As part of the National Park Service's Centennial celebration, Big Thicket National Preserve is hosting a year-long photo contest. Monthly winners will be chosen in three categories and displayed in our park visitor center. Photos will be submitted through Instagram using #BigThicketPhotoContest.
- Recreation: Whether kayaking the Cooks Lake Paddling Trail, hiking along Turkey Creek or horseback riding in the Big Sandy Creek unit, this category is for the images of you, your friends and your family enjoying and exploring the preserve.
- Nature & Landscapes: Share the natural beauty you found in the preserve, from the vast landscapes of the Neches River to the most colorful and unique close-up shot of a mushroom or flower.
- Human History: The past is all around us, from abandoned railroad beds to old homesteads. Here we highlight signs of the complex human history and culture in southeast Texas.
Submitting Your Photos:
- Photographs must be taken within the boundaries of Big Thicket National Preserve.
- Photographs can only be submitted through Instagram. Those wishing to submit a photo to this contest should identify images using the hashtag #BigThicketPhotoContest.
- Contestants must be amateur photographers. "Amateur" means that you earn less than 50% of your annual income through photography. Amateurs may have won cash prizes in other amateur photo contests.
- Only minor digital enhancements are allowed. Minor digital enhancements including cropping, redeye removal, filters and corrective functions are permitted, but images that have been judged to be altered in any significant manner may be disqualified.
- Winning photographers will be contacted through Instagram. All winners will be required to complete an NPS Photo Release Form, prior to display. Winners under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian complete and sign the NPS Photo Release Form on their behalf. This will be a required step for all contest winners.
- Winning photographs that include recognizable adults and/or children must include a signed NPS Photo Release Form for each person pictured in the image, before the photograph can be accepted into the photo contest and displayed. The NPS Photo Release Form must be attached to the photo entry form.
- Big Thicket National Preserve employees are not eligible to participate in this public photo contest.
- Resource Protection –Any submitted photo portraying visitors engaged in activities damaging park resources such as picking plants or harassing wildlife will automatically be disqualified.
- Safety – As a reminder to all photographers, the heat, humidity, wildlife and terrain of the Big Thicket region can create unique challenges and safety concerns. Do not approach wild animals and avoid all contact. Exercise caution during the hottest times of day and always hike with ample water, insect and sun protection. For more information click here.
For information about contest judging and winning photo use click here.