16th Annual Photography Contest & Exhibition

Texas Oasis #1
Jerry Sargent
2019 Best In Show

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.

This year the contest is juried by Herb Smith.

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 juror.

Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly
Drew Wilson
2019 Best Youth

Naturescapes Exhibition
San Marcos Activity Center Walkers’ Gallery
September 12th – October 23rd, 2020

Naturescapes Awards Reception
San Marcos Activity Center
Saturday, September 12th, 2020
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm