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Instagram Contest

Enter the #HouOnTheBayou photo contest to show off unique and beautiful perspectives of Houston.

Explore the Bayou Greenways and capture a photo of serene waterways, wildlife, people enjoying nature or a place that represents the history and culture of Houston. Your photos can showcase more than just places; try portraying a feeling or state of mind.

Winning photos from each category below will be on display at our annual Bayou Greenway Day festival in March, and the photographer with the “Best in Show” photo will receive a free photography class at the Houston Center for Photography and a $200 cash prize.

To enter, snap your best photos of what you’ve discovered on the bayous and post them on Instagram with the hashtag #HouOnTheBayou. Be sure to tag your location as well. Contest ends Sunday, March 4. Winners will be announced on our Instagram account, so be sure to follow @HoustonParksBoard.


Not sure where to start? Use this interactive map to start exploring: http://arcg.is/1zSyTC


The following categories are guidelines for the judging process and can be used for inspiration for your entry. Entrants do not need to identify a category for their photo, as photos may be appropriate for one or more of the categories. Judges will determine an appropriate photo for each category. All you need to do is post your photo with #HouOnTheBayou and your location.

- Urban Bayou View
- Rural Bayou View
- Bayou Flora and Plant Life
- Bayou Wildlife
- Sunset/Sunrise on the Bayou
- People along the Bayous
- Best of Brays Bayou
- Best of Buffalo Bayou*
- Best of Greens Bayou
- Best of Halls Bayou
- Best of Hunting Bayou
- Best of Sims Bayou
- Best of White Oak Bayou
- BEST IN SHOW – Prize: a free photography class at the Houston Center for Photography and a $200 cash prize!

Questions? Email us at info [at] houstonparksboard [.] org.

*The non-profit Buffalo Bayou Partnership is responsible for the parks and trails along Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin.

Contest Rules and Guidelines:

Eligibility: The contest is open to everyone including but not limited to amateur photographers and professional photographers. By submitting your photo, you are stating that it is your own original work. By entering the contest, entrants under 18 years of age indicate that they have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian.

Entry deadline: March 4, 2018, 11:59 pm (no exceptions)

Categories and Number of Entries: Entries may apply to more than one category/theme. Photos must depict imagery of Brays Bayou, Buffalo Bayou, Greens Bayou, Halls Bayou, Hunting Bayou, Sims Bayou or White Oak Bayou. You may enter as many photos as you like. There is no limit.

Submission guidelines: All entries must be submitted via Instagram with the hashtag #HouOnTheBayou and the corresponding location. Instagram account must be public in order to enter (submissions from private accounts cannot be viewed). Photos submitted on other social media platforms will not be considered. Submissions cannot be accepted via e-mail or on disc.

Winners: A winner will be picked from each category. There will also be a Best in Show Grand Prize winner. Winners will be notified on March 12, 2018 via direct message on Instagram.

Prize: Grand prize winner will receive one complimentary class at Houston Center for Photography and a $200 cash prize. All winning photography will be displayed in an outdoor exhibition at Bayou Greenway Day 2018.

Judging: Judging will be performed by Houston Parks Board staff and a judging committee. All decisions are final and at the sole discretion of Houston Parks Board.

Photo release: By entering this contest, permission is hereby granted to Houston Parks Board to use, display, reproduce, publish, transmit, and distribute your photograph on the Houston Parks Board website, on social media, and/or in any other promotional materials. Houston Parks Board’s publication of your photograph as authorized herein will not violate or infringe any right, title, or interest of any person or entity. The photographer retains ownership and copyright of the photo.

This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram.