Whenever I see photos like the one above, of morning fog rising from a river, it reminds me of my days as a guide on the New River many years ago. If you have a photo along the Obed Wild and Scenic River in Tennessee that can trigger such memories, you might want to enter it in the park’s 11th annual photo contest.
Photography is something I play with, but I’ve never been close to mastery, so I sure won’t go in. But now is your chance to show off your photography skills when it comes to capturing the spectacular views, the historic sites, the recreational opportunities and the diversity of life at Obed.
Entries can show flora, fauna, natural landscapes, historical areas, weather, or people interacting with nature in the park. All photographs must accurately reflect the subject and scene as it appeared, so no overly creative Photoshopping, folks.
The park has set a deadline for submitting entries for the photo contest at 4:30 p.m. ET on July 31, 2022.
Photographs can be submitted in one of the following five categories:
- Recreation – photographs of people participating in legal recreational activities.
- Dark skies – extensive and spectacular views of the night sky within the boundaries of the park.
- Flora & Fauna – animals in their natural habitat, including close-ups of invertebrates, or plants in their natural habitat, including close-ups of flowers, fungi, lichens and algae.
- Landscapes – extensive and spectacular views of the land and its features within the boundaries of Obed Park.
- Youth – entries in all categories by photographers under the age of 18.
Entries will be judged on technical excellence, originality, creativity, visual impact and artistic merit. The decisions of the judges are final. The selected images will be printed for an exhibition at the Obed Visitor Center which will open on Friday August 26, 2022.
“The impressive photos shown at this annual event are used to showcase the beauty of the park to online viewers around the world,” said Superintendent Niki Stephanie Nicholas. Images are frequently posted on the official park website, social media pages, publications produced by the park, etc.
You can find more details and how to capture your photos on this page.