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  • Winners of the 2023 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest Announced

    The winners of the 2023 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest are listed below. As usual, the judges had a very difficult time selecting the winning photos from among the thousands entered. The 2024 contest will be announced later this year.

    “The abundant diversity in Alabama’s landscape and native wildlife make it a photographer’s paradise,” said Chris Blankenship, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). “From the north Alabama mountains to the state’s Gulf Coast, the winning images in this year’s Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest highlight the natural beauty of our state. Congrats to all of the winners!”

    Sponsors of the 2023 photo contest include Alabama State Parks, the Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association, and the Alabama Tourism Department. Each winner will receive a prize pack and be featured in a traveling exhibit throughout 2023. When the traveling exhibit schedule is finalized, it will be posted on www.outdooralabama.com.

    Click here to see the winners!

    Categories and Winners

    Alabama State Parks
    1st Place - Evan Lanier, Pulpit Rock at Cheaha State Park
    2nd Place - Brad Lackey, DeSoto Falls at DeSoto State Park
    3rd Place - John Denney III, Dawn fishing at Wind Creek State Park
    Honorable Mention - Katie Gwinn, Hiking at Oak Mountain State Park

    Birds
    1st Place - Christopher Baker, Sandhill cranes at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
    2nd Place - Jim Flynn, Blue jay in Albertville
    3rd Place - Amber Hart, Blue grosbeak at the Mallard Fox Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lawrence County
    Honorable Mention - Stacey Reid, Great horned owl in Lauderdale County

    Wildlife
    1st Place - Amanda Chapman, Raccoon in Tuscumbia
    2nd Place - Lindsey Green, Fox kits in Union Grove
    3rd Place - Christopher Jessee, Black bear in Saraland
    Honorable Mention - John Denney III, Fox squirrel

    Cold-blooded Critters
    1st Place - Matthew Dees, American alligator near the Mobile Bay Causeway
    2nd Place - Amber Hart, Spotted salamander in Guntersville
    3rd Place - Matthew Dees, Land crab near the Mobile Bay Causeway
    Honorable Mention - Gene Tilley, Tree frog in Ethelsville

    Bugs and Butterflies
    1st Place - Amber Hart, Marbled orbweaver in Guntersville
    2nd Place - Brent Eanes, Painted lady on Dauphin Island
    3rd Place - Jim Flynn, Red ant in Albertville
    Honorable Mention - Christopher Baker, Bee on Joe-Pye Weed

    Sweet Home Alabama
    1st Place - Benjamin Rollings, Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival in Foley
    2nd Place - Jeff Hampton, Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville
    3rd Place - Tamara Petty-Neal, Downtown Mobile
    Honorable Mention - Joe Miller, Etowah Memorial Bridge in Gadsden

    Nature-Based Recreation
    1st Place - Laurie Schaerer, Net casting in Bayou la Batre
    2nd Place - Amata Hinkle, Caving in Jackson County
    3rd Place - Chris Funk, Angler with a spotted bass on the Coosa River near Wetumpka
    Honorable Mention - Jesse Adams, Hikers in the Talladega National Forest

    Shoots and Roots
    1st Place - Jim Bale, Deer moss at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
    2nd Place - Peter Marting, Frost's bolete mushroom in the Talladega National Forest
    3rd Place - Audra Spears, Wild azalea at Lake Martin
    Honorable Mention - Gene Tilley, Yellow-fringed orchid in Millport

    Scenic
    1st Place - Richard Jenkins, Oak Street in Magnolia Springs
    2nd Place - Keith Bozeman, Flint Creek cascade in Vinemont
    3rd Place - Michael Vaughn Jr., Sunset at Fairhope pier on Mobile Bay
    Honorable Mention - Jamie Williams, Covered bridge on the Madison County Nature Trail

    Young Photographers
    1st Place - Drake Allen (age 16), Damselfly
    2nd Place - Blakely Stafford (age 17), Speckled trout caught on Dauphin Island
    3rd Place - Levi Lynn (age 16), Butterfly
    Honorable Mention - Levi Odom (age 10), Brother fishing in Vernon

    For more information about the Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest, visit www.outdooralabama.com/photocontest.

    ADCNR promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. Learn more at www.outdooralabama.com.

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