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Area shutterbugs invited to show off skills in Obed exhibit

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The National Park Service invites photographers to submit entries for an exhibit at the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center.

The National Park Service is looking for striking digital images of nature, highlighting the diversity of life in the park.

Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, weather or people interacting with nature within the Obed Wild and Scenic River.

All photographs, except those submitted as artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

Photographs may be submitted into one of five categories: Fauna (animals in their natural habitat, including close-ups of invertebrates); flora (plants in their natural habitat, including close-ups of flowers, fungi, lichen and algae); landscapes (expansive and dramatic views of the land and its features); artistic (artistic compositions in nature both natural and manipulated in post processing); and youth (entries by photographers younger than the age of 18, and each photograph must fit the criteria of the first four categories).

Each photographer may submit a maximum of three photographs.

Photographers may choose to submit their three photos in multiple categories or in only one category.

Entries will be judged on technical excellence, originality, creativity, visual impact and artistic merit.

Judges’ decisions are final. Selected images will be displayed at an exhibition at the Visitor Center beginning on Sept. 6.

A public reception showcasing the winners will on Sept. 27.

Entries must be received no later than Aug. 19.

Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form with all
information clearly filled out.

Entry forms and additional rules may be obtained at www.nps.gov/obed/photosmultimedia/obed-photo-contest.htm.

Entries must be in electronic format and may be emailed to obri_information@nps.gov or dropped off at or mailed to the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden Street, Wartburg, TN 37887.

For more information, contact the park’s visitor center at 423-346-6294.