April is truly one of the most photogenic time of year for the Hill Country. As the seasons change, it’s wonderful to see new life emerging as nature seems to come alive again in the greening grasses and the pops of color here and there from wildflowers.

Photos tell the story of the Hill Country much better than words ever can, which is why HCA began our annual Hill Country Photo Contest 12 years ago to encourage conservation and generate appreciation for the unique characteristics of our region. There is a great need to care for the Hill Country’s natural world. Photography helps to communicate what we have and helps people see the Hill Country’s open spaces not as something to be overcome, but preserved.
This year, our theme is ‘The Texas Hill Country: The Place and its People’. Photographers of all ages and skill levels, from amateurs to professionals, are welcome to participate and share images of the Hill Country they would want to capture and protect forever.
We are on pace to top our record number of submissions, but it’s not too late to enter! submit your photos today by May 31 at www.hillcountryalliance.org/PhotoContest2018.
Our judges are looking for a diverse array of photos, so remember that there’s more to the Hill Country than fields of bluebonnets — although who can resist the urge to pull over and capture our region’s favorite wildflower!
Here’s a look back at some of our favorite entries—and the photographers who submitted them—from years past to get your inspired.

Now go out and start photographing!

Katherine Romans
Executive Director

Peter Talke