The 2010 contest which will be announced in April 2009. Please check back for details.
Outdoor Alabama is pleased to announce its 2009 Photo Contest, with winning entries to be published in the February 2009 issue. The contest is open to any amateur photographer except employees of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and members of their immediate families. An amateur is defined as someone who does not does not earn a living from photography.
Photos must have been taken within the past two years, and previously published images are not eligible. All photos must have been taken in Alabama and species must be native to the state.
All photos must be high quality digital images submitted on a CD-ROM accompanied by an 8x10 print of each photo. Photographers may enter up to 10 photos.
Photos may be entered in the following categories:
Student Snapshots -- Two divisions: Youth ages 6-12 and 13-18 may enter any of the following categories. All entry rules apply.
State Parks -- Recreational activities, park facilities, scenery or events held at any of Alabama's 22 State Parks operated by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Birds -- Native song and game birds.
Mammals -- Native mammals (pets and livestock excluded).
Reptiles and Amphibians -- May include turtles, snakes, lizards, salamanders, etc..
Other Native Wildlife -- May include butterflies, insects, snails, etc.
Scenic/Pictorial -- Photos in which natural landmarks, scenery or inanimate objects are prominent; site location required for this category.
Nature-Based Activities -- people enjoying recreation such as boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, camping (sports such as baseball and football are excluded).
Wild Flora -- wildflowers, foliage, fruiting bodies, other parts of plants or trees (cultivated flowers, shrubs, etc. are excluded)
In addition to having their winning entries printed in Outdoor Alabama, prizes courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors will be awarded to the winners in each category. Certificates will be awarded to first, second and third place winners and honorable mentions.
By submitting an entry, photographers grant permission to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to use photographs in publications or on its Web site. However, the photographer also retains the right to use the photo. No photos will be returned.
The deadline for entering the contest is October 31, 2008, at Entries received after this time will be disqualified.