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Give us your best shot: King County Parks wants trail photos for new regional trail map


King County Parks' 175-mile regional trail system links together some of the most scenic portions of the county, and now Parks wants to show off trail users' best photos.


King County Parks’ 175-mile regional trail system links together some of the most scenic portions of theSRT-resize county, and now Parks wants to show off trail users’ best photos.

On Saturday, March 1, King County Parks will launch a search for the best photo taken from anywhere on the regional trail system. The winning photo will become the cover of the “Regional Trails in King County” map when it is reprinted this September, and will remain on the cover for at least the next six months.

Learn more about the contest at the 26th annual Seattle Bicycle Expo, March 1-2, at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, 2001 W. Garfield St., Seattle. King County Parks will have a booth at the expo, and Parks employees will be there to hand out regional trail system maps, answer questions, and provide information about how to participate in the photo contest.

Whether the photos are taken while commuting along the Burke-Gilman Trail through Lake Forest Park, or rollerblading along the Cedar River Trail near Maple Valley, or during a long walk with the dog along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail outside of Carnation, submitted contest photos should convey trail users’ experiences along the King County regional trail system.

King County Parks will accept photos for the contest through July, and a panel of judges will pick the winning photo in August.

Thanks to the generous support of REI, the winning photographer will receive a new REI XT 85 pack. This backpack delivers comfort, performance and user-friendly features in a size and design that accommodate anything from a 10-day wilderness expedition to a weekend jaunt.

King County Parks Regional Trail System Map cover photo contest details:

• Enter your photo using Flickr.
• To submit your photos, use your Yahoo!, Google or Facebook account to log into Flickr. If you do not have an account, you can sign-up for free.
• Join the King County Parks RTS Map Cover Contest Group:
• Upload your image to this group.
• Identify the location of photo in the photo caption. For example: “Name of trail, exact location” – Burke-Gilman Trail – near Log Boom Park (geo-location preferred).

The winning image will be evaluated by a panel of King County employees.

King County Parks employees will select 10 photos for final judging by the panel. The winning image will be evaluated based on overall impact, artistic merit, and technical excellence.

Entry details can be found on the King County Parks RTS Map Cover Contest Flickr Group site: Check the website often to see photos that have been entered into the contest.

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