2021 Photo Contest

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Photos from MN State Parks

in the following categories: NW * NE * SW * SE


Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

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Oct. 1 – Submission deadline

Oct. 2 – 8 – Judging selection process

Tuesday, Oct. 12 – Winners announced online and on social media


Details and judging criteria

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Limit of 4 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.

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.


Variety of prizes

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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.

Cover of our 2020 CalendarAll photos (not just the winners) have the potential to be featured with photographer credit in our 2022 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.

Gift Card to Minnesota State ParksAwarded as follows for each of the 4 categories.

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

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.

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

New submissions will appear here weekly on Fridays.


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

New submissions will appear here weekly on Fridays.


Minnesota Outline with NE corner tan

Northeast State Parks

Bear Head Lake  |  Cascade River  |  George H. 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

New submissions will appear here weekly on Fridays.

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

New submissions will appear here weekly on Fridays.