This year’s Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest is a Joint Project between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), the Alabama Tourism Department (Tourism) and the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.
An exhibit of this year’s winning photos is touring around Alabama this year, and is scheduled to be on display on the Mezzanine level of the Alabama Museum of Natural History from January 25 until the end of February. The winning photos can also be seen online at https://www.flickr.com/photos/outdooralabama/sets/72157705396554404.
Photo categories for this year’s competition include:
Alabama Bicentennial – Photos in this category may be of historical places or buildings in an outdoor setting. Examples include, but are not limited to, historical parks, buildings, forts, lighthouses, battlefields and archeological sites. No indoor photos should be submitted to this category. NEW CATEGORY!
Birds of a Feather – Native songbirds, hummingbirds, game birds and raptors.
Watchable Wildlife – This category includes native mammals such as deer, squirrels, foxes and almost anything else with fur (pets and livestock excluded).
Cold-blooded Critters – This category includes turtles, frogs, snakes, lizards, salamanders and fish.
Bugs and Butterflies – May include bugs, insects and arthropods. Bees, butterflies, centipedes, dragonflies and spiders fall into this category.
State Park Adventures – People taking part in recreational activities in parks operated by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The list of eligible parks is found at www.alapark.com. Activities include, but are not limited to, biking, hiking, camping, fishing, zip-lining, golfing and picnicking. People must be included in the photos in this category. Scenic park photos should be entered in the “Sweet Home Alabama” category.
Sweet Home Alabama – Photos in which natural landmarks, scenery or inanimate objects are prominent; site location required for this category.
Coastal Life – Photos for this category can be anything related to Alabama’s beaches, southernmost bayous and piers. Photos taken of dolphins and beach animals such as crabs, jellyfish and starfish fall into this category. People saltwater fishing or casting nets should also be entered in this category. All birds should be entered in the Birds of a Feather category.
Nature-Based Recreation – These photos must have people in them. Examples are people enjoying recreation such as boating, fishing, hiking, hunting and camping (organized team sports are excluded).
Shoots and Roots – Wildflowers, foliage, fruiting bodies, other parts of plants or trees can be entered in this category (cultivated flowers, shrubs, etc. are excluded).
Waterfalls – Photos of waterfalls on public or private land are eligible. Photos may have people in them, but the waterfall must be the prominent feature.
Young Photographer – Youth through 15 years of age will compete amongst themselves in this category. Subject matter can be any of the categories above. (Age 16 and up should enter any of the other categories.