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Winners of the 2024 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest Announced

Photo: John Denney III took first place in the State Parks Category of the 2024 contest with this image of a hiker at Pulpit Rock in Cheaha State Park.

John Denney III took first place in the State Parks Category of the 2024 contest with this image of a hiker at Pulpit Rock in Cheaha State Park.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) is excited to announce the winners of the 2024 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest. As usual, the judges had a very difficult time selecting the winning photos from the nearly 2,000 images that were entered.

“The diversity of Alabama’s landscapes, native plants, wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities make it a photographer’s paradise,” said Chris Blankenship, ADCNR Commissioner. “From the mountains in north Alabama to the state’s Gulf Coast, the winning images in this year’s Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest highlight the natural beauty of our state. Congrats to all of the winners!”

Sponsors of the 2024 photo contest include Alabama State Parks, the Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association and the Alabama Tourism Department. Each winner will receive a prize pack and be featured in a traveling exhibit throughout 2024. When the traveling exhibit schedule is finalized, it will be posted on

Click here to see the winners!

Categories and Winners

Alabama State Parks
1st Place - John Denney III, Pulpit Rock at Cheaha State Park
2nd Place - Brad Lackey, Desoto Falls at Desoto State Park
3rd Place - Tamara Neal, Peavine Falls at Oak Mountain State Park
Honorable Mention - Tony Triolo, South Sauty Creek at Buck’s Pocket State Park

1st Place - Christopher Baker, Great Blue Heron in Madison
2nd Place - Richard Curtin, Eastern Wild Turkey in McClellan
3rd Place - Debra Lucas, Great Egret in Maplesville
Honorable Mention - Jim Flynn, Red-bellied Woodpecker in Albertville

1st Place - Brad Lackey, White-tailed Fawn in Guntersville
2nd Place - Chris Jessee, Black Bear Cub in Saraland
3rd Place - Cristal Fowler, Red Fox in Auburn
Honorable Mention - Michelle White, Eastern Gray Squirrel in Northport

Cold-Blooded Critters
1st Place - Christopher Baker, Tree Frog in Madison
2nd Place - Timothy Huber, American Alligator at Meaher State Park
3rd Place - Arthur Davis, Green Tree Frog in Bay Minette
Honorable Mention - Matt Dees, Timber Rattlesnake at the Mobile County Environmental Studies Center

Bugs and Butterflies
1st Place - Karen Chiasson, Imperial Moth Caterpillar at Blakeley Historic State Park
2nd Place - Christopher Baker, Bee in Huntsville
3rd Place - Peter Marting, Robber Fly Eating a Bee in Auburn
Honorable Mention - Jim Flynn, Swallowtail on a Zinnia Bloom in Albertville

Sweet Home Alabama
1st Place - Cole Smith, U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville
2nd Place - Drew Senter, Cotton Field in Calhoun County
3rd Place - Gwen Ainsworth, Sand Island Lighthouse
Honorable Mention - Lisa Floyd, Mardi Gras Parade in Fairhope

Nature-Based Recreation
1st Place - Christopher Baker, Winter Fishing in Madison
2nd Place - Brent Eanes, Dauphin Island Surf Fishing at Sunset
3rd Place - Benjamin Smith, Water Skiing in Tuscaloosa
Honorable Mention - Katie Gwinn, Biking at Oak Mountain State Park

Shoots and Roots
1st Place - Gene Tilley, Forked Bluecurls in Ethelsville
2nd Place - Denetiza Jones, Southern Magnolia in Cordova
3rd Place - Karen Chiasson, Orange-fringed Orchid at Splinter Hill Bog in Baldwin County
Honorable Mention - Gene Tilley, Hazel Alder in Ethelsville

1st Place - Christopher Baker, Mardis Mill Falls in Blountsville
2nd Place - John Denney III, Train Trestle Over Lake Martin
3rd Place - Brent Eanes, Bayou La Batre Shrimping Fleet
Honorable Mention - Arthur Davis, Splinter Hill Pitcher Plant Bog in Baldwin County

Young Photographers
1st Place - Emerson Barnett (age 14), Crab in the Fowl River at Theodore
2nd Place - Hayden Graham (age 14), Roland Cooper State Park
3rd Place - Urvi Mysore (age 16), Noccalula Falls in Gadsden
Honorable Mention - Linley Higginbotham (age 10), Flower in Decatur

For more information about the Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest, visit

ADCNR promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. Learn more at


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