When exploring Missouri's state parks and historic sites this summer, don't forget to snap a picture or two and submit them to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' photo contest.
The ninth annual DNR photo contest is open through Oct. 1.
The contest is meant to challenge Missourians to experience something new in the state. "Whether they go on a different hike or maybe they try kayaking and exploring and take pictures while they're doing that," said Alicia Wieberg, social media coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources. The contest includes three categories:
• Natural resources: photos of Missouri's landscapes or waterways
• People enjoying Missouri's outdoors
• Unique places: photos taken at Missouri's state parks or historic sites
The DNR photo contest also helps other citizens who can't go out and explore Missouri's natural resources to do so through images.
"We share not only the winners, but many of the submissions through social media," Wieberg said.
Participants can submit up to two photos in each category for a total of six entries, and the contest is open to amateurs of all ages.
A small group of DNR employees and the communications department narrow down photos to a group of finalists, and those are voted on internally within the department.
Winners' photos will be shared on the department's website and social media, and the photos will also be showcased at the next state fair in the Womans Building.
"Being outdoors and being in nature is good for both mental and physical health, so the contest gets people outside and enjoying Missouri's natural resources that our department works to protect and promote," Wieberg said.
Photo submissions can be made through dnr.mo.gov/photo-contest.
CORRECTION: This article was edited at 1:52 p.m. June 28, 2022, to correct the name of the building where the photos will be displayed during the Missouri State Fair.