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Posted on: January 17, 2024

Story County Conservation Annual Photo Contest 2024

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Show us your Nature Pics!

Submissions accepted Feb. 01 – March 20, 2024

We want to see the parks through your eyes! Story County Conservation (SCC) encourages picture-takers of all skill levels to submit their proudest SCC park and nature photos for the Annual Photo Contest! Amateurs only. 

  • Images may show people interacting with nature while recreating, scenic photos of SCC landscapes, portraits of plants and wildlife, and more.
  • Images will be used by SCC to encourage the public to enjoy SCC parks and natural areas, promote programs, and more—online and in print. 


  • A. Connecting People with Nature- Action shots of friends, family, and four-legged companions enjoying Story County Conservation parks, trails, and campgrounds! 
    1. Photos in this category must be taken in SCC parks/trails. – Ada Hayden is not owned by SCC.
  • B. Landscape – Wallpaper-worthy photos showcasing scenic views of SCC parks/trails.
    1. Photos in this category must be taken in SCC parks/trails. – Ada Hayden is not owned by SCC.
  • C. Flora & Fungi – Micro or macro shots of Iowa’s native plants and fungi
  • D. Fauna – Portraits of Iowa’s wildlife in its natural habitat.

*Ada Hayden Heritage Park is NOT owned by Story County Conservation.


  • Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place in each category for Adult (18+) and Youth (under 18) 
  • Special Awards
    1. Bill Horine Best in Show
    2. SCC Magnet Award – One photo may be selected for use on a refrigerator magnet
    3. Facebook Fan Favorite – voted on by Facebook users
  •  Winners will be notified via email in April. 


  • Submit photos here from February 1 - March 20 
  • Individual photographers may submit up to three entries total (multiple may be submitted in each category.)
  • Photos entered in categories A & B must be taken in Story County parks or natural areas. All photos must be taken in Iowa. Photos of livestock and ornamental/non-native plants will not be accepted.
  • Submit via online form, CD or thumb drive. Acceptable formats include .heic, .jpg, .heif, .tif, .png, etc. RAW formats will not be accepted.
  • Photo files should be named according to the following format: Photographer Last name, First name - Title of Photo, Location of Photo
    • Example: Nolte, M - Brisk Morning Walk, McFarland Park
  • Photographer retains all rights to the image except for use by SCC. SCC reserves the right not to choose winners in any or all categories.

Helpful info:

Map of Story County Conservation parks and natural areas


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