The Alligator Lake Photo Contest will be conducted in conjunction with the Alligator Lake Spring Festival on Saturday, April 14, 2018.  

The contest is intended to: 

  • Inform the public about the environmental and recreational wealth offered by Alligator Lake Park in Columbia County, Florida
  • Encourage local photographers to appreciate and creatively interpret that wealth
  • Provide a Venue for the creative work of local photographers.


The subject of all work submitted must be Alligator Lake, the people who use the park, and/or the plants, animals, and scenery found there. Each photo shall be entered in one of three categories: 

  • Recreation Photos showing people using Alligator Lake Park recreationally, such as picnicking, fishing, running, nature study, etc.
  • Nature Photos submitted in the "Nature" category should accurately reflect the plants, animals, and/or scenery as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) must be entered in the "Creative" category.
  • Creative Entries will include photos created using such photographic techniques as HDR, composites, abstracts, etc. or modified beyond the limits of the “Nature” category.

How to Enter:

A nominal entry fee of $10 permits entry of up to two photographs per category (six entries per photographer, total.) Please review the Photo Submission page for details. 

Deadline for Entry is March 1, 2018! 

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Yes, photos created using areal/drone techniques may be submitted! Of course drone operators must comply with all FAA and local/state regulations.  Wildlife may not be disturbed, chased, or harassed (and that applies to ALL photographers!) And photos must be taken at, on, or above Alligator Lake Recreation Area.


One Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $100

One First Place Winner in each category will be awarded $50 

In addition to the above, Four Rivers Audubon Wild Birds Unlimited will award a prize for the Best Bird Photo!