Naturescapes 2016

12th Annual Photography
Contest & Exhibition

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The Contest entry deadline was Midnight June 27th, 2016.


2015 Best in Show
Bluebonnet Hillside

by Michael Penn Smith

The unique beauty of the natural areas within San Marcos inspired the first Naturescapes Photography Contest. The contest includes photographs taken in greenspaces and natural areas throughout Hays, Blanco, Comal, Guadalupe, Caldwell, and Travis Counties.

Goals of the contest and exhibit include increasing public awareness of the importance of protecting our natural world and giving photographers at all levels of experience a chance to capture, share, and receive recognition for beautiful and inspiring images. Suggested subjects include natural scenery, wildlife, plants, and people and pets in the natural environment.

The Hays County Master Naturalists sponsor an award for the best photo of a Natural Waterscape. The photo must feature a natural water feature such as a creek, river, pond or lake.


2015 Best Youth
Crossing the Blanco

by Eamon Decker

The contest is juried by John and Kendra Abbott, professional nature photographers based in Austin, Texas.

The contest is open to resident and visiting photographers of all ages. A $100 prize will be awarded for Best in Show, $75 for the best Youth Category photo, and $75 for the best Natural Waterscape photo. Up to four $50 Awards of Excellence will be presented for the next most outstanding photographs. Additional Awards of Merit will be presented at the discretion of the contest jurors.

Naturescapes Exhibition
San Marcos Activity Center Walkers' Gallery
September 3rd – October 28th, 2016

Naturescapes Awards Reception
San Marcos Activity Center
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm