For the third consecutive year, Rural Missouri and Missouri State Parks have teamed up to sponsor the Missouri Snapshots Photo Contest. Amateur photographers across Missouri will have a chance to showcase their talents and win one of five State Park Getaway Packages valued at $500.
The contest, which was announced in the magazine’s May issue, features five categories for adults and a category specifically for photographers age 17 and younger. In all six categories, a first-, second- and third-place winner will be selected. Winning entries will be published in the January 2014 issue of Rural Missouri.
New this year is the option of entering photographs in the contest using the Web site, Flickr.
The themes for this year’s categories include “Capture the Beauty,” “Spend the Night,” “Catch Your Limit,” “Discover the Past,” “Hit the Trails” and “Share the Wonder.” All photographs entered must have been taken at one of Missouri’s 87 state parks or historic sites. Entries will be judged on sharpness, composition, lighting, creativity and adherence to the category’s theme.
In the categories for adults, each first-place photographer will win a Missouri State Park Getaway Package that will be tailored to the winner’s recreational interests. Valued at $500, the package will include lodging, meals and a state park activity. Second-place winners will win a $100 Missouri State Parks gift card. Each third-place photographer will win a $50 Missouri State Parks gift card. In the youth category, the first-, second- and third-place photographers will win $100, $50 and $25 Missouri State Parks gift cards, respectively.
The contest is open to amateur photographers only. Deadline to enter is Friday, Oct. 25. For instructions on entering online, visit www.flickr.com/groups/mo-snapshots13. Those who wish to enter a print may find more details at www.ruralmissouri.coop/photocontest.php.