Winter Photo Contest

creek running water with snow on banks

Capture the beauty around you and the magic of the season with changing landscapes of places, wildlife, and people.  We invite you to capture a photograph of the unique look of a winter season during your adventures in Stark Parks over the next few months!

Contest runs from December 1, 2021 to March 12, 2022.

Who can enter?

Any Stark County resident. The Photo Contest is open to amateur/hobby photographers only.  A professional photographer is defined as one whose primary source of income (50% or more) results from his/her photographic work.

Age Classes:

Youth: 9-13 and 14-17

Adult: 18+

Categories:

Wildlife: Any living wild organism spotted at the parks. No pets, domestic animals, farm animals, or captive/non releasable wildlife. This also includes animal ambassadors on display at the Wildlife Conservation Center. Baiting wildlife is not permitted or legal.   

Landscape/Scenery: May be any sights or views around the parks. Photos could also focus on park structures, plants, and trees.

People Enjoying Nature: Patrons enjoying park activities. Examples include cross country skiing, running, hiking, sledding, etc. Permission of photo subject must be obtained and a signature must be included in the photo release waiver.

Rules

  • Photos must be taken in Stark Parks.
  • Photos must be taken between the time frame of December 1, 2021 through March 12, 2022.
  • Participants can submit one photo per category or three photos total.  Participant may only win one category.
  • Only minor editing is acceptable such as brightness, contrast, saturation, cropping, greyscale, etc. The picture should best represent the natural beauty of nature without major computer manipulation.
  • Stark Park employees may not enter the contest.
  • Stark Parks retains the right to reject inappropriate photo entries (ex: breaking Stark Parks rules/regulations to obtain a photo, excessive editing, etc.)
  • Photos with signatures, watermarks and time stamps will not be accepted.
  • Winners will be notified by provided phone number.  
  • Photo submission MUST be accompanied by a signed waiver and all other information found in the How to Enter section.

Judging and Prizes

A panel of 3 judges including a professional photographer will judge the entries based on creativity, quality, originality, representation of the park, and overall impact. All decisions are nondiscriminatory and final.

1st place in each category will receive an engraved award

Second and third place in each category will receive a ribbon

People’s Choice: The top photos will be displayed on Facebook and the single photo with the most likes will win and receive a gift basket

How to Enter

To register, send an email to photocontest@starkparks.com with the following information and attachments.  All information must be present for the submission to count.

  1. First and Last Name
  2. Email Address and Phone Number
  3. Age Category (9-13, 14-17, 18+)
  4. Photo Category of Consideration
    Wildlife: Any living wild organism spotted at the parks. No pets, domestic animals, farm animals, or captive/non releasable wildlife. Baiting in wildlife is not permitted or legal.

    Landscape/Scenery: May be any sights or views around the parks. Photos could also focus on park structures, plants, and trees.

    People Enjoying Nature: Patrons enjoying park activities. Examples include cross country skiing, running, hiking, sledding, etc.

    Permission of photo subject must be obtained and a signature must be included in the photo release waiver.

  5. Park or Trail location where photo(s) taken
  6. Attach high-resolution .jpg image(s)
  7. Attach signed photo release waiver.  If you are unable to scan the waiver on a computer or phone, you can drop off the physical form at the Exploration Gateway.  

If you would like your photo to be physically displayed, drop it off at the front desk between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at the Exploration Gateway (5712 12th St NW, Canton, OH 44708).  Please bring a 8X10 printed photo in a simple solid black frame. 300 dpi (dots per inch) is recommended for best viewing results.  If you would like your photos displayed in the Canalway Center please have them turned in by March 18.  This is not mandatory for the competition.