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"Give Us Your Best Shot" Photo Contest Guidelines

The IAPD/IPRA Joint Editorial Committee invites you to show off your agency and its visual images with "Give Us Your Best Shot," a photo contest sponsored by the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA).

There is a limit of five (5) entries per category. First Place finishers will receive a framed copy of their photo. Winning entries will be published in Illinois Parks & Recreation magazine and displayed as part of a special showcase at the IAPD/IPRA Conference in Chicago in January. Photographs will be judged on the basis of exposure, clarity/focus, subject matter relative to category.

Four categories for entry:

  • Recreation/People at Play
  • Sports
  • Wildlife (deer, birds, butterflies, etc.)
  • Nature/Landscapes (flowers, sunsets, lakes, buildings, etc.)

Click here for contest rules as well as a waiver that must be signed and returned with your submission.


Last Year's Winners:


2016 1st Place - Recreation - "Take a Deep Breath"
Mike Terson
Buffalo Grove Park District


2016 1st Place - Nature - "Art Through Nature"
Elizabeth Mantynband
Park District of Highland Park





2016 1st Place - Sports - "Keeping Your Eye on the Ball
at Pottawatomie Park"
Mike Frankowski
St. Charles Park District




2016 1st Place - Wildlife - "Alternate Universe"
Justin Sienkiewicz
Schaumburg Park District