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    All photos must be taken in a Virginia State Park between May 19 and June 30, 2018. Photographs cannot include watermarks. All photos must be uploaded to the contest site no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30, 2018. We reserve the right to disqualify any photograph that depicts inappropriate or illegal behavior or that staff determine not to be taken on the specified dates or at a Virginia State Park. Individuals may enter up to 5 photos to the contest.

    Anyone is welcome to enter the contest. However, any prize involving an overnight stay must be awarded to an individual that is at least 18 years old. Prizes are subject to tax.

    Once awarded, prizes may not be converted to cash.

    The individual submitting the photograph warrants that it is their original work. Upon entering a photo in the contest, the photographer agrees to give Virginia State Parks, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia Tourism, National Parks Trust, American Hiking Society, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the National Wildlife Foundation full rights to use the photograph for marketing and publicity purposes. We do not require exclusive rights, the photographer is free to use the photograph and convey rights to use the photograph to others. Our goal is to be able to show our visitors participating in our special summer programs so the national organizations that offer programs during that time period are included in the photo permission. The photographer also warrants that he or she has a photographic release from any individual depicted.

    All decisions as to disqualification or determination of a winner are final. Virginia State Parks will make every effort to contact the winner via the email address provided. 

    Employees of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation as well as their immediate family may not enter the contest. 


    Virginia State Parks marketing staff will determine contest winners and all decisions are final. We are looking for photos that depict what Virginia State Parks have to offer particularly and visitors having fun in our parks. We are encouraging contest participants to share their entries on Instagram (after being uploaded to the contest site) tagged with #vspgetoutdoors. There will be special prizes associated with photos thus shared.

    Prizes will be announced in a video posted on the Virginia State Parks social media sites no later than 3 p.m. July 8, 2018. All winning photos and photographers will be included in the article. The link to the video will be added to the Virginia State Parks web page on July 9.


    Grand Prize: $500 Virginia State Parks Gift Certificate 

    First Prize: $250 Virginia State Parks Gift Certificate

    Second Prize: $100 Virginia State Parks Gift Certificate

    Third Prize: $50 Virginia State Parks Gift Certificate

    Gift certificates may be used for overnight stays, picnic shelter rentals or annual passes.

    We reserve the right to add more prizes in the event we have a hard time selecting the winners.