Rural Missouri - May 2017 - 28
2017 Photo Contest
Enter for a chance to win a $500
Missouri State Parks Getaway
or 100 years, Missourians have enjoyed
what is arguably one of the nation's best
state park systems. Last year, a record 21.2
million people visited state parks and historic sites scattered across the Show-Me State.
Reasons to visit state parks are many: They highlight Missouri's natural beauty and allow people to
get outdoors. They preserve the state's diverse cultural resources. And they are free to visit thanks
to citizen support through a recently renewed onetenth of 1 percent sales tax that ensures future generations will continue to enjoy these treasures.
As the centennial celebration continues this
year, Rural Missouri is honored to welcome Missouri
State Parks back as a sponsor of the 7th annual
Missouri Snapshots Photo Contest. We're excited to
see how our readers and others chronicle vacations
and day trips to Missouri's state parks and historic
sites, most of which are served by electric cooperatives.
We hope you'll use this contest to explore the
parks and take advantage of their Centennial Passport program. If you can complete the beneﬁt-rich
task of visiting the 88 state parks and historic sites
by Oct. 31, you'll be entered to win one of ﬁve Missouri State Parks vacation packages. Additionally,
the ﬁrst 1,000 people to ﬁll up their printed passport will receive a special Centennial backpack.
Open to amateur photographers of all ages, this
year's contest features six categories, including a
trio of new ones. The "Where are You?" category
encourages parkgoers to capture a creative, unique
selﬁe of themselves. "Dusk to Dawn" entries will
showcase all there is to do at Missouri's State Parks
after the sun goes down. Photographers are encouraged to recreate classic family photos - entering
both the new and old snapshot - at state parks in
the "100 Years - Recreating the Past" category.
All photos must be entered online at www.
ruralmissouri.coop/photocontest.php. A total of 10
semiﬁnalists will be selected in each category. The
ﬁrst-, second- and third-place photographs will be
published in the January 2018 issue of Rural Missouri. The remaining semiﬁnalists will appear in an
online gallery inside the magazine's digital edition.
Photographs must be taken at a Missouri state
park or historic site. Entries will be judged on sharpness, composition, lighting, creativity and adherence to the category's theme. Deadline to enter is
Oct. 31, 2017. Questions about the contest may be
sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Capture the Beauty - Missouri's state parks are
blessed with an abundance of natural beauty: rolling prairies, rugged mountains and scenic rivers.
Entries should capture scenes worthy of a postcard.
1. Photographs must have been taken at one of
Missouri's state parks or historic sites. For a complete list of parks, visit www.mostateparks.com.
2. Discover the Past - From covered bridges and
mills to the homes of famous Missourians, history
is everywhere in Missouri's state park system. Creatively photograph it, and you could be a winner.
3. Fun on the Water - Whether ﬁshing, kayaking,
sailing or swimming, Missouri's state parks provide
lots of aquatic options. Take home the prize by capturing your day at the beach, riverbank or marina.
4. Dusk to Dawn - The family fun doesn't stop when
the sun goes down. From starry nights to late-evening s'mores, show us your favorite family activities.
5. Where are You? (Selﬁe) - Everyone loves a selﬁe.
Whether you use your selﬁe stick or just grab a shot
of you and your family on a hike, the judges will be
looking for fun and creative pictures.
6. 100 Years: Recreating the Past - Missouri's state
parks have been a destination for a century. In this
category, send us your favorite "then and now" pictures of your favorite state park activities.
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2. Photographs must depict activities that conform
to Missouri State Parks rules and regulations.
3. The contest is for amateurs only. If you earn
any income with your photography, please refrain
from entering. Up to ﬁve photos per category can be
entered, but no more than 15 photos total. Do not
enter the same photo in more than one category.
4. All photographs must be entered online at:
5. Entries must include information in all data
ﬁelds. Omitting any may result in disqualiﬁcation.
6. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond
basic editing and toning will not be accepted.
7. Photographers may win no more than one ﬁrstplace prize. Winning images from previous year's
Missouri Snapshots photo contests are ineligible.
8. Employees of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri's electric cooperatives and
their immediate families are ineligible to win.
9. By entering the contest, photographers give Rural
Missouri and Missouri State Parks permission to
publish the images.
10. The deadline to enter is Oct. 31, 2017.
1st Place - First-place photographers will each win
their choice from a selection of Missouri State Park
Getaway Packages. Valued at $500, each package
may include amenities such as lodging, meals,
equipment rentals or park store merchandise.
2nd Place - Second-place photographers will each
win a $100 Missouri State Parks gift card.
3rd Place - Third-place photographers will each win
a $50 Missouri State Parks gift card.