Young Nature Photographers Photo Contest


  • First Place | $75 off coupon for future reservation at a Polk County Conservation cabin, campsite or shelter

  • Second Place | Weekend camping at Thomas Mitchell Park

  • Facebook Winner | Two night rental at the Thomas Mitchell cabin

Young Nature Photographers Photo Contest (ages 10-17)

Do you have a young photographer in your family? Then head out to Thomas Mitchell Park with them from June 1 - June 30 to take photos of the landscape, wildlife, plants, flowers, or people outside enjoying nature and enter them to WIN!


All photos must be taken at Thomas Mitchell Park and depict landscapes, wildlife, plants/wildflowers, or people enjoying nature. Photographs must be original work of photographer. Submit high quality (300 dpi or greater), electronic format jpeg files to

*Black & white or color images will be accepted. You may enter up to three photographs. No printed or mailed photos will be accepted.

Contest Dates: 

The photo contest begins June 1 and ends June 30, 2021. Entries submitted before or after the entry period will not be eligible.

Entry emails should include:

  • Photographer name, Photographer (Parent/Guardian) address and email address
  • Location where photo was taken (must be taken at Thomas Mitchell Park)
  • Short description (1-3 sentences)



Images will be judged on depicting Thomas Mitchell Park with originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. Finalists and 1st and 2nd place winners will be selected from entries by a panel of Polk County Conservation Staff. All finalists will be displayed in an online gallery on Polk County Conservation’s Facebook page @polkcountyconservation. One winner will be chosen by popular vote on Facebook.



Recipients will be notified via email on July 16, 2021, if their photo has been selected, it will be printed and hung in the cabin at Thomas Mitchell Park, given recognition in Nature News, e-newsletters, and on Polk County Conservation's social media.



Previously published photographs may be accepted as long as you have retained the rights to allow us to use the photo. If people appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining and providing necessary releases from the individuals in the photo, if requested. All entries will become the property of Polk County Conservation, and Polk County Conservation reserves the nonexclusive right to use the photographs in publications or promotional materials to support our conservation efforts. You will retain photographer rights and use to the photos. Thank you for your help in protecting our natural resources.