Contributed by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

The winners of the 2021 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest are listed below. As usual, the judges had a very difficult time selecting the winning photos from among the thousands entered. The 2022 contest will be announced later this year.

“The abundant diversity in Alabama’s landscape and native wildlife make it a photographers paradise,” said Chris Blankenship, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). “From the north Alabama mountains to the state’s Gulf Coast beaches, the winning images in this year’s Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest highlight the natural beauty of our state.”

Sponsors of the 2021 photo contest include the Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association (ACEOA), Alabama State Parks, and the Alabama Tourism Department. Each winner will receive a prize pack and be featured in a traveling exhibit throughout 2021. First place winners in each category will also receive a $50 gift card from Academy Sports + Outdoors (provided by ACEOA). Second place winners in each category will receive a $25 Alabama State Parks gift card. When the 2021 traveling exhibit schedule is finalized, it will be posted on

John Hillsman, III, of Beauregard, received an honorable mention for his entry of the Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion. Hillsman is the band director at Beauregard High School.

For a complete list of winners visit­tos/outdo­oralaba­ma/albu­ms/721­5771813­7637166.