Big South Fork NRRA invites photographers to submit entries for the NINTH annual photo contest and exhibit at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
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 Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be accepted. All images 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 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.
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 Bandy Creek Visitor Center, and will be displayed on the park's official website, social media pages, and other venues.
Contest Entry Form (1,689 KB)
Model Release Form (122 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, 2023. 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 the Park Headquarters Office.
Big South Fork NRRA
4564 Leatherwood Rd
Oneida, TN 37841
Attn: Photo Contest
Entries that do not comply with the rules will be disqualified.
Last updated: May 30, 2023