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Ready. Aim. Click! Grab your camera and head to one of more than 90 state parks and historic sites this spring to participate in the second annual Texas State Parks Photo Contest. With new categories added this time around, photographers of all ages have a chance to win.

Whether it’s a photo from a weekend get together with friends, or even a “selfie,” your playful moments at your favorite state park could be published in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine. Additionally, you could win a new HERO3+ Silver Edition GoPro© video camera from Whole Earth Provision Co., valued at $300.

Photos must be entered between March 1 and midnight, April 14.

This year’s categories will feature photos by kids (17 and under), photos by adults (18 years or older) and Instagram photos.

Whether you plan to enter the contest or not, Texas’ state parks offer a wide array of locations to view and photograph yourself and others in the company of some of the state’s most remarkable scenery, flowers, wildlife and landmarks.

Some state parks have scheduled photography events, including a photography workshop on March 15 at Ray Roberts Lake State Park- Isle du Bois unit, and a photo tour of Big Bend Ranch State Park on March 21 and 28.

For photography events, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/photography .

To enter the contest, visit: www.texasstateparks.org/photography and follow the links to the contest. Sign into Flickr (Yahoo), or for entrants who prefer to sign in with an existing Google account or Facebook account, there’s a way to do that, too. Select “Join This Group” to be added to the “2014 Texas State Parks Photo Contest,” then upload your entries.

Don’t forget to tag the state park or natural area where the photo was taken. Photos must be tagged with “17U” if you are under 17 years of age. Instagram entries must be tagged with the hashtag #MyParkPic and include the name of the state park where the photo was taken.

The photo contest is open to all photographers, except TPWD employees and their immediate family. Winners will be contacted on or about May 15 through their Flickr or Instagram accounts. For complete contest rules, visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/parks/things-to-do/photo-contest-rules .

For a complete park list, visit: www.texasstateparks.org.

Source: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

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