Alabama is truly a beautiful and spectacular place. From the mountains of north Alabama through the Montgomery River region to the coast and everywhere in between, the opportunities for award-winning photography are abundant.

Outdoor Alabama wants to recognize the breathtaking images captured in Alabama. The Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest is now accepting entries through Oct. 31. The contest is a joint project between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Alabama Tourism Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The photo contest is open to state residents and visitors alike, but qualifying photos must have been taken in Alabama.

This is the 15th year for the photo contest, which encourages people to experience nature, watch wildlife, visit public lands and document it through photos.

A new category in this year’s contest is “Find a Refuge,” which is for photos taken on one of Alabama’s 11 National Wildlife Refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alabama. The complete list is found at

The contest is open to adults and youth. A total of 10 photos per person may be entered in the following categories:

» Birds of a Feather

» Bugs and Butterflies

» Coastal Life

» Cold-Blooded Critters

» Find a Refuge

» Nature-Based Recreation

» Shoots and Roots

» State Park Adventures

» Sweet Home Alabama

» Watchable Wildlife

» Waterfalls

» Young Photographers

Category explanations and additional entry information can be found at Entry is restricted to the online upload of digital images, which can be completed from a computer, tablet or mobile phone.

First, second, third and one honorable mention will be awarded in each category. Winning images will be featured online and in an exhibit traveling to various venues across the state during 2020. The schedule can be found online at

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