TEXAS FOREST TRAIL REGION LAUNCHES “FOCUS ON THE FOREST TRAIL” PHOTO COMPETITION
NACOGDOCHES, Texas –– Beginning January 16, amateur photographers can compete for top honors in an online photo competition conducted by Texas Forest Trail Region to advocate for and promote the region’s 35-county service area as an integral part of the Texas experience. The contest, which culminates in the announcement of the winners at Texas Forest Trail Region’s March 22 Annual Meeting in Nacogdoches, is soliciting photos in 5 categories: Regional Events, Family Fun, Nature, East Texas Heritage and History, and Wild Card. “The Wild Card represents the strangest, coolest, weirdest, most amazing things and people in East Texas that can’t easily fit into another category,” according to Mary Turner, Executive Director. A cash prize will be awarded to one winner in each of the 5 categories. Additionally, the judges will select a Grand Prize Winner, who will not be a category winner. The general public will also get a chance to vote on a “fan favorite” with an online poll, which will open following the February 24 submission deadline at www.TexasForestTrail.com/photo. The fan favorite winner will also receive a cash prize. “One of our organizational goals this year was to develop a strong media library that showcased the beauty, mystery, and manners of our region,” says Dr. Chay Runnels, Texas Forest Trail Region board president and Hospitality Administration Program Coordinator at Stephen F. Austin State University. “What better way to represent the diversity of assets and experiences here in East Texas than a competition to bring together so many talented people who saw something special here.”
The contest, which is open to all U.S. residents 18 years of age and older closes to submissions on February 24, 2012. Photos may be submitted online through Flickr™, Facebook©, or through the official entry form on the Texas Forest Trail Region web site. Official rules for entry, guidelines for submission, prize information, and legal considerations may be found online at www.TexasForestTrail.com/photo
The Texas Forest Trail Region is a regional tourism initiative developed by the Texas Historical Commission that helps Texans connect with their roots and visitors experience the Texas story. The Texas Forest Trail Region encompasses 35 counties in East Texas including Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Franklin, Gregg, Hardin, Harrison, Henderson, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Marion, Montgomery, Morris, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Walker and Wood.