Calling All Shutterbugs
The Boerne Visitor Center kicked off the first of four seasonal photo contests in December. We had 54 different photographers submit 133 images taken in and around the Boerne community highlighting the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country during the winter season. The photos throughout this post were some of our favorites.
The task of judging the first contest was daunting due to the caliber of images that had been submitted. Our team of judges took more than an hour to narrow the images down to the top three and then finally to select the top image to take the $100 VISA Card prize home. Winner, Hannah Evans, has also secured herself one of the 13 coveted pages (12 months plus the cover) in the inaugural Boerne Calendar. (1st place- Evening Fishing at Boerne Lake)
The SPRING contest has kicked off already, since we are having a very spring-like February this year and are already seeing new growth around town. It will run through mid-May, so there is time to plan your Boerne visit to snap that winning shot if you call another town “Home”. If you’ve visited in the past and have an exceptional shot in your archives that you are particularly proud of, please feel free to submit your spring photo entries now.
Boerne is blessed with an abundance of beautifully scenic photo-ops around town, as well as other parks out in Kendall County that are eligible for contest entry. Can’t miss stops include:
- Cibolo Nature Center & Farm & the Herff Homestead
- Boerne City Lake Park
- River Road Park & Cibolo Trail
- Old No. 9 Greenway
- Main Plaza & the Waterworks Terrace/Cibolo Trailhead
- James Kiehl River Bend Park (Kendall County)
- Joshua Springs Park & Preserve (Kendall County)
- Kreutzberg Canyon (Kendall County)
- Guadalupe River State Park & Honey Creek State Natural Area (Kendall County)
- Cave Without a Name (Kendall County) & Cascade Caverns
We can’t give the recipe for a winning contest photo, but we can tell you the types of details that will make for an ideal image to be included in the Natural Beauty Boerne Calendar. Things that stand out to the judges include:
- Features or aspects of the image that are identifiably in Boerne or Kendall County.
- Stick to the theme. Spring Time, Natural Beauty in Boerne. Photos should be: Taken in Kendall County, in the spring & the subject should be nature (ie: not people, food, commercial buildings etc.)
- Images that are not “over-edited”. We are proud of the natural beauty here in the Texas Hill Country. The purpose of this contest and the eventual calendar is to highlight the exceptional environment that we have here. Basic editing is welcomed and sometimes necessary, but images that have been distorted are unlikely to be selected as a winner.
- A horizontal orientation will fit best in the calendar. Vertical images will have to be cropped to accommodate the eventual dimensions of the printed document.
Contest entry is a fairly simple process and is completed through the Facebook Photo Contest Application. Photographers can find the submission form on the Boerne Facebook page under “Photo Contest”. One simply goes there, uploads the image from your computer or mobile device and fills out the rest of the online form. Please note that the application will not allow Facebook account holders who are under 18 years of age to submit an image. A parent or guardian is welcome to submit for their child after emailing written permission to [email protected]. This is also the case for adults whodo not have a Facebook account. A friend or family member with a Facebook account can submit for them, but, a permission e-mail needs to be sent in advance, stating that the photographer and image submitter have both read and agree with the contest rules. In both instances (non-accountholders and minors) the photographer’s name needs to be included in the “Image Caption” so we can easily identify the actual photographer.