2021 is Hot Springs National Park's 100th anniversary as a National Park. To celebrate our rich history and vast landscape, the park will be hosting a monthly photo contest all year long. The themes will vary from month-to-month and are meant to highlight the spectacular features of the park, from our bathhouses to our wildlife to the scenic views. We hope this contest encourages to see more of your park!
How To Enter
Photos must be taken within the boundary of Hot Springs National Park.
The contest is open to all. Entrants under 18 years of age require the permission of a parent or guardian. By entering the contest, entrants under 18 years of age indicate that they have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian.Entries should show best practices for visiting national parks and public lands. Photographers and visitors are not allowed to harass wildlife or pick vegetation at any time. Touching or baiting wildlife is a form of harassment. Images containing illegal or prohibited activities will be disqualified. It is the entrant's responsibility for knowing and following park regulations. Photos must be family friendly.
Photos must be the original, unaltered work of the entrant. The spirit of the contest is to capture a moment that has been experienced. No alteration or manipulation of photographs is permitted beyond standard optimization—minor adjustments to color, contrast, brightness; removal of dust and scratches; black and white conversions; slight cropping. To ensure compliance with the alteration and manipulations rules, for those photos that are finalists the park has the right to request the photographer provide the file that was recorded by the camera. The park retains the right to disqualify photos that, in their sole discretion, have been noticeably and/or excessively altered.Do not use Instagram to edit your image. Use of editing features in the Instagram app may disqualify entries.
Entries with watermarks are not permitted.Entries should not contain recognizable images of people's faces.
To qualify for the top prize, photos must be 6MP (six megapixels – 3072 x 2048px) or larger. Photos smaller than 6MP are permitted, but will only be awarded honorable mentions if selected.By submitting, the entrant agrees that they are the sole copyright owner of the image. By submitting an entry the entrant (in case of minors, the minor's parent/legal guardians) grants the National Park Service, or its authorized representatives and contractors, the right to reproduce, prepare derivative works of, distribute or display and use these materials in whole or in part, for government and non-government purposes, in any manner or media (whether now existing or created in the future), in perpetuity, and in all languages throughout the world. Use of this material shall include, but not be limited to, audiovisual programs; museum exhibits; websites; publications; product artwork; and project publicity. Additionally, entrants waive the right to inspect or approve any use of the material and any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of the material. The entrant holds harmless, releases, and forever discharges the National Park Service from all claims, demands, and causes of action which I, my heirs, representatives, executors, administrators, or any other persons acting on my behalf or on behalf of my estate have or may have by reason of this authorization. The entrant agrees to indemnify and hold the Government harmless for any and all losses, claims, expenses, suits, costs, demands and damages or liabilities on account of personal injury, death, or property damages of any nature whatsoever and by whomsoever made, arising out of the activities associated with the project in which I am taking park.
Participants may enter as many images as they wish.If selected as a winning image, the entrant must be able to provide the highest resolution version of the image possible via email.
Photos entered must correspond to the monthly theme. If you want to enter a photo taken before the contest open date, you must upload the photo as a new post on social media.
Theme: Thermal Water & Fountains
Theme: Flora of Hot Springs
Theme: Wildlife of Hot Springs
Theme: Gulpha Gorge
Theme: Whittington Park
Theme: Fordyce Museum
The Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center and Museum was originally built in 1915. 105 years later, the building has been preserved to resemble and maintain its original look. Have you been inside the Fordyce Bathhouse? This month’s photo contest theme is the Fordyce Bathhouse. We want to see your exhibit pictures, stained glass pictures, and everything in between.
Theme: YOUR Favorite Photo
For questions or more information, send us an email.
Photo Contest Winners
Last updated: April 8, 2021