The Annual “Photo Contest - Catch the Spirit of William B. Umstead State Park” and Exhibit features photography 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 deadline for submissions to the 2023 contest has passed.
Entries are limited to one per category. If submitting in more than one category, each entry must submitted with a separate registration form.
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 are 16 years old and under. Youth will have the same categories as adults, but will be judged together rather than by category.
First, Second and Honorable Mention winners will receive the following:
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 announced closer to the event.
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.
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. There is no limit to the number of illustrations submitted by each person, but each submission must be uploaded with a separate registration entry.
We are also looking for simple line art that we can use on mugs and water bottles.
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. Illustrations can be hand drawn or computer generated and can also include computer enhanced photographs. The deadline for submissions to the 2023 contest has passed.
Multiple winners are possible. Winning entries will receive:
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.
See the contest rules and waiver here.