The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) announces its photo contest will begin accepting entries on April 1, 2017. The contest is an Alabama Bicentennial joint project between the ADCNR, the Alabama Tourism Department (Tourism) and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT). The photo contest is open to state residents and visitors alike, but qualifying photos must have been taken in Alabama.

Contest coordinator Kim Nix says the bicentennial celebration offered an avenue to partner with Tourism and ALDOT. “This partnership will allow us to reach more potential photographers and to share the winning images with more people. Our goal is to encourage residents and visitors to explore Alabama’s outdoor spaces and document them through photography.” 

The contest is open to adults and youth. A total of 10 photos per person may be entered in the following categories:

  • Birds of a Feather
  • Bugs and Butterflies
  • Coastal Life
  • Cold-blooded Critters
  • Nature-Based Recreation
  • Watchable Wildlife
  • State Park Adventures 
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Shoots and Roots
  • Water Under the Bridge
  • Advanced Amateur
  • Young Photographer

Category explanations and additional entry information may be found at Entry is restricted to the online upload of digital images, which can be completed from a computer, tablet or mobile phone.

The deadline for entries is August. 31, 2017. First, second and third prizes will be awarded in each category, and the winning images will be featured in a traveling display across the state during 2018.

For more information, call 800-262-3151 or email Kim Nix at