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After more than 400 incredible submissions, the 2020 Hill Country Photo Contest has ended! Finalists will be contacted via email in the coming weeks as we proceed with judging. Stay tuned to Hill Country Alliance Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates regarding the winners.

Alison Lyons

2020 Hill Country Photo Contest – “The Wild and Wonderful Texas Hill Country”

Submissions accepted March 20 – May 31 – Click here to vote for the People’s Choice Award Winner!

The Texas Hill Country is a unique region of pristine springs, sprawling landscapes, diverse wildlife, star-filled skies, multi-generational land stewards, historic towns, and hidden oases. With a rapidly growing population and increasing development coming into the region, many of these special qualities are at risk of being lost forever. For the 14th annual Hill Country photo contest, HCA asks photographers to take out their cameras and focus on “The Wild and Wonderful Texas Hill Country.” 

We are looking for photography that captures the vibrant beauty of native landscapes, small towns, wildlife, and water resources of the Texas Hill Country. Every county, city, and town has something that makes it “wild and wonderful” and as a result, we  each have our own favorite piece of this region – whether it’s an urban park or a rural getaway. Through the photo contest, we are asking photographers to share images of the Hill Country they want to capture and protect forever.

The Photo Contest is open from March 20 through May 31, 2020. Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate by submitting up to four photos. Even if you don’t submit photos, you can vote for the “People’s Choice Award” and have a say in one of the winning photos. Winners will receive cash prizes and their photos will appear in HCA’s 2021 Calendar. 

HCA’s annual Texas Hill Country Calendar features stunning photography from each year’s photo contest. The purpose of the calendar is to highlight the beauty of the region while providing an informative resource on Hill Country conservation. HCA hopes their calendar will inspire people to learn more and become involved in the issues important to keeping the natural resources of this unique region intact.  

Entering is easy! Photos can be submitted online in just a few minutes.  See below for details.

Winning Photos and Prizes


13 winners will appear in HCA’s 2021 Texas Hill Country Calendar.  Other photos will be featured throughout the calendar in cameo appearances.  In addition to a full page photo feature, winners will receive a cash prize.

Grand Prize:    $300

First Prize:       $200

Second Prize:  $150

Third Prize:     $100

All other calendar page winners:  $50

People’s Choice Honoree:

This year’s photo contest will provide an opportunity for the public to view the photos that have been entered into the photo contest and vote for their favorite. The photo receiving the highest number of votes will be named the People’s Choice Honoree. The People’s Choice recipient will receive a $100 prize and a feature in HCA’s 2021 Texas Hill Country Calendar.

Enter Your Photos

Important tips:

• Read the Terms and Conditions carefully to make sure your photos qualify before uploading your photos

• Only color photographs will be eligible

• Only photos with horizontal/landscape layout will be eligible

• Do not add text (including names and dates), borders or frames

• Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified (see Terms and Conditions for details)

• Only photographs taken in the 17-county Hill Country region will qualify – see map

• After uploading your photos, go to the “your images” tab and click on each image to make sure it uploaded properly. If you are not satisfied with a photo you may delete your photo and try again. Be aware any votes for your photo will be lost upon deleting.

•  The HCA photo contest and calendar are all about conservation! Focus on entering photos that feature native plants and wildlife, starry skies, Texas heritage, and examples of people enjoying our healthy riparian areas, waterways, landscapes and land stewardship practices!