The Great Outdoors In ETX
This category is in support of Texas Parks & Wildlife.East Texas has some of the most beautiful parks and forests in Texas. We want to see how you view these amazing areas – the lakes, camping, fishing, outdoor recreation, and the wildlife…to name a few.
Winner in this category will receive $200.
You are able to enter up to five (5) photos per category, provided that none of them were entered in a previous year’s edition of the contest. Please note that if you enter a photo in one category, it may not be entered in another – you can only enter it once. For a complete list of FAQ’s, click here.
Labeling/Naming Your Photograph: Images must not be watermarked. All file names should contain the Entrant’s last name, first name and the county where the photograph was taken. An “_” should be used between each of the items. Sequential numbering should be used (1,2,3,4 or 5) to note number of entries per Entrant.
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Aug. 29th to Sept. 26th, 2021
Over $3,000 In Prizes Available!
A big East Texas thank you goes out to all of the sponsors for this contest. Without them, this contest would not be possible.
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Photo Contest FAQ’s
What photos will be eligible for entry?
Photos fitting into any of the contest categories will be eligible provided that they were taken in the 35 counties that encompass the Texas Forest Trail Region in East Texas. The 35 counties are:
Angelina • Anderson • Bowie • Camp • Case • Cherokee • Gregg • Franklin • Hardin • Harrison • Henderson • Houston • Jasper • Jefferson • Marion • Montgomery • Morris • Nacogdoches • Newton • Orange • Panola • Polk • Red River • Rusk • Sabine • San Augustine • San Jacinto • Shelby • Smith • Titus • Trinity • Tyler • Upshur • Walker • Wood
Must photos have been taken during the current contest year to be eligible for entry?
Photos from any year are eligible for entry provided that they have not been
entered in an earlier year’s edition of the contest. If you have good photos taken in the
past, you are urged to enter them.
Will non-digital photos be eligible for entry?
The contest is restricted to digital photographs, but you may convert your non-digital photos to a digital format to make them eligible for entry.
Will I be eligible to enter the contest even if I don’t live in East Texas?
Yes, any photographer is eligible to enter the contest as long as the photo was taken in East Texas.
Will I be eligible to enter, even if I’ve been a winner in a previous year’s edition of the contest?
Yes, all photographers are welcomed and encouraged to enter, including winners of previous contests.
Will I receive credit if my photos are used for publicity, display, or fund raising?
We can’t promise you this, but every attempt will be made to give credit when reasonably possible.
How will the contest entries be judged?
A panel of East Texans will evaluate each entry for creativity, wow factor, and theme related composure.
How many photos will I be able to enter?
You will be able to enter up to five (5) photos per category, provided that none of them were entered in a previous year’s edition of the contest. That means you can enter a total of 50 photos – so get that camera out!
This year, we will be running our contest from August 29, 2022 through September 26, 2022.
Photos must be submitted in .jpg format. Large format photos (original size) are requested as they provide better clarity and resolution of the photo.
Is manipulation of images allowed?
Any manipulation of images must be limited to cropping and minor adjustments of color and contrast. Any other manipulation will make the photo ineligible for entry.
By entering, will I give up the copyright for my photo?
You must be the original owner of the copyright for your photo to be eligible for entry, and you will retain this copyright. By submitting an entry, you will give permission for royalty-free use of your entered photograph for publicity, display, and fund-raising.
When will the winners be announced?
The winners will be announced once the contest closes. Check back on texas.dream.press for updates on the contest.
What if I have a question not answered above?
Please feel free to contact the Texas Forest Trail via our contact us page by clicking here
For complete photo contest rules and criteria, click here
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