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Photographers Invited to Capture Hocking Hills Essence in Photo Contest


LOGAN, OHIO – Calling all amateur and professional photographers! Southeast Ohio’s picturesque Hocking Hills invites shutterbugs of all levels to participate in a captivating photo contest from May 17 to May 19. The competition aims to showcase the natural beauty of the region through stunning imagery captured over a 24-hour period.

During the contest, photographers are encouraged to explore the scenic landscapes of Hocking Hills and seize the opportunity to capture its breathtaking essence. The contest kicks off at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17, and concludes at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. All submissions must be uploaded as JPEG files.

An awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. in the historic Logan Theater, where winners will be announced. However, due to space constraints, only contestants and one guest will be admitted to the ceremony. For those in need of assistance with uploading images, Wi-Fi and staff support will be available at the Logan Theater on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The contest promises a fun and light-hearted atmosphere, with prizes of $100 awarded for the best photo in each category for each division. The coveted Grand Prize of $500 will be awarded to the Best in Show overall photo. Registration is required and available on a first-come, first-served basis for $50 per entrant. Each photographer may submit up to three photos in their chosen category.

Categories for submissions include Landscape, People, Flora and Fauna, and Wild Card, allowing for creative flexibility. A panel of expert judges will evaluate each photo based on its ability to capture the essence of Hocking Hills, emotional impact, composition, originality, and technical quality.

Photographers are reminded to obtain signed photo release forms for any images featuring identifiable individuals. Additionally, photos must be taken within Hocking and contiguous counties, including Athens, Perry, Vinton, and Fairfield.

Accommodations are not provided, so participants are encouraged to book lodging early. Hocking Hills offers a diverse range of lodging options, from cabins and cottages to yurts, treehouses, and even a cabin built into a cave.

With its thousands of acres of hiking trails, parks, and forests, as well as unique attractions like John Glenn Astronomy Park and Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, the region promises an unforgettable experience for photographers and visitors alike.

For complete contest details and rules, as well as traveler information and lodging options, interested individuals can visit explorehockinghills.com/picture-hocking-hills or contact 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).