ridgley  |  Glacial Lakes |  Greenleaf Lake |  Kilen Woods |  Lac qui Parle |  Lake Carlos |  Lake Maria |  Lake Shetek  |  Mill Lacs Kathio |  Minneopa |  Minnesota Valley |  Monson Lake |  Sakatah Lake |  Sibley |  Split Rock Creek |  Upper Sioux Agency

Minnesota Outline with SE corner yellow

Southeast State Parks

Afton  |  Banning |  Beaver Creek Valley |  Carley |  Forestville/Mystery Cave |  Fort Snelling |  Frontenac |  Great River Bluffs |  Interstate |  John A Latsch |  Lake Louise |  Myre Big Island |  Nerstrand Big Woods |  Rice Lake |  St. Croix |  Whitewater |  Wild River |  William O’Brien

Minnesota Outline with trails

State Trails (non-motorized)

Blazing Star  |  Brown’s Creek |  Casey Jones |  Central Lakes |  Cuyuna Lakes |  Douglas |  Gateway |  Gitchi-Gami |  Glacial Lakes |  Goodhue Pioneer |  Great River Ridge |  Harmony-Preston Valley |  Heartland |  Luce Line  |  Mill Towns |  Minnesota Valley |  Paul Bunyan |  Root River |  Sakatah Singing Hills |  Shooting Star |
Willard Munger