Rural Missouri - May 2018 - 34
2018 Photo Contest
Enter for a chance to win a $500
Missouri State Parks Getaway
Submit photos at www.ruralmissouri.coop/photocontest.php
issourians like to make memories. And
why shouldn't they? For more than
a century, they've enjoyed one of the
nation's best state park systems. In
2017, more than 21 million people visited the parks
and historic sites scattered across Missouri.
The park system highlights the natural beauty of
our state and connects our citizens and guests to
the great outdoors. The parks and historic sites also
help preserve the state's diverse cultural resources
that are enjoyed by all. And best of all, the state
parks are free to visit thanks to the citizen-supported one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax that ensures
future generations will enjoy Missouri's treasures.
Once again, Rural Missouri is honored to welcome Missouri State Parks back as the sponsor of
the 8th annual Missouri Snapshots Photo Contest.
Year after year our judges are amazed to see the
photos taken and memories made by Rural Missouri
readers during their trips to Missouri state parks
and historic sites, most of which are served by Missouri's electric cooperatives.
Open to amateur photographers of all ages, this
contest features ﬁve categories. Contest staples
such as the popular "Capture The Beauty" - which
garnered nearly 600 entries in 2017 - are back.
We've also added "Making Memories" to the mix this
year to showcase those special moments at state
parks that linger on long after you depart the park.
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 2019 issue of Rural Missouri. The remaining semiﬁnalists will appear in an
online gallery on the magazine's website.
First-place winners will receive a Missouri State
Park Getaway Package valued at $500. Second- and
third-place winners will receive Missouri State Park
gift cards valued at $100 and $50, respectively.
New this year are mini-sweepstakes held during the entry period awarding prizes such as selfie sticks, books and more to a randomly selected
photo in each category. Details will be posted to the
Rural Missouri Facebook page beginning in May.
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, 2018. Questions about the contest may be
sent to email@example.com.
1. Making Memories - S'mores with your granddaughter? A hike with your pup? Your ﬁrst big
catch? There are countless memories to be made
with your loved ones while visiting any of the 88
state parks or historic sites.
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. Capture the Beauty - Missouri's state parks and
historic sites are blessed with an abundance of natural beauty: rolling prairies, rugged mountains and
scenic rivers. Entries should capture scenes worthy
of a postcard.
3. 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.
4. Fun on the Water - Whether it's ﬁshing, kayaking, sailing or swimming, Missouri's state parks
provide an endless variety of aquatic options. Take
home the prize by capturing your day at the beach,
riverbank or marina.
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, creative and unique snapshots of
you enjoying the park system.
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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, 2018.
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.