The 6th Annual River Clicks Photo Contest

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River Clicks Photo Contest

Last Updated on January 30, 2024

The 6th Annual River Clicks Photo Contest is currently underway!

The San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) is seeking photo submissions for a photo contest intended to help capture the unique aspects of the San Antonio River Basin, as well as the San Pedro Creek Culture Park. The photo contest is designed to enhance community appreciation of the River Basin by celebrating its beauty through photography. The River Clicks Photo Contest also allows citizens to contribute to a library of photos that showcases San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) parks and the thriving ecosystems and wildlife of the San Antonio River Basin. Participants of all skill levels are encouraged to take photos while enjoying their favorite creek or river, River Authority park, or anywhere outside in the San Antonio River Basin throughout Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties.

2022 Plants Category Winner, Photographed by Vic Manzanal

This year’s special category is San Pedro Creek Culture Park (SPC) in Downtown San Antonio. This fully paved linear park follows Camaron Street and San Pedro Creek as it flows through downtown San Antonio to eventually meet the San Antonio River at Confluence Park. Phase 1 of SPC has been completed, and the public is invited to visit and learn about the magnificent history of San Pedro Creek through culture, art and nature.

Plaza de Fundacion at San Pedro Creek Culture Park

Aqua Public Art piece at San Pedro Creek Culture Park

San Pedro Creek Culture Park

The River Clicks Photo Contest submissions are accepted from February 27, 2023, to May 29, 2023.

Judges will select winning photographs from the following categories:

Creeks & Rivers – Images with a focal point of a creek or river within the San Antonio River Authority’s four-county jurisdiction.

  • Recreation – Images capturing the use and enjoyment of creeks or rivers within the San Antonio River Basin, including, but not limited to: paddling; walking, running, or cycling on a trail; fishing; picnicking; or camping.
  • Animals – Images capturing native wildlife in their undisturbed habitat.
  • Plants & Insects – Images capturing plant life or pollinators and insects.
  • Seasonal Variation – The photo submission period for this contest is during the springtime to encourage citizens to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of the San Antonio River Basin. However, there is no time limit as to when the submitted photo is required to be taken. This category is specifically for photos that were taken during a previous season of the year. The image’s focal point may qualify the photo for one of the above categories. Still, the intent of the Seasonal Variation category is to showcase the beauty of the San Antonio River Basin during a season other than springtime.
  • Special Category – San Pedro Creek Culture Park: Images capturing any of the above categories but taken specifically from San Pedro Creek Culture Park in Downtown San Antonio in Bexar County.
  • Students – Images capturing any of the above categories but submitted by a contestant under the age of 18 – Parent or guardian consent is required, and a waiver must be submitted at the time of entry.

Oak and Pump Jack

2022 Judge’s Choice Category – Karnes County, Photographed by Richard O. Baltazar

Each submission may also be considered for Judges’ Choice for Best Photograph from Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties.

A 12th category, People’s Choice, will be open to the public for voting once the judges have selected the finalists. People’s Choice will be promoted on the River Authority’s social media pages, so stay tuned!

Seasonal Variation Winner 2022

2022 Seasonal Variation Category Winner, Photographed by Laura Bernal

Upon conclusion of the contest, the winners will be announced, and awarded outdoor recreation prize packages valued at up to $1,000 at a reception at the Witte Museum held on September 2023.

See you at the river!

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