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Kentucky State Parks has kicked off its annual photo contest. The three-month contest is accepting photo submissions through Oct. 31.
Participants that enter the photo contest will have the opportunity to choose from the following categories: Camping, Scenic, Trails, and Park Activities. Qualifying submissions will be judged based on originality, artistic composition, technical quality, and whether or not the photograph showcases the best of Kentucky State Parks camping and outdoor activities.
“Our Kentucky State Parks are a place of beauty, from scenic mountain views to tranquil beaches,” said Russ Meyer, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Parks. “This photo contest will not only showcase the magnificence of our parks but encourage travelers to see all the wonderful things our parks offer.”
All submissions will be entered for a chance to win up to $2,550 in prizes. One grand prize winner will receive a two-night cottage stay, Canon EOS Rebel T7 with 18-55mm lens, and $100 Kentucky State Parks gift card. Four honorable mention categories will have first and second place winners. First place category winners will receive a three-night camping certificate and $100 Kentucky State Parks gift card. Second place category winners will receive a two-night camping certificate and $25 Kentucky State Parks gift card.
Kentucky State Parks engaged its trusted partner, Aspira®, to manage the operations and promotion for the contest. Aspira, the leading provider of technology and marketing services to parks and licensing agencies across North America, will utilize its popular online outdoors marketplace, ReserveAmerica.com, to increase awareness of the Kentucky State Parks photo contest.
“Aspira is excited to sponsor and administer the photo contest,” said Graham Ballbach, President, Parks & Licensing at Aspira. “State Parks are valuable to our communities and the photo contest is a great forum to share positive experiences. We are eager to see everyone’s inspiring photos.”
The contest is open to U.S. residents who are 18 and older. Submit entries here.
The winners will be announced in December.