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Colorado Springs Parks photo contest will require effort and imagination 

click to enlarge BOB FALCONE
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The Pikes Peak region is a very photogenic place.  Whether it's the towering Pikes Peak or the colorful Garden of the Gods, wildflowers or fall colors, there is no shortage of scenic pictures to take in our fair city.  A few minutes spent perusing social media will turn up innumerable photos of the Garden of the Gods and America's Mountain — often in the same photo, no less.

The Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department loves seeing these photos, but is challenging photographers to up their game a bit and put in a little more effort in finding great photos.

The department's Photo Expedition contest, set to begin on April 1st, calls for entrants to submit at least 32 photos in a variety of subject matter. For example, entrants must submit at least 50%  (16) of their photos with neighborhood or community parks and trails as the subjects. The remaining 50% must be evenly split between photos of the departments Sports and Recreation programs, and "photographers choice," which is the only category where popular subjects like the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, etc. would fit in.

The contest, open to anyone at least 16 years old, runs until October 31st, with a $250 cash prize awarded on December 1st.

As with any photo contest, there are some very specific rules, including that photos must be taken while in compliance with all park rules. For example, no photos from areas posted as off-limits — and the staff will know if they are — and photos featuring your pooch have to be on leash, unless it's evident it was taken in a legal off-leash area.

For more information, including all pertinent rules, click here, and see more information in the flyer below.

Happy Trails!

Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 26 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: info@hikingbob.com.

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