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2019 Photo Contest
Enter for a chance to win a $500
Missouri State Parks Getaway
Submit photos at www.ruralmissouri.coop/photocontest.php
or more than 100 years, Missourians
have enjoyed what is arguably one of the
nation's best state park systems. The parks
have something for everyone. Visitors to
Elephant Rocks State Park can climb the unique
granite boulders. History abounds at Missouri's
35 state historic sites. The popular Katy Trail - a
rails-to-trails project - offers the perfect pace for
those seeking a leisurely afternoon stroll and bike
ride or a multi-day, 240-mile test of stamina.
It's more than just those parks though. More
than 21 million people visited the parks and historic sites - most of which are served by Missouri's
electric cooperatives - in 2018. Undoubtedly, most
of them took a picture or two.
Once again, Rural Missouri is honored to welcome Missouri State Parks back as the sponsor of
the 9th annual Missouri Snapshots Photo Contest.
Our judges are amazed to see the variety of photos
taken during every season of the year.
The park system highlights the natural beauty of
our state and connects its great citizens and guests
to the outdoors. The parks and historic sites 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 onetenth of 1-percent sales tax that ensures future
generations will enjoy Missouri's treasures.
Open to amateur photographers of all ages, this
contest features ﬁve categories. "Capture The Beauty" and "Making Memories" were the two most popular categories in 2018 with 900 combined entries.
Those categories will be back and we added "Camping in the Parks" to showcase all Missouri State
Parks has to offer under the stars.
All photos must be entered online at www.
ruralmissouri.coop/photocontest.php. Ten semiﬁnalists will be selected in each category. First-, second- and third-place photos will be published in the
January 2020 Rural Missouri. The 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.
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, 2019. Questions about the contest may be
sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Making Memories - S'mores with your granddaughter? A hike with your pup? Your ﬁrst big
catch? It's not hard to make lasting memories with
loved ones at any of the 88 state parks and historic
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.
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. 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. Do not enter the same
photo in more than one category. Judges reserve
the right to move a photo to a different category.
4. Photos must be entered at: www.ruralmissouri.
coop/photocontest.php by Oct. 31, 2019.
4. Fun on the Water - Missouri's state parks are
perfect for those who are aquatically inclined.
Whether it's ﬁshing, kayaking, sailing or swimming,
take home the prize by capturing your perfect day
on the water.
5. Entries must include information in all data
ﬁelds. Omitting any may result in disqualiﬁcation.
5. Camping in the Parks - Who needs a hotel? Park
guests racked up more than 315,000 nights camping in Missouri's state parks in 2018. Highlight the
allure of a night under the stars and you could be
well on your way to planning your trip for next year.
7. Photographers may win no more than one ﬁrstplace prize. Winning images from previous year's
Missouri Snapshots photo contests are ineligible.
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6. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond
basic editing and toning will be disqualiﬁed.
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.
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.
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