Park Announces Extension of Annual Photo Contest Deadline

Wartburg, TN (2017-07-12) The National Park Service (NPS) announces that the deadline for the annual Obed Wild and Scenic River photo contest has been extended to July 31, 2017.  The park invites photographers to submit entries for an exhibit at the park visitor center.  The NPS is looking for striking digital images highlighting the spectacular views, historic sites, recreational opportunities, and diversity of life in the park. Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, historic areas, weather, or people interacting with nature within the boundaries of the Obed Wild and Scenic River.  All photographs, except those submitted as artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

Photographs may be submitted into one of five categories: Action/Adventure (photographs of people participating in recreational activities); Artistic (artistic compositions in nature, both natural and manipulated in post processing); Flora & Fauna (animals in their natural habitat, including close-ups of invertebrates, or plants in their natural habitat, including close-ups of flowers, fungi, lichen, and algae); Landscapes (expansive and dramatic views of the land and its features); and Youth (entries in any category by photographers under 18 years of age).

Entries must be received no later than July 31, 2017.  Entries will be judged on technical excellence, originality, creativity, visual impact, and artistic merit.  Judges’ decisions are final.  Selected images will be printed for an exhibition at the Visitor Center that will open on Friday, August 25, 2017.  Selected images may also be displayed on the internet and other venues.

Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form with all information clearly filled out.  Entry forms may be downloaded from  Entries may be emailed to; mailed to Obed Photo Contest, P.O. Box 429, Wartburg, Tennessee 37887; or dropped off at the park visitor center at 208 North Maiden Street, Wartburg, Tennessee.

For more information about the Obed Wild and Scenic River, please call (423) 346-6294.