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Shutterbug Contest

Some of the most breathtaking scenery Tennessee has to offer lies within our state parks. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Tennessee State Parks system, and to celebrate this milestone, The Tennessee Magazine and the parks system are teaming up to host the first-ever State Parks Shutterbug Photography Contest.

The theme, “Celebrating 75 Years of State Parks,” will give you plenty of room to be creative. Subjects could range from scenic vistas full of wildlife to hikers enjoying the solitude of a backcountry hike. In fact, any photograph taken inside a Tennessee state park, state historic park, state archeological park or state natural area can be entered as long as you follow the rules.

Photographers shouldn’t have a shortage of subjects. No matter where you are in Tennessee, you are less than an hour from a state park. Photographs will be judged on sharpness, composition, lighting, creativity and adherence to the contest rules. Print quality will also be taken into consideration.

“I’m thrilled that Tennessee State Parks is working with The Tennessee Magazine to sponsor a state parks 75th anniversary photo contest,” says Charles Brewton, Tennessee State Parks director of marketing. “It will be fun having our visitors share their memories with us. We look forward to seeing their photo images as they explore and enjoy our state parks.”

The winning images will be published in the June 2012 issue of The Tennessee Magazine.

Note: By entering the contest, photographers automatically give The Tennessee Magazine and Tennessee State Parks permission to publish the winning images in print and digital publications and on websites.


Contest Rules

  1. The contest is open to amateur photographers only. If you earn your living as a photographer, please refrain from entering.
  2. Photographs must have been taken at one of Tennessee’s state parks. Visit www.tnstateparks.com for a complete list or call 1-888-867-2757 for a free brochure.
  3. A photographer can enter no more than three photographs in any category. There is no cost to enter.
  4. A completed entry form (below) must be attached to the back of every photograph entered. Omitting any of this information may result in disqualification.
  5. Extensive digital manipulation of photographs is prohibited. The use of photo-editing software should be limited. Adjusting exposure, color balance, contrast and sharpness is allowable, but highly manipulating colors and content of images is not.
  6. Employees of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Tennessee’s electric cooperatives and their immediate families are not eligible to win.
  7. Please include the name of each recognizable person in your photograph. It is the photographer’s responsibility to have the subject’s permission to enter his or her image into the contest. You must include the subject’s name and contact information with your submission. Omitting any of this information can result in disqualification.
  8. Media: Use any camera, film or digital; any film, black-and-white or color.

Parks Rules

Photographers and their subjects are expected to follow all rules and regulations posted by each state park. Noncompliance will result in disqualifications. These regulations include but are not limited to staying on marked trails, keeping dogs on leashes and wearing life jackets when required.


Submissions

  1. All photographs must be entered as unmounted, 8-by-10-inch prints. Images can be color or black-and-white. Please don’t send your only print of a photo. Because of large numbers of entries, prints will not be returned.
  2. Send entries to: The Tennessee Magazine, State Parks Photo Contest, P.O. Box 100912, Nashville, TN, 37224. Entries may not be emailed or submitted via the tnelectric.org website.

Deadline

Entries must be postmarked by Friday, April 20.


Categories

  1. Shutterbugs 18 and older
  2. Junior Shutterbugs 17 and younger

Prize Packages:

Judges will select a first-, second- and third-place winner in each category. The following prizes will be awarded:

Shutterbugs win:

  • First place
    Six nights at any state park inn, plus $75 from The Tennessee Magazine
  • Second place
    Four nights at any state park inn, plus $65
  • Third place
    Three nights at any state park inn, plus $50

Junior Shutterbugs win:

  • First place
    Three nights at any state park inn, plus $75
  • Second place
    Two nights at any state park inn, plus $65
  • Third place
    One night at any state park inn, plus $50

Note: Accommodations subject to availability


Entry Form

 

68 replies
  1. Joyce Kleen
    Joyce Kleen says:

    The rules state that you can have no more than 3 photos in any category. What are the categories? Or is it only one category-Tennessee State Parks for a total of only 3 photos?

