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Rules for the Photo Contest

2024 Photo Contest Rules

1. General Competition Rules:


a. The public may submit photos.  Board members of Friends of New River Gorge National Park & Preserve (FNRGNPP), National Park Service (NPS) employees and families of either entity may submit photos but are not eligible for prizes.


b. Photographers may submit up to three (3) photos in each of the three (3) categories. However, the same photo may not be submitted in multiple categories.


c. There is a $15.00 submission fee per photo for adults and those age 16 and above, and a $10.00 submission fee per photo for youth entries.  Both adults and youth are limited to a maximum of three (3) photos in each of the three (3) categories. 

d. Photos may be current or historical and may be in color or black and white.


e. Submissions must be matted with the actual photograph no smaller than 5”x 7” in size.  Photographers are responsible for printing and matting their entries.  Framing is not required but is acceptable.


f. All photos must have been taken in the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve, Bluestone National Scenic River or Gauley River National Recreation Area.


g. Photos of pictures, paintings, lithographs, or other photographs are not eligible for submission.


h. Photographers agree to allow FNRGNPP to use pictures of their submissions on the FNRGNPP Facebook page, other social media, or other publications without compensation.  All selected photographers will be credited for their photographs with the photographer maintaining all rights to their photographs submitted.


2. Categories:


a. Youth and adults will be grouped together in the following three (3) categories:

  • New River Gorge National Park & Preserve

  • Bluestone National Scenic River

  • Gauley River National Recreation Area


Examples of submissions may include photographs of such things as:

  • Landscape and Scenery: Mountains, creeks, historic areas, snowy fields,
    clouds, buildings, architecture, etc. 

  • Flora and Fauna: Birds, bees, animals, flowers, trees, etc.

  • Activities in the Areas: Fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, climbing, boating, etc.


3. Prizes:


  1. One (1) photograph will be selected in each main category (Youth & adults are judged together):

  • 1st place - $50.00 cash

  • 2nd place – ribbon

  • 3rd place - ribbon


b. One (1) photograph will be selected as "Best in Show" with a cash award of $100.00.  The "Best in Show" winner is not eligible for the main category awards.


4. Timeline and Other Information:


  1. All pictures must be submitted no later than March 17, 2024.  Pictures submitted past the deadline are not eligible for entry.


  1. FNRGNPP will display all pictures at McCreery Conference & Event Center (320 Second Ave, Hinton, WV for a Coffee, and Desserts Exhibition Event on March 24, 2024, from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


  1. Those in attendance at the March 24 event will select the winners of the “Best in Show” as well as the three (3) winners in each of the three main categories by purchasing tickets at $1.00 per vote.  Voting will commence at 3:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.  Votes will then be tabulated, and all winners will be announced at 5:45 p.m.  All winners not in attendance will be notified via email and/or phone by March 31.


5.  Entries and submission

  1. All submission fees must be paid online at:  hhhtps:// OR

mailed to FNRGNPP at PO Box 312, Glen Jean, WV 25846


  1. Photos may be submitted in person at any of the following locations during normal business hours:

  • NPS Headquarters 

104 Main Street, Glen Jean, WV (M-F; 8am-4:30pm)

  • Fayette County Chamber of Commerce 

310 W Oyler Ave, Oak Hill, WV (M-F; 9am-5pm)

  • Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce 

245 N Kanawha St, Beckley, WV (M-F; 9am-5pm)

  • Sandstone Visitor Center

330 Meadow Creek Rd. Sandstone, WV (Daily; 9am-5pm)

  • New River Gateway Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

300 2nd Ave, Hinton, WV (M-F; 9am-5pm)

No submission fees will be accepted at drop off locations.  Submission fees must be paid online or mailed.


c.   Each photo shall be marked on the back with the following information:


Mailing Address

Phone Number 

Email Address


Payment confirmation

Drop off location

Do you want this returned (Y/N)


  1. All winning entries will be exhibited at the McCreery during the month of March/April. Non-winning entries may be taken home on the day of the event. All other non-winning entries will be available for pickup at the same location as where they were dropped off from March 25 through April 25, 2024. The displayed winning entries will be returned after April 30.   All photos not recovered will become the property of FNRGNPP.

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