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Feb. 28, 2013

Photography Takes Center Stage at Texas State Parks This March

AUSTIN – Channel your inner Ansel Adams or Wyman Meinzer this spring by heading to one of more than 90 Texas state parks and historic sites to photograph your friends and loved ones, wildflowers, wildlife and revered state landmarks. Snap away just for fun or record your best images to enter in the Texas State Parks Photo Contest.

Whether you capture the look on your child’s face after she catches her first fish, a mountain-top sunset, a roadrunner, the majesty of such historic icons as the San Jacinto Monument or a 19th century frontier fort, you’ll be creating life-long memories of the fun you had exploring Texas’ natural and cultural treasures.

Adams was a renowned 20th century environmentalist and photographer best known for his black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West. Meinzer is the official State Photographer of Texas whose images capture the essence of the Lone Star State.

The Texas State Parks Photo Contest on Flickr will run between March 1 and April 30. Photographers could win any number of prizes, including a video camera courtesy of Whole Earth Provision Company, a weekend excursion in the Texas state park of your choice or a campout for up to six people in one of the many Texas Outdoor Family workshops.

To enter, go to and follow the links to the contest. Sign into Flickr (Yahoo), or for entrants who prefer to sign in with an existing Google account or Facebook account, there’s a way to do that, too. Select “Join This Group” to be added to “Texas State Parks Photo 2013 Contest,” then upload your entries. Be sure to tag the state park where the photo was taken.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department photo contest is open to all photographers 18 years of age and older, except TPWD employees and their immediate family. Winners will be contacted on or about May 15 through their Flickr accounts. For complete contest rules, visit:

Whether you plan to enter the contest or not, Texas’ state parks represent ideal locations for viewing and photographing some of the state’s most remarkable scenery, flowers, wildlife and landmarks. For tips on where to find the best photo opportunities in state parks and more, visit: And to find out “where the wild things are,” such as foxes, woodpeckers, prairie dogs and dolphins, visit: .

For a complete park list, visit:

Some Texas state parks have scheduled photography events this spring and summer, including Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, which will host workshops on April 14 and May 12.

For state park wildlife images, please visit:

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