Texas Forest Trail

Photo Contest Winners

Multiple Categories • Multiple Awards

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Congratulations To All The Winners!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our contest! Scroll down to view all the winners by category.

To Vote For The Fan Favorite, CLICK HERE!

Best Overall & Fan Favorite Photo
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Best Overall Photo

To Be Announced On 9/21/20

Check back on that date to see who the winner is!

Fan Favorite Photo

To Be Announced On 9/21/20

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To Vote For The Fan Favorite, CLICK HERE!

Everything East Texas
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Photo By: Amber Ather

Shimmering sunlight on the Cypress trees makes it a perfect sunrise at Government Ditch, Caddo lake.

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Photo By: Camron Thomasson

Instagram: Wondering_Texan

A crane at dinner on the Lake of the Pines between Longview & Jefferson, TX.

Photo By: Andrew Watterud

Instagram: Lonestar_Roaming

Fishing pier at Mill Pond inside of Caddo Lake State Park.

Photo By: Michelle Esclovon

Instagram: Mesclovon

The bluffs of Toledo Bend Reservoir.

Photo By: Cori Conrad

Instagram: None

Sidewalk of bluebonnets in Palestine, TX.

Nacogdoches - It's In Our Nature
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Photo By: Jason Reina

Instagram: Jasonreina.nac

Main Street in Nacogdoches looking west at sunset.

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Photo By: Vicente Marrero

Instagram: Chente.6

A flower with an interesting pattern at the Azalea garden in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Photo By: Wendy Floyd

Instagram: Wendy Floyd

African sand shot from Hayter Hill in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Photo By: Nate Dean

Instagram: ThisIsNateDean

Nacogdoches City Hall close to sunset.

Photo By: Maria Betancourt-Smith

Instagram: Marias_Lenses

Azaleas at the Mize Gardens in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Tyler Through My Window
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Photo By: Danny Pickens

Instagram: DannyPickens

This male anole is perfectly happy in the flowers of the Tyler Rose Garden.

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Photo By: Susie Garrison

Instagram: TrippinTexasGal

Instagram photo station located in the Tyler Rose Gardens.

Photo By: Bethany Carroll

Instagram: BethanyCarrollPhotography

Father walking with children at Legacy Trails in Tyler, Texas.

Photo By: Naomi Chovanec

Instagram: Naomiannc

Taken at the Tyler Rose Garden on a Mother – Daughter trip.

Photo By: Reagan Richardson

Instagram: ReaganRich

Kiepersol Vineyard and Winery located in Tyler, Texas.

Working In Deep East Texas
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Photo By: Paul Noyola

Instagram: Paul Noyola

Clearing lumber deep in East Texas.

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Photo By: Kim Prince

Instagram: KPrince1087

Summertime work Nacogdoches county.

Photo By: Nate Dean

Instagram: thisisnatedean

Excavator doing dirt work at the future site of NacSpace in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Photo By: Jenniffer Elliott

Instagram: None

Photo taken in Garrison, Texas.

Photo By: Allen Phillips

Instagram: Archfern

A hard Texas sun. Chuck Phillips, a United States Marine, walks the yard looking for water line issues in the brutal Texas August sun.

Port Arthur's Unique Life
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Photo By: Brooke Vernon

Instagram: None

Pleasure on the horizon in Port Arthur, Texas.

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Photo By: Robert Reyes

Instagram: RobReyes409

A relaxing day fishing on Keith Lake in Port Arthur, Texas.

Photo By: Alex Cosson

Instagram: Acosson092615

Sea Rim State Parkin Port Arthur, Texas

Photo By: Arlene Navo

Instagram: NavoChromatic

An egret takes a break at Sea Rim State Park in Port Arthur, Texas.

Photo By: Christina Lee

Instagram: Christina.B.Lee

Sasha the Siberian Husky photographed at McFaddin Beach the day before Hurricane Hannah came to Texas.

East Texas Historical Sites
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Photo By: Peter Wright

Instagram: Wright_Shot_Gallery

Starr Family Home in Marshall, TX at the blue hour.

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Photo By: Mavery Pocock

Instagram: Mavs00

Historic courthouse in downtown Marshall, TX.

