State parks photography contest puts spotlight on Texas gems

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With new categories added for the second annual Texas State Parks photo contest, photographers of all ages have a chance to win while taking in the splendor of more than 90 state parks and historic sites this spring.

Whether it’s a photo from a weekend get together with friends, or even a “selfie,” your playful moments at your favorite state park could be published in Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, and earn you a new HERO3+ Silver Edition GoPro video camera from Whole Earth Provision Co., valued at $300.

Photos must be entered before midnight April 14.

This year’s categories will feature photos by youths (17 and under), photos by adults (18 years or older) and Instagram photos.

Whether you plan to enter the contest or not, Texas’ state parks offer an array of locations to view and photograph yourself and others in the company of some of the state’s most remarkable scenery, flowers, wildlife and landmarks.

Click here for state park photography events.

Don’t forget to tag the state park or natural area where the photo was taken. Photos must be tagged with “17U” if you are under 17 years of age. Instagram entries must be tagged with the hashtag #MyParkPic and include the name of the state park where the photo was taken.

The photo contest is open to all photographers, except TPWD employees and their immediate family. Winners will be contacted on or about May 15 through their Flickr or Instagram accounts.

Click here for complete contest rules.

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Will Leschper is founder of The Texas Outdoor Digest. He has been recognized for Excellence in Craft by the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. He is Conservation Editor of Texas Fish & Game Magazine and is a regular contributor to the Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters, in addition to writing for plenty of of now-defunct publications.

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