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(Jefferson City) – Time is running out for amateur shutterbugs across the Show-Me State to win both prizes and bragging rights in the 3rd annual Missouri Snapshots Photo Contest, sponsored by Rural Missouri magazine and Missouri State Parks.

The contest features five categories for adults and a category specifically for shutterbugs age 17 and younger. The deadline to enter is Friday, October 25, and the winning entries will be published in the January 2014 issue of Rural Missouri.

New this year is the option of entering photographs in the contest using the website, Flickr. The themes for this year’s categories include “Capture the Beauty,” “Spend the Night,” “Catch Your Limit,” “Discover the Past,” “Hit the Trails” and “Share the Wonder.” All photographs entered must have been taken at one of Missouri’s 87 state parks or historic sites and will be judged on sharpness, composition, lighting, creativity and adherence to the category’s theme.

In the categories for adults, each first-place photographer will win a Missouri State Park Getaway Package that will be tailored to the winner’s recreational interests. Valued at $500, the package will include lodging, meals and a state park activity. Second-place winners will win a $100 Missouri State Parks gift card. Each third-place photographer will win a $50 Missouri State Parks gift card. In the youth category, the first, second, and third place photographers will win $100, $50 and $25 Missouri State Parks gift cards, respectively.

The contest is open to amateur photographers only. For instructions on entering online, visit www.flickr.com/groups/mo-snapshots13. Those who wish to enter a print may find more details at www.ruralmissouri.coop/photocontest.php. Learn more about Missouri’s state parks at www.mostateparks.com.

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