After more than 400 incredible submissions, the 2020 Hill Country Photo Contest has ended! Finalists will be contacted via email in the coming weeks as we proceed with judging. Stay tuned to Hill Country Alliance Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates regarding the winners.

2020 Hill Country Photo Contest – “The Wild and Wonderful Texas Hill Country” – March 20 through May 31, 2020 – Learn more about the 2020 Photo Contest


2020 Hill Country Alliance Photo Contest 

Rules, Terms and Conditions  

The Wild and Wonderful Texas Hill Country 

The Texas Hill Country is a unique region of pristine springs, sprawling landscapes, diverse wildlife, star-filled skies, multi-generational land stewards, historic towns, and hidden oases. With a rapidly growing population and increasing development coming into the region, many of these special qualities are at risk of being lost forever.  For the 14th annual Hill Country photo contest, HCA asks photographers to take out their cameras and focus on “The Wild and Wonderful Texas Hill Country.”  We are looking for photography that captures the vibrant beauty of our native landscapes, wildlife, and water resources of the Texas Hill Country. Beyond those natural and cultural features, we want to see photography that captures the small-town spirit and unique heritage of the people inhabiting this special part of Texas. Every county, city, and town has its own splash of colorful character and as a result, we each have our own favorite piece of this region whether it is in town or down a dirt road. Through the photo contest, we are asking photographers to share images of the Hill Country they want to capture and protect forever.  The Photo Contest is open from March 20 through May 31, 2020. Photographers of all ages and skill levels, from amateurs to professionals, are invited to participate. Winners will receive cash prizes and their photos will appear in HCA’s 2021 Calendar.  HCA’s annual Texas Hill Country Calendar features stunning photography from each year’s photo contest. The purpose of the calendar is to highlight the beauty of the region while providing an informative resource on Hill Country conservation. HCA hopes their calendar will inspire people to learn more and become involved in the issues important to keeping the natural resources of this unique region intact.  Entering is easy! Photos can be submitted online in just a few minutes. See below for details. 

Winning photos and prizes 

Winners:  13 winners will appear in HCA’s 2021 Texas Hill Country Calendar.  Other photos will be featured throughout the calendar in cameo appearances.  In addition to a full page photo feature, winners will receive a cash prize.   Grand Prize: $300   First Prize:$200  Second Prize:$150  Third Prize:$100  All other full calendar page winners:  $50  People’s Choice Honoree:  This year’s photo contest will provide an opportunity for the public to view the photos that have been entered into the photo contest and vote for their favorite. The photo that receives the highest number of votes will be named the People’s Choice Honoree. The People’s Choice recipient will receive a $100 prize and their photo will be featured in HCA’s 2021 Texas Hill Country Calendar. 

Agreement to release your photos to HCA 

Your entry in the contest constitutes your agreement to allow the use of your photos in HCA communications and promotions. This use may include its calendar, printed postcards, the HCA website, HCA collections of winners, online photo features, promotional cards and publications both online and off, emails and e-newsletters.    Entrants retain ownership and copyright to their photographs. Credit will be given by HCA to the photographer where possible.  


HCA’s 2020 Photo Contest is open to everyone, except employees of HCA, members of the Hill Country Alliance Board of Directors and their immediate families. Photographers of all ages are encouraged to enter. The Hill Country Alliance will have the sole right to judge entrant eligibility and to verify this eligibility for the purpose of selecting contest winners. 


  • Photos must be submitted in horizontal or landscape format as opposed to vertical or portrait orientation to be considered for printing and prizes 
  • Photographs should be submitted electronically as high quality jpegs, at a minimum of 72 ppi and 1008 pixels wide using the submission form on the HCA website.  
  • File size for each photograph submitted cannot exceed 2MB 
  • If chosen as a finalist, images must be submitted in 300 ppi maximum quality jpeg or tiff with a width of 14 inches and a height of 10 inches for printing 
  • All photos must be submitted in either JPEG or TIFF format  
  • Only color photos will qualify; no black and white photos will be accepted   
  • Photos must be free of watermarks or other text 
  • Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standards will be disqualified 
  • Any images not following the above formatting will not be considered 
Other Considerations 
  • Each contestant may enter a maximum of four photographs 
  • Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still warrant that you retain full rights to the photo. You must disclose when and where the photo appeared previously upon submission. 
  • Photographs must be taken within the 17 County Hill Country Region (see map) 
  • HCA is not responsible for lost or damaged submissions 
Release required for identifiable people  If people are identifiable in the photo, the contest participant is responsible for the consent of the parties involved. If a photo is selected for print that includes identifiable persons, the photographer must submit a release form from the person or persons in the image with the name, address, and signature of the parties on the release form.  


Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition and ability to capture the unique flavor of the Hill Country. Decisions made by the judges will be final. The judges will be a panel of qualified artists, photographers and regional leaders, with knowledge and passion about the Hill Country.   The photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it actually appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standards will be disqualified.  Acceptable are adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpening; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; and use of HDR (high dynamic range), where multiple exposures of the same scene are combined for a greater tonal range.  Not acceptable are photo composites (combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene); or the use of artistic digital filters and effects which do not show the scene in its natural way. 


Online entries can be uploaded to the HCA website starting March 20, 2020 and no later than midnight on May 31, 2020. Finalists will be contacted in June and will be requested to submit high resolutions images and release forms if applicable directly to HCA.  Winners chosen from the list of finalists will appear in the 2021 calendar to be published in August of 2020.    Click here to submit photos for the Hill Country Alliance Photo Contest:     Questions and inquiries about the contest or rules can be emailed to