Annual Photo Contest Focuses On Kids

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Contest deadline is November 5; entries should reflect youth interacting with nature

COLUMBUS, OH – Children learning about wildlife and nature along a state park trailway, near a creek, around the campfire or at a naturalist program is the theme of the Ohio State Parks 2008 Photo Contest – part of the statewide “Explore the Outdoors” campaign.

Parents, guardians, scoutmasters, 4-H leaders and other adults involved in youth activities are encouraged to capture images of kids connecting with nature in one of Ohio’s 74 state parks and submit those photos for the competition. Professional photographs will be accepted.

Winning photographs will be featured at and in the 2009 spring/summer issue of the Ohio State Parks magazine.

Explore the Outdoors is an ongoing initiative of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) that encourages children – especially those in elementary school – to turn off their computers, video games and televisions and reconnect with the natural world.

To enter, send a 5-inch by 7-inch color or black/white print to

Ohio State Parks Photo Contest
2045 Morse Road, Building C-3
Columbus, Ohio 43229

The deadline for submissions is November 5.

All entries must be taken in a state park during 2008, with no more than three entries per photographer. Each photo must display the following information on the back:

  • Entrant’s name,
  • Address,
  • Daytime phone number,
  • Location/park depicted in the photo and
  • Date of photo.
  • Captions are optional

Professional photographers (persons earning more than 50 percent of their income from photography) must include a publication rights release. Employees of Ohio State Parks and their families are not eligible to enter the contest.

All photo entries become the property of ODNR for use in publications and promotional materials.