ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft Announces 2024 Ohio State Parks Photo Contest

Mar 19, 2024 | Ottawa Outdoors | 0 comments

Last year’s overall winning photo, shown here, was taken by Jason Hammond.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft is thrilled to announce the 2024 Ohio State Parks Photo Contest.

“Whether you’re capturing memorable moments with loved ones, discovering hidden gems of wildlife, or showcasing the natural beauty of our state parks, this photo contest is your chance to share your story through the lens,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “We’re excited to see the creativity and passion of our participants as they showcase the beauty and diversity of Ohio State Parks.”

There are five great categories:

  • Parks and People
  • Wildlife Wonders
  • Adventurers Unbound
  • Scenic Landscapes
  • Historic Horizons

The Ohio State Parks Photo Contest is free to enter. Contestants can submit up to five photos, one per category, that were taken on or after January 1, 2023. To honor Ohio State Parks’ 75th anniversary, photo entries for the Historical Horizons category can be taken on any date.

Tyler Technologies, ODNR’s reservation management provider, is helping make this contest extra special with some fantastic prizes. The grand prize overall is a DJI Osmo Action Camera.

Winners of the People’s Choice in each category will score a free night of camping at any Ohio State Park campground and a nifty camping cooking set to fuel outdoor adventures.

Head over to www.discoverohiostateparks.com to find submission forms and contest rules. The deadline to submit photos is May 3, and winners will be notified between June 10 and June 17.

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