Phinizy Photo Competition

Photo Competition

2024 Phinizy Center Photo Competition

  • All photographs entered must have been taken at Phinizy Center for Water Sciences.
  • All entries must be received by Phinizy Center no later than August 13th at 5 PM. Registration opens May 31, 2024.
  • Registrations must be submitted with your entry. Registration Forms may be submitted online (below), scanned and emailed to, or mailed to Photo Competition 1858 Lock and Dam Road, Augusta, GA 30906.
  • Please send your entry photos to
  • Images must be submitted as high resolution jpeg’s (at least 300 DPI). Files must be named in this manner, and without spaces:
    (Judges will not see your name attached to your photo until judging is complete. As such, photos with watermarks will not be accepted.)
  • The categories are as follows: Scenic (no adding elements to photos, for example: adding an alligator into a scene where an alligator was not present at the time of taking the shot), Wildlife, and People in Nature. Each individual may enter up to three photos per category. The first photo entry fee will be $10.59, additional photo entries will be $5.45 per photo entered. This can be paid online via credit card with associated credit card fees or you may mail in a check along with your entry form. (Payment must be received by the entry deadline.) 
  • All submissions are automatically entered in the People’s Choice Category. All entries will be posted on our Facebook page and Facebook users will be able to vote for the photo entries they would like to see win. Facebook users will vote on each round of photos and the photo entries with the most votes from each group will then compete in the last group to vote. People can also vote multiple times per photo entry by donating a certain amount of money to get a certain amount of votes.  $5.45 = 2 votes, $10.59 = 5 votes
  • Entries will be juried by a panel of at least two professional photographers.
  • Entries will be judged on creativity and originality as well as skill level. Finalists will be notified by September 1st, 2024.  
  • The top 10 photos in each category will be printed and displayed in an acrylic stand. The print size will be 8” x 10”. Please make sure your photo will be displayed how you wish with this size.
  • A reception will be held for all contestants on Friday, September 13, 2024. Category winners will be announced and prizes will be given at this event. The finalists’ prints will be on display at Swamp Soiree on October 17, 2024. The 1st Place winners from the categories Scenic, Wildlife, and People in Nature +1 guest (no kids) will be invited to attend the Swamp Soiree and they will need to RSVP by October 1, 2024. The Grand Prize winner will be announced at Swamp Soiree.
  • There is a youth category where any photographs taken at Phinizy Center for Water Sciences and Nature Park by a person who is under 18 years of age may be entered.  Pricing for entries is the same as above. All entries will be entered into the People’s Choice category. A 1st Place winner will be announced at our Photo Reception on September 13, 2024 and will receive a $25.00 cash prize and Phinizy Center T-shirt.

Categories and Prizes

Works will be accepted in the following categories:


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


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

People In Nature

Includes any work photographed at Phinizy Center’s 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.


Includes any work photographed at Phinizy Center’s Nature Park by a person who is under 18 years of age.

People’s Choice

This will be voted on by the public via Phinizy Center’s Facebook

Juried Awards and Prizes

1st place in each category will receive a $50 cash prize, including People’s Choice and Youth. 

2nd place will receive a $25 Phinizy Gift Certificate, not including People’s Choice and Youth.   

Grand Prize: $250 cash 

For more information please contact Kim Dillard at 706-396-1418 or email at

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