Mar 24,2009 00:00
Amateur photographers invited to share their Go Play! park experiencesOREGON -- Sharing an Oregon state park experience in the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's third annual Go Click! photo contest could lead to two weeks of free camping.
A 14-day state park camping package will go to the grand prizewinner of this year's contest in which amateurs of all ages are invited to enter from now until Aug. 1. The top two runners-up will receive free 24-month passes to state park day-use fee areas.
The contest, in its first two years, drew more than 3,000 entries, and coordinator Jennifer McCormick of OPRD is looking forward to seeing its popularity continue. "We're building an impressive photo album," she said. "It already shows the huge number of ways people enjoy their parks. The contest has proven to be a great outlet for people to share their experiences."
Entry rules and ways to compete will remain the same. "It's pretty simple," said McCormick. "Just make sure you're in a state park and have your camera ready to take pictures of the scenery and people having fun." All photo entries must be digital and uploaded to the OPRD website. The contest rules are online at www.oregonstateparks.org/goclick.
Both first-place photos in the contest, thus far, have featured scenes on the south Oregon coast. Patricia Davidson of Coos Bay claimed the top prize in the first contest with a photo at Sunset Beach. Alan Hirschmugl of Gresham shot last year's grand prizewinner along the shoreline at Cape Blanco State Park.