2015 Obed Photo Contest

overlook view of sunset with orange and blue sky

2014 First Place Winner for Landscape Category

The National Park Service (NPS) invites photographers to submit entries for the 4th annual photography exhibit at the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center. The NPS 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.

  • Action/Adventure - Photographs of people participating in recreational activities.
  • Flora & Fauna – Animals in their natural habitat, including close-ups of invertebrates, or plants in their natural habitat, including close-ups of flowers, fungi, lichen, and algae.
  • Landscapes - Expansive and dramatic views of the land and its features.
  • Artistic – Artistic compositions in nature both natural and manipulated in post processing (infrared, unlimited digital manipulation).
  • Youth – Any entry by photographers under 18 years of age. Photographs must fit into one of the categories above.
Entries will be judged on technical excellence, originality, creativity, visual impact, and artistic merit. Judges decisions are final. Selected images will be printed for exhibition at the Visitor Center and may be displayed on the internet, and other venues.


Entries must be received no later than Tuesday, July 21, 2015. 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 obri_information@nps.gov or dropped off at or mailed to the Obed Visitor Center, located at 208 North Maiden Street in Wartburg, Tennessee.
Obed Photo Contest
P.O. Box 429
Wartburg, TN 37887

Entries that do not comply with the rules will be disqualified.
  • Contest is open to all photographers except NPS employees and their immediate families and household members.
  • Entries must be taken within the boundaries of the Obed WSR.
  • Entries are limited to 3 photos per photographer.
  • Entries must be the original work. The photographer must own the copyright to the image and must agree to allow the NPS to use the images in publishing and merchandising without compensation to the copyright holder.
  • Previously published or sold photos may not be submitted.
  • Photos containing recognizable images of people must be accompanied by a model release.
  • Submissions must be digital (no slides) and submitted on a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. These will not be returned.
  • Each image must be labeled with your last name, first name, brief title and category. For example: lastname_firstname_title_category. Entries will not be disqualified for failing to name files as requested; however, following these instruction will ensure proper attribution.

Please click on the links below to view previous year's contest winners.

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