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The Appleton Museum of Art and Silver Springs State Park have partnered to announce the Florida SpringsFest Photography Contest. Photos you have taken on any camera or mobile device of Silver Springs State Park are eligible. Entries are being accepted January 8–February 5, 2024; each participant may submit up to one (1) photo per category. Submissions will be juried by Appleton Museum of Art and Silver Springs State Park staff. This contest is open to all ages; no experience is necessary. There is no fee to participate.

Two overall prizes will be awarded by age group: youth (17 and under) and adult (18 and older). Additional prizes will be awarded in each category.

Entries will be displayed in an exhibition at Silver Springs State Park from March 2–April 30, 2024.

Please read below for information on submitting photos and other contest details.

Photography Contest Categories

  • Color
  • Flora and Fauna
  • People

Contest Details and Rules

  • Entries must be original and taken by the person submitting the entry. Parents/guardians may submit photos on behalf of children under 18.
  • Photos must have been taken at Silver Springs State Park (no specific timeframe).
  • From January 8-February 5, 2024, email photos to Include the category in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. For youth, please include age.
  • Entries must be submitted by email; those submitted by mail or through Facebook or other social media will not be accepted.
  • Entries will be juried and winning photos will be selected based on creativity, quality and overall impact.
  • Winners will be notified before announcements are made on social media.
  • The first 500 entries and the winning photos will be printed; others will be displayed virtually. Details will be announced before the exhibition opens.
  • For ease of printing, photos will be cropped to 4 x 4 in. or 4 x 6 in. There are no guarantees for special printing of panoramas.
  • Photos must be tasteful and a positive representation of Silver Springs State Park. Any photos or emails that do not adhere to all of the guidelines may be disqualified at the discretion of staff.
  • Prizes will be shipped or available for pickup at the museum. Winners must provide a U.S. shipping address to request the prize by mail; international shipping is not available.
  • Questions? Email


2024 SpringsFest Photography Exhibition

March 2–April 30, 2024
Silver Springs State Park
1425 N.E. 58th Ave. Ocala FL 34470

The first 500 entries and the winning photos will be printed, others will be displayed virtually, at Silver Springs State Park. More details will be announced before the exhibition opens. Regular park admission fees apply to visit the exhibition. Click here for visitor information.

(pictured) Photo courtesy of Dave Miller. 

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