2018 Photo Contest

Update: The 2018 Photo Contest has ended. Check out our current contest.

Calling all photographers! Have you taken pictures in the Elkhart County Parks this year? We want to see! Whether it’s a landscape, a wildlife pic, or a great family moment in the park, send it our way.


Any photographer may submit pictures for display; however, Elkhart County Parks personnel, their immediate family, and professionals may not compete for awards. Elkhart County Parks reserves the right to reject entries which might be judged in poor taste. All entries must be accompanied by a digital version.


Forms are available at the Elkhart County Parks administration office and must accompany each picture attached to the back. Entries may be color or black and white. 5” x 7” minimum to 11” x 14” maximum, and mounted flush or matted (no glass frames or picture hooks). Three entries in each category are allowed per person.


Attach entry form and deliver photo to one of the locations listed below:

Elkhart County Parks Administrative Office
211 West Lincoln Ave. Goshen, IN 46526

Elkhart County Historical Museum
304 W. Vistula St. Bristol, IN 46507


Email digital files to: cfranke@elkhartcounty.com

Submission Deadline

Photo entries must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019. Digital copies of all entries must also be submitted before the entry deadline via email to: cfranke@elkhartcounty.com.

For additional information, contact the parks administration office at 574-535-6458.

Photo Contest Categories

A) Boot Lake Nature Preserve

Capture the unique and natural beauty of our newest park property! From scenic vistas and sweeping landscapes to wildlife encounters and botanical beauty, we want to see what makes Boot Lake Nature Preserve special to you. Pictures must be taken within the preserve and can include people, flora, fauna, and landscapes.

B) Nature of the Photo

Inspire with photos showcasing the wild beauty of Michiana flora and fauna. Entries in this category do not have to be taken within the Elkhart County Parks.

C) Activities in the Parks

Inspire with photos showcasing the wild beauty of Michiana flora and fauna. Entries in this category do not have to be taken within the Elkhart County Parks and can feature visitors, staff, facilities, or landscapes. Eligible properties include:

  • Ox Bow County Park
  • Bonneyville Mill County Park
  • River Preserve County Park
  • Boot Lake Nature Preserve
  • Cobus Creek County Park
  • Elkhart County Historical Museum
  • Treasure Island
  • Wolf Lake
  • Turkey Creek
  • Pumpkinvine Nature Trail
  • Six-Span Bridge Boat Launch


Youth entries will be selected from all three existing categories. Photographers must be 16 years of age or younger to be considered. Please enter your photograph in category A, B, or C, and indicate your age on the entry slip. Photos will be judged in their respective category, then separated for judging in the Youth Category.

Judging & Awards

Three independent judges will pick winners and award ribbons for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category, including Youth entries. Special ribbons will also be given to the Best of Show and Best Black & White winners.

Photo Display

All entries will be displayed as a special one-week exhibit at the Elkhart County Historical Museum Saturday, January 26 through Saturday, February 2, 2019.

Photo Pickup

After the display, entries and awards will be available for pickup at the Elkhart County Parks Administration Office beginning Friday, February 8, 2019. Photos MUST be picked up by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019, or they will become property of the Elkhart County Parks. Elkhart County Parks will not be responsible for damaged or stolen photos.

Important Dates

  • JAN 18 – Photo Entry Deadline
  • JAN 24 – Photo Judging
  • JAN 26 – Photo Contest Reception
    10 am–12 pm at Elkhart County Historical Museum
  • JAN 26-Feb 2 – Photo Contest Exhibition
    (Regular Hours at Elkhart County Historical Museum)
  • FEB 8 – Photo Pick-up Begins
  • MAR 1 – Pick-up Deadline