2016 Obed Photo Contest
Obed invites photographers to submit entries for the fifth annual photography exhibit at the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center. The National Park Service is looking for striking digital images of nature, highlighting the spectacular views, recreational opportunities, and diversity of life in the park.
Only photographs taken within Obed Wild and Scenic River will be accepted. All images, except those submitted as Artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Digitally altered photos, beyond standard optimization, will be disqualified. Acceptable alterations include: adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions. High Dynamic Range imaging is acceptable in all categories. Stitching is acceptable in Landscapes. Unacceptable alterations (except for Artistic) include: composites (combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos; digital effects that do not show the scene in its natural way. People may be included except in the Fauna and Flora categories.
Judging will be conducted by an anonymous third party group. No employee of the NPS will participate in the judging of entries nor have influence in the decision. Entries will be judged on technical excellence, originality, creativity, visual impact, and artistic merit. Judges decisions are final.
Selected images will be unveiled at the artist reception, and printed for exhibition at Obed Visitor Center, and will be displayed on the park's official website, social media pages, and other venues.
Contest Entry Form (59 KB)
Model Release Form (57 KB)
Selected images will be printed for an exhibition at the Visitor Center. They may also be displayed on the internet and other venues. We recommend ensuring your photo can be reproduced at minimum 11” x 14”. There are no file size restrictions; however, keep in mind photos taken with lower megapixels may restrict the sizing of enlargement for display.
Entries must be received no later than July 15, 2016. Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form with all information clearly filled out. Entry forms may be downloaded from here. Entries may be emailed to: email@example.com or dropped off at or mailed to Obed Visitor Center, located at 208 North Maiden Street, in Wartburg, Tennessee.
Obed Wild & Scenic River
208 North Maiden Street
Wartburg, TN 37887
Attn: Obed Photo Contest
Entries that do not comply with the rules will be disqualified.