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The Umstead Coalition 
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We've highlighted some of our annual events below. Check out our Event Calendar to see all of our events!

Annual Photo & Illustration Contests

Photography Contest

The Annual  “Photo Contest - Catch the Spirit of William B. Umstead State Park”  and  Exhibit  feature sphotography of the Park, its structures and nature, so get out your cameras, pick out your best shots and submit an entry to our contest. The submission deadline will be in May 2021, registration open in January.

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Photo credit: Gregory Diamond, 2017 Umstead Photo Contest

Adult Photography Categories

Entries are limited to one per category.

1. Where are Your Footprints?

People doing Park activities, or evidence of people doing Park activities

2. Stories in Stone

Remnants and structures of the Park history

3. In the Wild

Park flora and fauna

Youth Photography Categories

Youth are 16 years old and under. Youth will have the same categories as adults, but will be judged together rather than by category. 

Prizes

First, Second and  Honorable Mention winners will receive the following:

  • Feature in a special exhibit at the Umstead State Park Visitor Center
  • Complimentary Umstead State Park calendar
  • One-year household membership for The Umstead Coalition
  • Winning photo posted on The Umstead Coalition website

    Catch the Spirit of Umstead State Park Exhibit

    Winners are encouraged to attend the exhibit reception, which is open to the public. The reception will take place  on a date and time to be determined when safe to gather.

    Registration

    Registration will open in January, 2021

    Rules and Waiver

    Photos must be taken in Umstead State Park to be eligible. Your photo can be taken at anytime, so you can take new photos or look through your treasure trove of past photos. See the contest rules and waiver here.

    Illustration Contest

    Image credit: Leisa-Marie Hume, The goal of our annual illustration contest is to showcase some of the wonders of Umstead State Park using graphic illustrations. Winning illustrations will be featured on displays at the Park Visitor Center, commemorative t-shirts and similar items to support our Park. The submission deadline will be in May 2021, registration open in January.

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    Illustrations (drawings) featuring or inspired by plants, animals, landscape or historic features within Umstead State Park will be accepted.  Please submit your graphic illustration as an Illustrator file compatible with CS5, but we will accept EPS, JPG, TIP or Photoshop.

    Prizes

    Multiple winners are possible. Winning entries will receive:

    • Featured display at Park Visitor Center
    • Featured illustration on items supporting the Park (e.g., t-shirts, canvas bags, note cards)
    • Complimentary Umstead State Park calendar
    • One-year household membership for The Umstead Coalition
    • Winning graphic posted on The Umstead Coalition website
    • Catch the Spirit of Umstead State Park Exhibit
    Winners are encouraged to attend the exhibit reception, which is open to the public. The reception will take place  on a date and location to be determined.

    Registration

    Registration will open in January, 2021

    Rules and Waiver

    See the contest rules and waiver here.

    Past Photo & Illustration Contest Winners

                 2020 Winners
      

    2019 Winners

    2018 Winners

    2017 Winners

    2016 Winners

    2015 Winners



    2014 Winners

    WALK/RUN/BIKE FOR UMSTEAD

    Join us in 2021: Saturday, April 17

    Enjoy a great day on park trails with a 4-mile walk/run or 4, 7 or 12-mile bike tour. Our annual event includes runners, walkers, babies in strollers and pets on leashes. 

    Participants are serenaded along the route by supporters and musicians and greeted at the finish with great snacks and acoustic music from the stage. There are children's activities, a silent auction, food trucks and more. All funds raised are used for the benefit of Umstead State Park.

    The Umstead Coalition

    We are dedicated to preserving the natural integrity of William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek Corridor.