2023 Spring Lake 50th Anniversary 

Photo Contest - Finalist Round

Thank you for all the wonderful photo submissions! We received over 100 beautiful photos of Spring Lake Regional Park. The top ten youth and top ten adult photos have been chosen by popular vote. Vote for your favorites to help determine the top three winners in each category!

May 1 – July 31, 2023

In celebration of Spring Lake Regional Park’s 50th anniversary, the Sonoma County Parks Foundation is hosting a photo contest as a fundraiser for this beloved park. Winning photos will be featured on the Sonoma County Parks Foundation website, newsletters, and social media. We welcome all photographers who are residents or visitors in Sonoma County, regardless of skill level or experience. We will accept submissions in these categories:

       Park Pets: Share photos of your dog (on leash) or horse enjoying a visit to Spring Lake Regional Park.

       Park Wildlife: Send us your best photos of Spring Lake Regional Park inhabitants like deer, fish, birds, otters and other wild inhabitants of Sonoma County. (Please be respectful of wildlife when taking photos.)

       Park Views and Vistas: Share your photos of beautiful sunsets or scenic views taken at Spring Lake Regional Park. 

All questions about this contest should be directed to: 

Amanda Alves at [email protected]

Winners will be selected based on popular votes through the website https://my.360photocontest.com/springlake50 and prizes will be awarded as follows:   

Youth Photographer Prizes (18 and under on 8/1/23)

First Prize: $250

Second Prize: $100

Third Prize: Regional Parks Annual Membership (value $69)

In addition, the top 10 finalists will receive a free one-month membership to Session climbing gym, and all participants who earn at least 50 votes will receive a Spring Lake 50th Anniversary commemorative bandana.


Adult Photographer Prizes

First Prize: $500 plus a picnic table sponsorship at Spring Lake Regional Park (valued at $3,000)

Second Prize: $200

Third Prize: Regional Parks Annual Membership (value $69)

In addition, all participants who earn at least 50 votes will receive a Spring Lake 50th Anniversary commemorative bandana.


How to Enter

Submit your photos at https://my.360photocontest.com/springlake50 between May 1 and midnight on July 15. Each entry costs $10 and will automatically start your entry with 10 votes! By entering the contest, you agree to all Terms and Conditions of the Spring Lake 50th Anniversary Photo Contest.

 Photos are displayed on the website for public vote. Each vote costs $1. Each photographer may submit an unlimited number of photos per month. Keep in mind that spreading your friends’ and family’s votes among multiple entries could limit your chance of winning. Email links to family/friends and post on social media to encourage voting for your photo.

Beginning July 16, we will post the contest finalists. Ten finalists will be selected from the top vote-getters among adults, and ten finalists will be selected from the top vote-getters for youth 18 and under. Voting on the finalists will run from July 16 through 5:00p.m. on July 31.

To ensure that we can use your photo for publication, please submit a digital photo with a file size of 1 MB or higher. Panoramas will not be eligible for a prize. To respect peoples’ privacy, photos including identifiable features of any person will be disqualified and removed from the website display. There are no refunds for disqualified photos.

Remember to practice responsible recreation when taking your photos. Animals need plenty of space to stay healthy and safe, so please do not crowd or threaten any animals while taking photos. (See these tips from the National Audubon Society about ethical bird photography: https://www.audubon.org/get-outside/audubons-guide-ethical-bird-photography)

Thank you for participating and we are excited to review your submissions! Winners will be announced in the Sonoma County Parks Foundation e-newsletter, which you can sign up for at https://www.sonomacountyparksfoundation.org/e-news.html.

Terms and Legal Conditions appear under "Rules" on this website. For questions, please contact Amanda Alves at [email protected]. Help Us Spread the Word! Tell your friends about the contest on social media. Please use #ILoveSpringLake and #RecreateinSonoma.

Thank you to the following generous organizations and businesses for sponsoring the Spring Lake Regional Park 50th Anniversary: Saba Foundation, The Hot Tub Store, REI, Codding Foundation, SOMO Village, Abacus Wealth Partners, HALTER Project, Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz, Rob DeVenuto Photography, EBA Engineering, West Yost, Recology, Session, Exchange Bank, Spring Lake Village and Straus Family Creamery.