Photo By: Lilyana Ortiz

Instagram: Itsnot.Lilyana

Statue of Dick Dowling at the Sabine Pass Battle Grounds.

Photo By: Dustin LeNorman

Instagram: Raven_Adventures

Black and White from Sam Houston’s home site in Huntsville, TX.

Photo By: Nicole Gindratt

Instagram: Truecolors_Shining

Historic site Mary Allen College in Crockett, TX.

Only In Kilgore, Texas
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Photo By: Larry Golden

Instagram: LWGolden11

Sunset in Kilgore, Texas.

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Photo By: Danny Pickens

Instagram: DannyPickens

A different view of Kilgore, Texas from under a derrick looking up!

Photo By: Siouxz Garrison

Instagram: TrippinTexasGal

The one and only Coca-Cola mural in Kilgore, Texas.

Photo By: Morgan Lewis

Instagram: MorganShaughna

Main St. sign in downtown Kilgore, Texas.

Photo By: Alyssa Rummel

Instagram: AlyssaRummel

Celebrating the holidays in the older part of downtown Kilgor, Texas.

Hidden Gems Of East Texas
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Photo By: Victor Mata

Instagram: VHMPhotography

Dreamy sunset over Lake Hawkins in Hawkins, Texas.

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Photo By: Kenyan Guidry

Instagram: CapturedByKen

A spiderweb captured in the early morning at Cattail Marsh in Beaumont, Texas.

Photo By: Jonathan Newton

Instagram: Photosby_Jonny

Newton Mill Pond from the sky. Located in Bland Lake community in San Augustine, Texas.

Photo By: Taylor Hooten

Instagram: TaylorRea.Photography

Bright coffee mural at the Salmon Lake Park in Grapeland, Texas.

Photo By: Kenyan Guidry

Instagram: CapturedByKen

A Texan Morning. Cowboy, Stephen Maxwell starts the day with his trusty steed. Taken in Beaumont Texas at the Tyrrell Park Stables .

The Best Of Beaumont
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Photo By: Christina Lee

Instagram: Christina.B.Lee

Clouds at sunset at Cattail Marsh in Beaumont, Texas.

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Photo By: Ashley Hensley

Instagram: Ash.Hensley11

Draping tree limbs at Wiess Park in Beaumont, Texas.

Photo By: Linda Guillory

Instagram: None

Tri-Colored Heron in flight.

Photo By: Becky Callan

Instagram: JustBCal

An adorable alligator at the Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands.

Photo By: Jerome Cabeen

Instagram: JeromeCabeen

An impassioned and emotional moment was captured at one of the George Floyd protests here in Beaumont. This was a particularly hot afternoon, brutally humid as well, and this young protester was overcome with grief. I caught him as he cried out to the sky above, hoping GOD would hear his plea for justice. In fact, I was quite happy to have caught the reflection of the clouds in his glasses. I was over by his lament. I named this piece, Cry Freedom – Eyes to the Sky.

Trade Street Signs For Trail Markers
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Photo By: Laurie Armstrong

Instagram: None

Autumn dock at the Tyler State Park.

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Photo By: Rolan Ranido

Instagram: None

By the beaver’s pond at Tyler State Park.

Photo By: Giselle Kiraly

Instagram: AWorldWanderer

Quiet reflections in the Big Cyprus Bayou in and around Caddo Lake.

Photo By: Jenniffer Elliott

Instagram: None

Photo taken around Lake Nacogdoches, TX.

Photo By: Larry Alford

Instagram: LabbaImages

PR 44 coming out of Mission Tajas State Park, TX.
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Prizes that were available:

• $200 Best Photo In Each Category
• $200 Best Overall Photo
• $100 Fan Favorite Photo

In addition, all five category finalists as selected by the judges will receive a "We Are East Texas" prize package.
Entering the contest is FREE, but the Texas Forest Trail would greatly appreciate your support. As a 501(c)(3) charity organization, donations are always welcome and go to support our efforts at promoting East Texas. If you would like to support our cause, please click here for a number of ways in which you can donate.
A big East Texas thank you goes out to all of the sponsors for this contest. Without them, this contest would not be possible.

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