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    Wild & Scenic River Tennessee

2014 Obed Photo Contest

Large556_Mark_Fall-In-The-O first place landscape 2013
2013 First Place Winner for Landscape Category
Mark Large
The National Park Service (NPS) invites photographers to submit entries for the 3rd annual photography exhibit at the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center. The NPS is looking for striking digital images of nature, highlighting the diversity of life in the park.

Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, weather, or people interacting with nature within the Obed Wild and Scenic River. All photographs, 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 alternations 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.

  • Fauna Animals in their natural habitat, including close-ups of invertebrates.
  • Flora – 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 of up to 3 photographs by photographers under 18 years of age.
Each photograph 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. Selected images will be displayed at an exhibition at the Visitor Center beginning on August 8th. A public reception showcasing the winners will be held on Friday, August 22nd.

Entries must be received no later than July 22, 2014. Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form with all information clearly filled out. Entry forms may be downloaded from here. Email your entries to obri_information@nps.gov, drop them off in person or mail them to the Park Visitor Center.

Obed Wild & Scenic River Photo Exhibit
208 N. Maiden St.
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.
  • Entries must be taken within the boundaries of the Obed Wild & Scenic River.
  • 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. Photos taken with a film camera must be scanned and submitted digitally.
  • Each image must be labeled with your last name, first name, brief title and category. For example: lastname_firstname_title_category. Entries will be disqualified for failing to name files as requested, following these instruction will prevent confusion when preparing the images for viewing.

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