2018 Obed Photo Contest

father holding little son's hand while walking across red colored rusty bridge
Father and Son crossing Nemo Bridge
Obed invites photographers to submit entries for the seventh annual photography exhibit at the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center. 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 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.
  • Artistic – Artistic compositions in nature both natural and manipulated in post processing (infrared, unlimited digital manipulation).
  • 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.
  • Landscapes – Expansive and dramatic views of the land and its features within park boundaries.
  • Youth – Any entry by photographers under 18 years of age. Photographs must fit into one of the categories above.
Judging will be conducted by an anonymous third party group. No employee of the NPS will participate in the judging of entries nor have influence in the decision. 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 Obed Visitor Center, and will be displayed on the park's official website, social media pages, and other venues.


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 August 3, 2018. 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:
Obed Wild & Scenic River
208 North Maiden Street
Wartburg, TN 37887
Attn: Obed Photo Contest
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.
  • Any photo depicting illegal activity within the park will be disqualified. 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.
  • Photo must not contain any copyright, watermark, stamp, etc.

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

Last updated: September 12, 2018

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