Phinizy Photo Competition

Photo Competition

2018 Phinizy Photo Competition

  • All photographs entered must have been taken at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park.
  • All entries must be received by Phinizy Center by no later than May 1st at 5 PM.
  • Registrations must be submitted with your entry. Form may be submitted
    online, scanned and emailed to or mailed to
    1858 Lock and Dam Road.
  • Images must be submitted as high resolution jpeg’s. Files must be named in
    this manner, and without spaces:
    (Judges will not see your name attached to your photo until after they have
    judged. As Such photos with watermarks will not be accepted.)
  • Each individual may enter up to three photos per Scenic, Wildlife & People in
    Nature categories. All submissions are automatically entered in the People’s
    Choice Category. The entry fee is $5 per photo entered. This can be paid online
    via credit card or you may mail in a check along with your entry form. (Payment
    must be received by the entry deadline.) Online registration and payment is at:
  • Entries will be juried by a panel of at least two professional photographers.
    Works will be judged on creativity and originality as well as skill level. Finalists
    will be notified by May 16th.
  • The top 10 photos in each category must be printed and framed in Gallery Style
    (black frame with a white mat) and must have a wire hanging system. The print
    size must be between 8” x 10” and 16” x 20”. Maximum frame size is 20”x24”.
  • Finalist photos will be shown at the annual Swamp Soiree and in our Visitor
    Center. These must be delivered to Phinizy Swamp Nature Park no later than
    June 6th at 3:00 PM.
  • A reception will be held for all contestants on Saturday, June 9th. Category
    Winners will be announced and prizes will be given at this event. The finalists’
    prints will be on display. The Grand Prize winner will be announced at Swamp
    Soiree on June 14th. (Three contenders will be invited to Swamp Soiree with a
    guest for the announcement, a $180 value.)

Categories and Prizes

Works will be accepted in the following categories:


Includes any work that features a scenic location at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, including man-made structures, flora and general scenery.


Includes any work photographed at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park that features our abundant wildlife, including birds, reptiles, mammals, insects and other wildlife.

People In Nature

Includes any work photographed at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park that features a person or persons, either active or passive, in the park. People must be aware that they are being photographed and give you written permission to have their image entered in to a photograph competition.

People’s Choice

This will be voted on by the public via Facebook.

Juried Awards and Prizes

1st place in each category will receive a $50 cash prize, a Group Hike for up to 20 people, and will become a Family Friend of Phinizy; 2nd place will receive a $40 Phinizy gift certificate; 3rd place will receive a $25 Phinizy gift certificate

People’s Choice: $50 cash prize

Grand Prize: $150 cash prize


Click here for full information about this year’s competition and prizes: 

2018 Competition Registration  See Past Entries