Snap into Summer with the Annual Pics of the Parks Photo Contest

Oakland County Parks and Recreation invites park visitors to capture and share their park experiences in the annual Pics of the Parks Photo Contest.

Submitted photos must fall into a PARK’D category: Parks, Animals, Recreation, Kids, Dogs. All photos must be taken within the 13 Oakland County Parks with a limit of two entries per category. Entries must be submitted via email per the official rules.  An entry form is required. The entry form and official rules can be found at Involved. Photos can be taken in any season, but can only be submitted between May 27 and Sept. 2.

Photos will be judged by members of the Oakland Camera Club, with the winners announced by Oct. 21. A Best of Show will be awarded, along with first, second, third and honorable mention winners in each PARKS category. Best of Show will be judged by radio personality, Spike, of 95.5’s Mojo in the Morning program. The Best of Show photo will appear on the cover of the 2019 Oakland County Parks Annual Report.

The top six photographers (Best of Show and first place in each category) receive a mounted print of their entry. The prints will be displayed at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, Clarkston, from mid-October through mid-December. All entries and winners will be displayed on

“The Pics of the Parks Photo Contest is a celebration of the faces and places that make up Oakland County Parks,” Executive Officer Dan Stencil said. “This contest gives us the opportunity to see our parks through the eyes of our visitors and provides guests a way to visually share their experiences. Last year, 30 photographers entered 101 images in the contest. The photos get better and better each year.”

Information about the 13 Oakland County Parks locations, special events and recreation opportunities are available at Normal park entry and admission fees to access the parks are required.

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