Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest Now Open

Alabama is truly a beautiful and spectacular place! From the mountains of North Alabama through the Montgomery River Region to the coast and everywhere in between, the opportunities for award-winning photography are abundant. Outdoor Alabama would like to recognize the breathtaking images captured in Alabama.

The Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest is now accepting entries through October 31, 2019. The contest is a joint project between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Alabama Tourism Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The photo contest is open to state residents and visitors alike, but qualifying photos must have been taken in Alabama.

This photo of a trumpet vine by Carol Eidson placed first in the Shoots and Roots category of last year’s Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest.

This is the 15th year for the photo contest, which encourages people to experience nature, watch wildlife, visit public lands and document it through photos. A new category in this year’s contest is “Find a Refuge,” which is for photos taken on one of Alabama’s 11 National Wildlife Refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alabama. The complete list, which includes Eufaula and Wheeler Refuges, is found at www.fws.gov/refuges/refugeLocatorMaps/Alabama.html.

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
  • Find a Refuge
  • Nature-Based Recreation
  • Shoots and Roots
  • State Park Adventures 
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Watchable Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Young Photographers

Category explanations and additional entry information may be found at http://www.outdooralabama.com/photo-contest. 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 October 31, 2019. First, second, third and one honorable mention will be awarded in each category. Winning images will be featured online and in an exhibit traveling to various venues across the state during 2020.  The schedule can be found online at https://www.outdooralabama.com/photo-exhibit.  An exhibit of the 2019 winning photos is currently on display at the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort through July 12.

See last year’s winning photo

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