Photo Guidelines

Please read the Official Contest Rules.


We’re seeking amazing user generated photos that share the best of Florida State Parks in these categories:

  1. Celebrate Winter – Winter in Florida is very different than most places in the country, with sand instead of snow and shorts instead of sweaters. Show us how you celebrate winter – Florida-style!
  2. Celebrate Traditions – Share how you, your family and friends celebrate time-honored experiences and create new traditions in Florida State Parks.
  3. Celebrate Special Events – Florida State Parks host special events throughout the year. From the Festival of Lights to the Florida Folk Festival, share your experiences celebrating with us.
  4. Celebrate Nature – Winter is the perfect time to get out into nature in Florida. Capture your experiences while exploring the great outdoors in Florida State Parks!
  5. Celebrate History and Culture – Experience the culture and history of Florida! Winter is a great time to visit a historic site, tour an old Florida homestead or to experience a living history reenactment. Share your photos as you uncover the unique history and culture at Florida State Parks.


Photos must be taken on the lands or within the facilities of Florida State Parks.


Contest entries are accepted from Start of Contest January 2, 2019 at 12 a.m. ET to March 15, 2019 11:59 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced in May 2019.

How to Submit?

  1. Submit photos at:
  2. Only submit photos you have taken yourself.
  3. Submit photos in JPEG format. Photos that are 3 mb or larger with high resolution (300 DPI) are preferred. Photos that are too dark, blurry or less than 100KB will not be accepted.
  4. There is a limit of five (5) entries total per individual regardless as to the method of entry. Additional entries received from any individual beyond the fifth submission will be void.
  5. Please allow at least 2-3 business days for moderation before your photo appears on the website.

How are the Photos Judged?

Photos will be judged on the following criteria:

(i) originality, (ii) artistic composition, and (iii) whether the photograph showcases the best of Florida’s state parks experiences and recreational opportunities based on the category entered. See Prizes here.

Who's Eligible to Enter?

  1. Legal residents of the 50 United States and DC, who are at least 18 years of age and of the age of majority or older in the state of their residence at the time of entry
  2. Photographs must be taken by you and you must have the rights to the photo.

Who's Ineligible to Enter?

Employees, Volunteers, Officers, Directors, Agents, Representatives, Park Concessionaires, Park Citizen Support Organizations and DEP Contractors of the participating agencies and sponsors and their family members are not eligible to win prizes.

What Not to Do

  1. Do not alter or manipulate photos except for cropping, red eye removal and/or adjustment of contrast and brightness.
  2. Don't break any laws or rules.
  3. Don't do anything unsafe.
  4. Don't photograph anything that is inappropriate, indecent or obscene.

What To Do

  1. Enjoy the outdoors and share it with us!
  2. Tell your friends!
  3. Have fun!