Note: The 2013 LBL Photo Contest is now
Who May Enter
The 2013 Land Between The Lakes Photo Competition is
open to all photographers, of any age, who have submitted a
complete registration form and entrance fee. If under
18, a signed permission form from his or her parent or legal
guardian must be included. Members of the contest
committee, contest judges and their immediate families
including children, siblings and spouses are excluded.
What To Enter
All photographs must have been taken in or of the Land
Between The Lakes (LBL). Images may also be taken from LBL
of subjects on or over Kentucky Lake or Lake Barkley. Images
may be taken from the western shoreline
of Kentucky Lake of subject on or over Kentucky Lake. Images
may be taken from the eastern shoreline of Lake Barkley of subjects on or over Lake Barkley. The
northern boundary of LBL is the canal. The southern boundary
is Hwy 79 excluding any private property.
Photographs will be judged in the following 6 categories:
1. Mammals - Portraits and Behavior
2. Birds - Portraits and Behavior
3. Small World – Tight Close Up and Macro
4. Connecting People and Nature - People enjoying
5. Habitat - Landscapes and plant life from wild
Digitally Enhanced *
digitally stitched photos and images containing any
manipulated or added content should be entered only in
category # 6.
You must declare on your entry form if your photograph is of
an animal in captivity, such as Woodlands Nature Center, Elk
& Bison Prairie or The Homeplace.
No pets or domestic animals will be accepted, with the
exception of animals at the Woodlands Nature Center, Elk &
Bison Prairie, The Homeplace or animals participating with
people in outdoor recreation (for example, hunting dogs or
riders on horseback). Please do not harass wildlife in an
attempt to photograph it.
Manipulation of images, either film or digital, should be
limited to conventional darkroom techniques or basic
sharpening, cropping and removal of dust spots. Images
should contain only the subject matter as originally seen
through the viewfinder (except for the Digitally Enhanced
An entrant must hold all rights to a photograph. Photos
previously published or pending publication or that violate
or infringe upon another person’s copyright, are not
eligible. Please do not infringe on the rights of property
owners in an attempt to photograph animals. Previous LBL
Photo Contest winning photographs cannot be re-entered.
How To Enter
We are now accepting photo entries! Entries can be made until Monday, December 2nd at 4:00 p.m. Central Time. Entry fee is just $20 with all proceeds benefiting Friends of LBL.
Your $20 entry fee
covers up to 18 photographs (entrants may submit a maximum
of three (3) photos per category).
An image may be entered in only one category. For instance,
if a photo of a wood duck preening on a creek might fit in
Birds or Habitat, you must choose the one category in which
you want the image to compete.
Six finalists will be chosen from each category. A full
resolution digital file may be required for the final
judging. Additional information required will be the date,
location and a brief description of how the photograph was
obtained including equipment used. First, second, and third
places will be chosen from the full res images provided by
the finalists in each category. The full res image must be
provided no later than two weeks from notification. The
Grand Prize winner will be picked from the 1st place
winners. Judging will take place during early December and
awards will be announced soon afterwards. The full res image may be used for printing
the winning photos for contest displays.
Photographs will be
displayed on websites including
First place, all categories…$75
Second place, all categories…$50
Third place, all categories…$25
Cash awards totaling $1,250
Entries will be judged on reflection of theme, technical
excellence, visual impact, and composition.
All decisions of the judges on all matters relating to the
competition are final.
The Fine Print
By entering the Land Between The Lakes Photo Contest
entrants agree that if their submission is selected as a
winner, they grant LBL Golden Pond Visitor Center the right
to display their photograph(s). Exhibition of entries will
include photographer credit. Photographers retain ownership
of all copyrights. However, by submitting an image for entry
in this contest, you automatically shall and hereby do give
LBLA, Kentucky Lake Productions, LLC
(ExploreKentuckyLake.com) and US Forest Service a non-exclusive,
not-transferable, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable license
without charge to reproduce and display the image in any
electronic, optical, physical, or other medium, to modify
its size and resolution, and to use your name as the
photographer, indefinitely in any media without notification
not call about the status of entries. Send questions to