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PHOTO CONTEST

SNAPSHOTS

MISSOURI

4TH ANNUAL

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ith more than 145,000 acres to explore
at 87 state parks and historic sites scattered around the Show-Me State, it's no
wonder that Missouri State Parks have
provided ample inspiration for spectacular photography during the past four years of the Missouri
Snapshots Photo Contest.
And we think you'll agree this year's winners are
spectacular - perhaps the best yet. They artistically capture our state's beauty and show people
truly enjoying themselves while experiencing some
of Missouri's most treasured natural and cultural
resources.
Roughly 18 million people visit the parks each
year to hike, camp, fish, discover the past and
explore nature. While some of our winners told us
that they had never visited a state park before the
contest, they all agreed they'd be back soon after
discovering all the park system had to offer.
This year's contest again featured six categories, including one exclusively for youth age 17 and
younger. Nearly 1,200 photographs were entered,
both as prints and using the website, Flickr.
A panel of judges from Rural Missouri and Missouri State Parks selected semifinalists in each category. Then, they voted for their favorites, naming
the first-, second- and third-place photos, which
appear on this page and the next three pages.
Each first-place photographer wins a Missouri
State Parks Getaway Package that will be tailored
to the winner's recreational interests. Valued at
$500, the packages include lodging, meals and a
state park activity. Second- and third-place photographers each receive a $100 and $50 Missouri
State Parks gift card, respectively. Youth winners
also receive gift cards.

Learn more about Missouri State Parks online at
www.mostateparks.com or call 800-334-6946.
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1st: "Elephant Rock Sunset" by Andreas Eckert, Rolla. On the first Sunday in October, the
Eckert family climbed atop the barren knoll
at Elephant Rocks State Park. Just as they sat
down, the sun peeked through the clouds, and
its wonderful warm light cascaded down onto
the granite boulders. 2nd: "Fall Sunrise" by
Heath Cajandig, Columbia. Heath set out early
to Castlewood State Park to capture the sunrise from the bluff above the Meramec River.
A couple was already there, so he snapped a
quick photo and moved on. It wasn't until later
that he realized what he had captured. 3rd:
"Cedars and Autumn Hills" by Steve Warren,
Camdenton. Sunset is one of the Laclede Electric member's favorite times to photograph at
Ha Ha Tonka State Park, and this cliff side just
below the castle ruins offers a stunning view of
the lake and the rolling Ozark hills.


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