Photo Guidelines

Please read the Official Contest Rules.


We're seeking amazing photos from amateur photographers that highlight the best of the Ohio State Parks and Watercraft, in these categories:

  1. Friends & Family
  2. Selfie
  3. Wildlife
  4. Camping & Cabins
  5. Outdoor Activities & Boating
  6. Places of Interest & Scenic Views


Photos must be taken on the lands or within the facilities of the ODNR Division of Ohio State Parks and Watercraft


Photographs can be taken at any time. Contest entries are accepted from Start of Contest September 1, 2017 12:00 a.m. ET to November 1, 2017 11:59 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced by December 31, 2017.

How to Submit?

  1. Submit photos at:
  2. Only submit photos you yourself have taken.
  3. Submit photos in JPEG format. Try to ensure that the photo is 3 mb or larger with high resolution (300 DPI) as the winning photos must work in print.
  4. There is a limit of Forty (40) entries total per individual regardless as to the method of entry. Additional entries received from any individual beyond the fortieth entry received from that individual will be void.
  5. Please allow at least 2-3 business days for moderation before your photo appears on the website.

How are the Photos Judged?

Photos will be judged on the following criteria:

(i) originality, (ii) artistic composition, (iii) technical quality, and (iv) whether the photograph showcases the best of the Ohio State Parks camping and outdoor activities. See Prizes here.

Who's Eligible to Enter?

  1. Legal residents of the 50 United States and DC, who are at least 18 years of age and of the age of majority or older in the state of their residence at the time of entry
  2. Amateur Photographers (less than 20 percent of your total income is from photography).
  3. Photographs must be taken by you and you must have the rights to the photo.

Who's Ineligible to Enter?

  1. Employees of the participating agencies and sponsors and their family members are not eligible to win prizes.
  2. Individuals who derive 20 percent or more of their income from photography.

What Not to Do

  1. Do not alter of manipulate photos except for cropping, red eye removal and/or adjustment of contrast and brightness.
  2. Don't break any laws or rules.
  3. Don't do anything unsafe.
  4. Don't photograph anything that is inappropriate, indecent or obscene.

What To Do

  1. Enjoy the outdoors and share it with us!
  2. Tell your friends!
  3. Have fun!

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