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17th Annual Naturescapes Photography Contest & Exhibition

Wink, Wink, Nod by Dave DeVore – 2020 Best In Show

The unique beauty of the natural areas within San Marcos inspired the first Naturescapes Photography Contest. The contest includes photographs taken in greenspaces and natural areas throughout Hays, Blanco, Comal, Guadalupe, Caldwell, and Travis Counties.

Goals of the contest and exhibit include increasing public awareness of the importance of protecting our natural world and giving photographers at all levels of experience a chance to capture, share, and receive recognition for beautiful and inspiring images. Suggested subjects include natural scenery, wildlife, plants, and people and pets in the natural environment.

The Hays County Master Naturalists sponsor an award for the best photo of a Natural Waterscape. The photo must feature a natural water feature such as a creek, river, pond or lake.

This year we are pleased to have the contest juried by Barbra Riley.

Green Dragonfly by John Moore – 2020 Best Youth

We are introducing an award, sponsored by the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance, for the best photo taken in one of San Marcos’ six natural areas. They are Purgatory Creek Natural Area, Spring Lake Natural Area, Ringtail Ridge Natural Area, Schulle Canyon Natural Area, Blanco Shoals Natural Area, and Sessom Creek Park. You can find out more about them, including their locations, at

The contest is open to resident and visiting photographers of all ages. A $100 prize will be awarded for Best in Show, $75 for the best Youth photo, $75 for the best Natural Waterscape photo, and $75 for the best San Marcos Natural Area photo. Up to four $50 Awards of Excellence will be presented for the next most outstanding photographs. Additional Awards of Merit will be presented at the discretion of the contest juror.

Naturescapes Exhibition
San Marcos Activity Center Walkers’ Gallery
September 25th – November 12th, 2021

Naturescapes Awards Reception
San Marcos Activity Center
Saturday, September 25th, 2021
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


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The contest starts accepting entries on April 5th.

You may view the 2020 contest winners here.

We hope they inspire you to enter this year’s contest!

Please check back for updates.

© 2021 – Hill Country Photography Club, Hays County Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist

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