Orange Beach Wave - photo by Sam Sumlin
This year's photo contest is a joint project between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), the Alabama Tourism Department (Tourism) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alabama (USFWS).
The contest is open to adults and youth. A total of 10 photos per person may be entered in the following categories. You may enter all 10 in one category or divide the 10 among several categories.
Find a Refuge – Recreational activities, wildlife or landscapes in National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alabama. The list of NWR in Alabama is found at https://www.fws.gov/refuges/refugeLocatorMaps/Alabama.html. Each NWR offers a multitude of activities including wildlife viewing, hiking, boating, fishing and more. Extreme close-ups of wildlife should be entered in the other appropriate categories. When entering this category, please note the name of the NWR in the description. NEW CATEGORY!
Birds of a Feather – Native songbirds, hummingbirds, game birds and raptors.
Watchable Wildlife – This category includes native mammals such as deer, squirrels, foxes and almost anything else with fur (pets and livestock excluded).
Cold-blooded Critters – This category includes turtles, frogs, snakes, lizards, salamanders and fish.
Bugs and Butterflies – May include bugs, insects and arthropods. Bees, butterflies, centipedes, dragonflies and spiders fall into this category.
State Parks – Scenics or people taking part in recreational activities in parks operated by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The list of eligible parks is found at www.alapark.com. When entering this category, please note the name of the State Park in the description.
Sweet Home Alabama – Photos in which natural landmarks, scenery or inanimate objects are prominent; site location required for this category.
Coastal Life – Photos for this category can be anything related to Alabama’s beaches, southernmost bayous and piers. Photos taken of dolphins and beach animals such as crabs, jellyfish and starfish fall into this category. People saltwater fishing or casting nets should also be entered in this category. All birds should be entered in the Birds of a Feather category.
Nature-Based Recreation – These photos must have people in them. Examples are people enjoying recreation such as boating, paddling, fishing, hiking, skeet shooting, hunting and camping (organized team sports are excluded).
Shoots and Roots – Wildflowers, foliage, fruiting bodies, other parts of plants or trees can be entered in this category (cultivated flowers, shrubs, etc. are excluded).
Waterfalls – Photos of waterfalls on public or private land are eligible. Photos may have people in them, but the waterfall must be the prominent feature.
Young Photographer – Youth through 15 years of age will compete amongst themselves in this category. Subject matter can be any of the categories above. (Age 16 and up should enter any of the other categories.)
- Entries will be accepted online at www.outdooralabama.com between June 1 - October 31, 2019.
- The contest is open to any amateur photographer except employees of ADCNR and members of their immediate families. An amateur is defined as someone who does not earn the majority of his or her living from photography.
- Photos taken between 2017 and 2019 are eligible.
- All photos must have been taken in Alabama.
- Eligible format is high quality digital images only.
- Submitted photos should not have a visible name, date, border or any type of watermark.
- File size is limited to 10 MB.
- Photographer may enter up to 10 photos, all in one category or mixed.
- Each photo must be described during the upload process (species, location, etc.).
- Minor adjustments of color/contrast, sharpening, spotting, dodging and burning are acceptable. Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying special effects such as collage, photo composites or HDR are not acceptable and will be disqualified.
- Judges will make selections based on quality, composition, content, originality, uniqueness, creativity and general appeal.
Winners will be notified by email no later than January 15, 2020. First, second, third and honorable mention winners will be selected in all categories. The judges reserve the right to decide whether a category contains work that merits awards.
Prizes will be awarded to each winning photographer along with recognition in the traveling exhibit. Prizes may include items courtesy of ADCNR, Tourism or the USFWS.
The winning photos will be displayed in a traveling exhibit around Alabama during 2020.
By submitting an entry, photographers grant permission to the ADCNR/Tourism/USFWS to use these images online and in print, and may distribute them for non-commercial purposes with photo credits – including, but not limited to, educational and news purposes − to other media, print, digital, online services and television for their use. However, the photographer also retains the right to use the photo in any way he or she chooses.
For More Information
Write to Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest, 64 N. Union St., Ste. 106, Montgomery, AL 36130