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    Contest Rules:

    All photos must be taken in a Virginia State Park on Jan. 1, 2020. Photographs cannot include watermarks. All photos must be uploaded to the contest no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 1, 2020. We reserve the right to disqualify any photograph that depicts inappropriate or illegal behavior or that staff determine not to be taken on the specified date or at a Virginia State Park. Individuals may enter up to 3 photos to the contest.

    Anyone is welcome to enter the contest. However, any prize involving an overnight stay must be awarded to an individual that is at least 18 years old (so an adult will have to claim a prize won by a minor). Prizes are subject to tax.

    Once awarded, prizes are not transferrable and may not be converted to cash value.

    The individual submitting the photograph warrants that it is their original work. Upon entering a photo in the contest, the photographer agrees to give Virginia State Parks, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and Virginia Tourism full rights to use the photograph for marketing and publicity purposes. The photographer also warrants that he or she has a photographic release from any individual depicted.

    All decisions as to disqualification or determination of a winner are final. Virginia State Parks will make every effort to contact the winner via the email address provided. 

    Employees of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation as well as their immediate family may not enter the contest. 


    Virginia State Parks marketing staff will determine contest winners and all decisions are final. We are looking for photos that depict what Virginia State Parks have to offer particularly what visitors do on their First Day Hike. 

    Prizes will be announced in a video posted on the Virginia State Parks social media sites no later than 3 p.m. Jan. 5, 2020. All winning photos and photographers will be included in the article. The link to the video will be added to the Virginia State Parks web page by Jan. 8.


    Grand Prize: $500 Virginia State Parks Gift Certificate 

    First Prize: $250 Virginia State Parks Gift Certificate

    Second Prize: $100 Virginia State Parks Gift Certificate

    Third Prize: $75 Virginia State Parks Gift Certificate

    Gift certificates may be used for overnight stays, picnic shelter rentals or annual passes.

    We reserve the right to add more prizes in the event we have a hard time selecting the winners.