1. Submit your digital photograph(s) no later than 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, December 31, 2023.
  2. Contestants may submit a maximum of five photographs. You will need to submit each photograph separately.
  3. All photographs must be submitted at a maximum file size of 5 MB and in .jpeg format.
  4. Photographs must have been taken in the present year, 2023.
  5. To be eligible for judging, photographs must be taken in the Hancock Park System (i.e., parks owned and/or managed by the Hancock Park District), from the Blanchard River Greenway Trail, or of the Blanchard River (e.g., landscapes, wildlife, and outdoor recreation). Eligible photographs at Riverside Park must be taken along the waterfront, which is the area managed by the Hancock Park District.
  6. Amateurs of all ages are eligible to participate. Photographers under the age of 18 must have parental consent for each photograph submission via the Photography Contest Entry and Release Form.
  7. All photographs must be unpublished, must not have won any award, and must be submitted by the original photographer. Your photograph submission certifies that you are the sole owner of the photograph.


All qualified entries in the Photography Contest will be posted on the Hancock Park District Facebook page between January 2, 2024, and January 16, 2024, where the public can vote for one “People’s Choice” winner. The photograph with the most “likes” will be named the People’s Choice winner. The Hancock Park District will notify the winner via the email address used to enter the photograph at the time of entry within 10 days of January 16, 2024. A cash prize of $200, along with a plaque will be awarded.


  1. The Hancock Park District retains sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content and reserves the right to disqualify a photograph entry. Photographs containing recognizable people must be accompanied by a signed Photograph Contest Entry and Release Form for each person in the photograph.
  2. By entering the Hancock Park District Photography Contest, each contestant consents to the use of their name and/or photograph in any Hancock Park District publication, advertisement, or promotion via the website, social media, electronic billboards, and message centers and displays without notification or compensation.


By registering for the Hancock Park District Photography Contest, participants assume all risks associated with this activity, understand that all risks cannot be foreseen, waive all claims or causes of action arising from participation and the use of photographs by the Hancock Park District for promotional purposes, and release the Hancock Park District and its agents, employees, volunteers, and sponsors and their heirs, executors, and assigns from liability. Risks include but are not limited to personal property damage, bodily injury or illness in remote locations while in a park or on the trail or river, and the loss of photograph submissions due to human error or technical malfunction, cheating or fraud by a participant, and typographical or other error in the printing of material and correspondence and communication as a whole associated with the administration of the Hancock Park District Photography Contest.