September 9, 2014
MADISON -- People who love fall colors and love Wisconsin's state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas can share that love by entering their photos of people enjoying state properties this fall in an upcoming "Fall in Love with Wisconsin State Parks" Facebook photo contest.
At the same time they will be helping to promote the State Park System as the Department of Natural Resources. All photos entered into the contest become the property of the DNR and may be used in publications and brochures, and on the DNR website and social media outlets.
"Wisconsin residents and visitors alike love our state properties and fall colors," said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. "This is an opportunity to share their enjoyment of Wisconsin in the fall by entering their photos and letting Facebook users vote on their favorites."
The contest will run from September 15 through October 26, 2014. Photographers who submit photos early will to get the chance to receive the most votes. People can check on updates on fall color progress through the Department of Tourism's fall color report.
To enter photos, people should go to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Facebook page and click the "Like" button. Once you are a "Fan" of the Wisconsin DNR's Facebook page, enter photos by clicking the "Photo Contest" box on the left side of the page. Fans can enter up to one photo per day.
Photographers must be at least 13 years of age, and have the permission of anyone pictured in the photos to have their image submitted to the contest with the understanding that the photo may be used in publications, brochures or online. Photographers must also identify the property where the photo was taken. A complete set of Fall in Love With Wisconsin State Parks contest rules [PDF] is available on the DNR website. A list of all Wisconsin state parks, forests, recreation areas and trails is available by searching the DNR website for "find a park."
DNR Facebook fans will then be able to vote once a day for their favorite photos from the contest gallery. Whichever photo has the most votes by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, 2014 will be deemed the winner, and the photographer will receive a 2015 Wisconsin State Park sticker, a 2015 Wisconsin trails pass, and a two year subscription to Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Holtan, state parks, forest and trails public affairs manager, 608-267-7517 or Trish Nitschke, DNR social media coordinator, 920-360-3252