Note:  The 2013 LBL Photo Contest is now closed.

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 the LBL

5. Habitat - Landscapes and plant life from wild areas

6. Digitally Enhanced *

*Double exposures, 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 category).

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,, and

Grand prize…$200

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 ( 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 or compensation.


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