Cullinan Park Conservancy



official rules


Selection of 2019 SUBMISSIONS

Contest Timeline and Deadlines

The contest submission period for images and registration 

  • Begins at 12AM CDT on the morning of Sunday, June 1, 2020 and
  • Ends at 11:59PM CDT on Monday, August 31,  2020

Winners will be announced on Friday, September 18, 2020.


The Cullinan Park Conservancy Photo Contest is open to any professional or amateur photographer, of any age, who has electronically submitted a completed registration email and images, as described under the Rules section to Cullinan Park Conservancy during the dates listed above. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. The contest is open to all participants regardless of residence or citizenship, so long as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation.


The categories are:

(1) Flora (Trees, Flowers, Plants)

(2) Landscape

(3) Wildlife

(4) Photographer’s Choice. Please note, any photos with people that are recognizable (photos of the back of someone fishing is not usually recognizable) must include name and phone number as a consent to release, including the guardian/parent of any minors.

To encourage young photographers to enter, there will be a separate Youth Category for anyone 18 years of age and under. The same rules apply. Anyone entering the Youth category should include their age in the entry.

Contest Objectives

The contest seeks to expand public awareness of the Joseph S. and Lucie H. Cullinan Park. 

Registration Fees

There is NO fee to participate!

How to Enter: Rules and Image Requirements

All photos must be taken of subjects within the boundaries of Cullinan Park. If you need a map of the boundaries, please let us know. Note: Hodge’s Bend Cemetery is not within the boundaries. The photos do not necessarily need to be taken during the entry timeframe, as we understand other seasons can offer other great photos that you may have taken previously.

Participants must submit their entries via email to during the dates listed above.

Participants may enter a maximum of five (5) total images in whichever categories they choose (not 5 per category, but 5 total). Photographs must be submitted in digital format with a resolution large enough to support printing of a 16 x 20 inches image.

To ensure eligibility of your submission, please submit your entry as follows:

Contact Information:

First and Last Name of Photographer
Photographer’s Mailing Address
Photographer’s Phone Number
Adult or Youth Category – If Youth, Provide Age

Photo Information:

For each Photo Entered (up to 5), please provide the following information:

Name of Photo – Give your photo a creative name

Category – Indicate which of the four categories you believe the photo should be judged in. Judges reserve the right to change this if the subject does not fit the chosen category.

If any of the above-mentioned information is not complete, the entry may be disqualified.

Attach Images

Attach up to five .jpg images of a resolution high enough to support printing 16 x 20 inches. If you fid it necessary to send multiple e-mails, please include the Contact Information and Photo Information in each e-mail.

Ideally, to guarantee the highest quality presentation, all entries should have a resolution of 6 million pixels or greater (6 megapixels). Images that do not meet this standard may still be judged but might not be honored in the competition (at the jurors’ sole discretion) if the photographer is unable or unavailable to provide the proper resolution when asked, as determined by the Cullinan Park Conservancy.

Please remove any watermarks on photos. Photos with watermarks may be disqualified as entries are to remain anonymous for the judges.

By entering this contest, the participant represents, acknowledges, and warrants the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the participant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy and publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest to the photograph. Any images submitted incorrectly may be subject to disqualification.

Cullinan Park Conservancy reserves the right to upload, store and share photos submitted through the contest process to its social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as its website at


All photos must be captured while abiding by all Cullinan Park rules. The general safety and well-being of people in the park as well as conservation of wildlife and its habitat takes priority. Participant must minimize the disturbance of people, wildlife, and habitat. No photographs of tame or caged animals will be allowed. No animals may be trapped or restrained. No persons may be harmed.

Jury and Judging

Eligible submissions will be judged by a panel of no fewer than three independent jurors by a procedure of blind judging. The designated submission requirements assure that the photographer will be anonymous to the jurors. Therefore, it is important that all participants follow the submission instructions carefully. Decisions of the jurors are final.


Jurors are instructed to select the best photos based on photographic merit. When determining photographic merit, jurors will consider technical quality, composition, originality, and artistic merit. Cullinan Park Conservancy is looking for striking digital images of nature, highlighting the richness, beauty and diversity of life in Cullinan Park.  

recognition of winners

Any entrants recognized in the contest may be featured in news releases and online via social media and the website and/or may be invited to an exhibit at a location of the choosing and discretion of Cullinan Park Conservancy. Time, date, and location subject to change. Check the website and Facebook page for updates. Contest winners will be notified by Friday, September 18, 2020.   

Ownership and Use of Images

Cullinan Park Conservancy reserves the right to use entrants’ images for its purposes, including, but not limited to, production of educational and promotional materials, promotion of future contests, public relations, advertising, and photo exhibits.

The participant grants Cullinan Park Conservancy royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to photographs submitted to the contest:

  • To use the photograph on the Internet in support of its mission.
  • To use the photograph in Cullinan Park Conservancy’s communications.
  • To provide the photograph to other individuals and organizations for non-commercial use, Cullinan Park related use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, websites, etc.
  • To use, relating to the Photo Contest, participant’s name, city, county, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.
  • To keep the files provided, and to archive the images on CD or in other electronic forms, so that the photos can be used to support Cullinan Park Conservancy’s mission and be properly credited.

Right to Cancel or Suspend Contest

If for any reason the contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure, or any other cause  that corrupts or affects the administration, security, integrity, fairness, or proper conduct of this contest, Cullinan Park Conservancy reserves the right to disqualify any individuals who tampers with the entry process and/or cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the contest, in whole or in part. If Cullinan Park Conservancy elects to cancel or terminate the contest, the Conservancy will release its rights to the submitted photographs, and will not be held responsible for any foregone prizes, awards or other recognition.

Limitation of Liability

Cullinan Park Conservancy assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission, for any communication line failure, for any theft or destruction to contest entries, or for any unauthorized access or alteration to contest entries. Cullinan Park Conservancy is not responsible for the failure of any entry to be received due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website, due to human error of any kind, or any combination thereof.

Indemnification by Participants

By entering the contest, the participant releases and holds harmless the Cullinan Park Conservancy and its sponsors, affiliates, employees, directors, and officers from any and all liability of any injuries, loss or damage of any kind to persons, including death, or property damage, resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize, participating in this contest, or participating in any prize-related activity. Participant also agrees to defend, fully indemnify, and hold completely harmless Cullinan Park Conservancy and its sponsors, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, directors, and officers from all claims by third parties without limitation.

Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to


Thank you for helping celebrate the natural beauty of Cullinan Park!