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Calling All Shutterbugs! Capture the Enchantment of Ohio State Parks in the 2024 Photo Contest


Nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and photography aficionados, rejoice! The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft beckons you to participate in a captivating competition – the 2024 Ohio State Parks Photo Contest.

This exciting event offers a platform to showcase your love for Ohio’s breathtaking state parks through the captivating medium of photography. Whether you capture heartwarming moments with loved ones amidst stunning scenery, unveil the hidden wonders of the park’s wildlife, or simply encapsulate the park’s inherent beauty, the contest welcomes you to share your unique perspective.

“We encourage everyone to participate, from seasoned photographers to enthusiastic amateurs,” remarked ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “This contest provides a wonderful opportunity to unleash your creativity and ignite your passion for photography, all while celebrating the charm and diversity of Ohio’s treasured state parks.”

The contest boasts five distinct categories, each designed to spark your creative spirit:

  • Parks and People: Capture the joy of connecting with loved ones amidst the splendor of the parks.
  • Wildlife Wonders: Showcase the captivating creatures that call these parks home.
  • Adventurers Unbound: Document your exhilarating outdoor adventures within the parks.
  • Scenic Landscapes: Unveil the breathtaking vistas and natural beauty that define these landscapes.
  • Historic Horizons: In honor of Ohio State Parks’ 75th anniversary, delve into the parks’ rich history through captivating imagery (Photos in this category can be taken any time).

Participation in the Ohio State Parks Photo Contest is entirely free. Entrants are allowed to submit up to five photographs, with a maximum of one entry per category. All submitted photos must have been captured on or after January 1, 2023.

Here’s the cherry on top – Tyler Technologies, a valued partner and ODNR’s reservation management provider, has stepped up to elevate the contest with incredible prizes! The coveted grand prize for the overall winner is a cutting-edge DJI Osmo Action Camera. Additionally, fantastic prizes await the second and third place overall winners.

But that’s not all! Each category will have a People’s Choice winner who will be rewarded with a night of complimentary camping at any Ohio State Park campground, along with a nifty camping cooking set to fuel your future outdoor adventures.

Intrigued and eager to showcase your photographic prowess? Head over to www.discoverohiostateparks.com for complete information on submission forms and contest rules. Don’t miss out – the deadline to submit your entries is May 3, 2024. Winners will be notified between June 10th and 17th, 2024.

The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft is dedicated to providing exceptional outdoor recreation and boating experiences. They achieve this by striking a perfect balance between exceptional customer service, environmental education, and unwavering commitment to the conservation of Ohio’s 75 magnificent state parks and waterways.

Join the ODNR in 2024 as they commemorate 75 years of safeguarding Ohio’s natural treasures and providing unparalleled, award-winning recreational opportunities.