The Annual “Photo Contest - Catch the Spirit of William B. Umstead State Park” and Exhibit feature sphotography of the Park, its structures and nature, so get out your cameras, pick out your best shots and submit an entry to our contest. The submission deadline will be in May 2021, registration open in January.
Entries are limited to one per category.
1. Where are Your Footprints?
People doing Park activities, or evidence of people doing Park activities
2. Stories in Stone
Remnants and structures of the Park history
3. In the Wild
Park flora and fauna
Youth are 16 years old and under. Youth will have the same categories as adults, but will be judged together rather than by category.
First, Second and Honorable Mention winners will receive the following:
Winners are encouraged to attend the exhibit reception, which is open to the public. The reception will take place on a date and time to be determined when safe to gather.
Photos must be taken in Umstead State Park to be eligible. Your photo can be taken at anytime, so you can take new photos or look through your treasure trove of past photos. See the contest rules and waiver here.
The goal of our annual illustration contest is to showcase some of the wonders of Umstead State Park using graphic illustrations. Winning illustrations will be featured on displays at the Park Visitor Center, commemorative t-shirts and similar items to support our Park. The submission deadline will be in May 2021, registration open in January.
Illustrations (drawings) featuring or inspired by plants, animals, landscape or historic features within Umstead State Park will be accepted. Please submit your graphic illustration as an Illustrator file compatible with CS5, but we will accept EPS, JPG, TIP or Photoshop.
Multiple winners are possible. Winning entries will receive:
Registration will open in January, 2021
See the contest rules and waiver here.
Past Photo & Illustration Contest Winners
Join us in 2021: Saturday, April 17
Enjoy a great day on park trails with a 4-mile walk/run or 4, 7 or 12-mile bike tour. Our annual event includes runners, walkers, babies in strollers and pets on leashes.
Participants are serenaded along the route by supporters and musicians and greeted at the finish with great snacks and acoustic music from the stage. There are children's activities, a silent auction, food trucks and more. All funds raised are used for the benefit of Umstead State Park.