Photo contest allows photographers to capture creation

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As the weather turns cooler and creation flaunts her versatility, folks — if they didn’t have one already — will have a new incentive to get out in nature.

In the Photo Scavenger Hunt Challenge, guests to any of North Carolina’s 41 state parks can channel their inner Sam Spade while hunting for and taking photos of park features. Participants can don their trench coats and snap photographs of a park or centennial sign, the guest with a park staff member, blaze/trail marker, water, weather, a unique habitat, a beautiful view, historic feature, wildlife, plant life, insect life, park building, New Year’s Day park visit, the guest disposing of a piece of littler, or a freebie.

Participants must take at least 12 of those photos at one park, and the set will be considered one submission to the contest. Multiple submissions are allowed by sleuths who visit more than one park.

Photos may be emailed to and must be reduced to 1 GB or less before sending. The entrant’s name and phone number, as well as the name of the park, should be included. Participants are encouraged to share photo ideas to Instagram with the hashtag #NCParkChallenge and tag the name of the state park visited.

First prize for the contest is a $50 gift card, a tent, and a free one-night camping pass to the N.C. state park of the winner’s choice. Second prize is a $30 gift card and gear, and third prize is a $20 gift card.

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