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    • Trent Scott
      Trent Scott says:

      Our general rule is that if it looks like the colors are overly saturated and that it was generated on a computer then, yes, it’s extensive digital manipulation. While HDR is a perfectly legitimate tool to create interpretive, fine-art images, our goal with this contest is to stay within the bounds of more traditional photography.

      Some basic manipulation of contrast, color balance and sharpening is allowed.

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    • Trent Scott
      Trent Scott says:

      Matt – Entry Title is the name that you assign to the photo. It could be something descriptive or something creative. Most titles are simple, like “Lake at sunset.” Hope this helps, and best of luck.

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  2. Deb
    Deb says:

    The rules state “amateur photographers only. If you earn your living as a photographer, please refrain from entering.”
    I earn a little money from photography. Less than $500. Hardly a living since I have a full time job outside of photography. Am I still allowed to enter?

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    • Trent Scott
      Trent Scott says:

      Absolutely, Deb. We consider anyone making 10 percent or more of their income from photography to be a professional, so we would love to have you participate.

      Reply
  3. Jackie
    Jackie says:

    Is there a time frame for when the pictures need to be taken? I ask because I have several photos that were taken last year during my visits to several state parks.

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  4. T. W.
    T. W. says:

    I checked the websites and didn’t see Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Is it considered a Kentucky Park because of the visitor center on the Kentucky side? Cumberland Gap is in Tennessee and I always assumed that the park was a Tennessee park. Would it be considered for the contest?

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    • Trent Scott
      Trent Scott says:

      It is in Tennessee, but it is a national park and not a state park. We are partnering with Tennessee State Parks on this contest, so we are looking for submissions from their parks. I hope this helps.

      Reply
  5. Don
    Don says:

    I am an avid photographer. I have photos on display and for sale at the Reniissance Center in Dickson. I’haven’t sold any and have never made any money on photography. I don’t consider my self a professional can I enter?

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    • Trent Scott
      Trent Scott says:

      Hey, Don. We consider anyone making 10 percent or more of their income from photography to be a professional, so we would love to have you enter.

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  6. Karen
    Karen says:

    Thank you Trent Scott. Answering the questions that we have on this contest was very helpful for me, I do not have further questions.

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  7. Anita
    Anita says:

    Hello, I am having trouble getting the entry form. Do I need to register first before I am able to print a form?
    Thank you
    Anita

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  8. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    I’m having difficulty getting the entry form to open on my screen, so I can’t print it. Is there another way to get an entry form?

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  9. Mike
    Mike says:

    Trent, I downloaded the entry form from the link you provided. It is still just printing a solid black box where the entry form is suppose to be. Do you have any suggestions? Is anyone else still having this problem. Thanks!

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  10. Gloria
    Gloria says:

    I see it say’s the entry form must be on the back of each photo, How do I stick it to the photo? Is tape alright? or there some way else to do it. Thanks in advanced for any answers ☺

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  11. Gloria
    Gloria says:

    I have a question.Does it matter if we have posted the image on line via facebook or other photo share sites ? Thanks in advanced for any responses ☺

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  12. Kayla
    Kayla says:

    I do alot of photography but I don’t make a living off of it, and I have my own facebook page and it has KaylaSchoenPhotography or KSP on the bottom of the images. Does this need to be removed when summitted in the contest?

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    • Trent Scott
      Trent Scott says:

      We consider anyone making 10 percent or more of their income from photography to be a professional. If you make less than 10 percent on photography, we would love to have you enter. It would be better to leave your watermark or brand off the photos you submit.

      Reply
  13. Anna
    Anna says:

    1. How many entries are generally made for a contest like this?
    2. Is this a yearly contest or “Celebrating 75 years of TN State parks” only.
    3. When will we know results?

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    • Trent Scott
      Trent Scott says:

      We have received tons of entries. Thanks to everyone who participated. The judges were in the office last week, and the winners will be featured in the June issue of The Tennessee Magazine. Best of luck!

      Reply
  14. Trent Scott
    Trent Scott says:

    There is a lot of interest in the June issue because of the shutterbug contest results. We hope to have the digital version of the magazine posted today and photos from all finalists are uploading now. We will share the link when everything is available. We love our passionate photographers!

    Reply

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