2022 Ohio Nature Photo Exhibition / Competition

Sponsored by:

The Friends of Caesar Creek

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

Caesar Creek State Park

Tom Croce Photography

The Exhibition will take place between: September 9th, 2022 – December 31th, 2022, at the Caesar Creek Lake Visitor Center, located at 4020 N. Clarkesville Road, Waynesville, Ohio 45068.

Eligibility Requirements:

Adult Category – All professional and amateur photographers 18 years of age and older

Youth Category – Anyone 13-17 on the submission date. The entrant must be the solely responsible for all aspects of the photograph.

Entry Requirements:

The Exhibition / Competition is open to any image taken in any of the City, County, State, and Federal Parks or Nature Preserve located in the State of Ohio.

The entry process will consist of two parts.

The first part will consist of selecting approx. 30 images from all the images submitted for inclusion in the Photo Exhibition.

Submit up to 3 digital images for consideration via e-mail to info@tomcrocephoto.com

Submit images in the following format:

JPEG, resized to 1024 pixels on the long side @ 72 DPI. File Naming – name individual file with the photographer’s first initial, followed by last name, A for adult, Y for youth, sequential image number, title, sale price.

Example naming format: jsmith_A_1_title_$100

Include your name, address, and email address, along with the titles of the photographs in the body of the email.

Submissions will be accepted starting May 1st 2022. All images must be received by August 15th  2022 at 11:59 PM.

You will be notified by August 22nd, 2022 whether your work has been accepted or declined for inclusion in the Exhibition.

All work accepted must be received at the Caesar Creek Visitor Center between September 1st - 8th, 2022  during their normal business hours. All work accepted must be framed and ready to hang with a wire hanger, saw tooth hangers or similar hanging hardware will not be accepted. The maximum size of the final print, including frame cannot exceed 18”x26”

Submission of Digital images indicates your agreement to provide prints meeting these requirements. The judging and awards for the competition will be made from the prints submitted for the exhibition, all judge’s decision are final.

Judging for awards will be based on the printed images delivered to Caesar Creek Lake Visitor Center.  Judging will be based on the following criteria: Conformance to the Contest requirements, Technical Proficiency, Impact, Presentation, Creativity, Composition, and the ability of the image to tell a story, all judges decisions are final.


Best of Show Adult - Individual Exhibition at the Caesar Creek Lake Visitor Center in 2023, additional prizes TBD

1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons

All ribbon winners will have the opportunity to join professional wildlife photographer Tom Croce and Ohio Certified Naturalist Erin Shaw in September (date to be determined) to canoe the mud flats of Caesar Creek Lake. We can expect to see many of the wading birds that spend the late summer and fall at the lake. We may even get lucky and see  an eagle or osprey.           

The exhibition will open on September 9th at 5:00 pm, and will remain through December 31st 2022 during regular operating hours.

Ribbons will be presented during the opening reception.

All reasonable care will be taken in handling the work submitted; however the sponsors or the judges will not be held responsible for loss or damage to framed photographs. All work is entered at artist’s risk.

Submission of the work to this exhibition shall be understood to indicate an agreement on the part of the photographer to the terms stated. The photographer retains all copyrights and ownership of submitted images, but grants FOCC, and Caesar Creek State Park use of digital image for promotion and publicity without compensation.


20% of the sale price will go to support the FOCC. 80% will be paid to the photographer within 30 days of the closing date.


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Stephanie Park

Stephanie has extensive experience in publishing, from a page designer at The Cleveland Plain Dealer,  Creative Director at TNT Publications, and is currently the managing Art Director for Ohio Magazine Custom Media.

You can see some of Stephanie's Photography Here

Vince Nobel

Vince is Landscape photographer located in the Columbus area. he is a member of The  Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and is a certified Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), and a photography instructor at Columbus State Community College.

You can see some of Vince's work Here

John Weller

John Is a landscape photographer located in the Cincinnati area. You can find John's work at many juried art shows throughout the Midwest.

You can see some of John's work Here