Polk County's Parks and Natural Resources Division wants to showcase your best photos that highlight the county’s natural treasures. Photos entered into the contest must be taken within Polk’s environmental lands sites and will be displayed for a year at the Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve and be included in the 2020 Parks and Natural Resources Calendar.
Share your talent by submitting images taken at one of the following properties: Bone Valley ATV Park, Circle B Bar Reserve, Citrus Heritage Trail, Coleman Landing Campground, Crooked Lake Prairie, Crooked Lake Sandhill, Gator Creek Reserve, Hickory Lake Scrub, Homeland Heritage Park, Lake Blue, Lake Gywn Park, Lakeland Highlands Scrub, Loyce E. Harpe Park, Mariana Pond, Marshall Hampton Reserve, North Walk-in-Water, Panther Point, Peace River Canoe Launch, Peace River Hammock, Saddle Creek Park, Sherwood Stokes, SUMICA and Walker Road Park.
Submitted photos must also be in one of the following three categories:
- People in Nature
There will be one winner for each of the above three categories. Honorable mention awards may also be given.
Contest Deadline: The deadline for submissions is by the end of business Aug. 31. No entries will be considered after that time.
Winners Announced: Winners will be announced at an awards reception at Polk’s Nature Discovery Center. Winning and honorable mention photos will be posted on the Polk’s Nature Discovery Center website. Prior to the reception, finalists will be contacted to provide a high resolution photo of their work.
The judges will base their decision on the following six standards:
Submitted photos will first be reviewed by Polk County staff for basic qualification and to determine if the photo is appropriately categorized. Staff members reserve the right to change a photo’s category. The decisions of the judging panel are final.
Entries that fail to comply with all rules will be disqualified.
- Entries will not be returned.
- If the ownership of any submitted photo is questioned in any manner, Polk County reserves the right to discontinue use of the photo and disqualify the photo from the contest.
- The Polk County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) has the non-exclusive right to use and publish the submitted photos on its website or in publications in conjunction with the photo contest.
- The BoCC may also use the photo in other publications to promote Polk, such as in brochures and magazines and for other similar marketing and promotional usage.