Winter Photo Contest

The Parks Winter Photo Contest is BACK...with some great prizes!!

The fourth annual event runs January 1-31, 2022 and is open to all photographers, ages 5 & up. Once again Syracuse City Parks is joining in on the fun. That means photographers can submit photos taken in all open Onondaga County Parks AND Syracuse City Parks!!

The contest is FREE to enter with prizes awarded in five categories:
Best Action
Best Portrait
Best Winter Scene
Most Artistic
Junior Photographer (ages 5-17)

AND New for 2022: The Galaxy Media/Ziebart People's Choice Award!

All photos submitted must be taken between January 1-31, 2022. Photographers are limited to two final submissions.

All photographers must follow current Covid-19 guidelines, which currently includes wearing a mask inside, regardless of vaccination status, and outside when unable to social distance. 

Regular admission rates apply at all parks/locations, where applicable.

Click here for complete rules. Please review before submitting photo(s).

All photos must be submitted by February 1, 2022 to be eligible for prizes. 

Questions?? Contact us at or (315) 453-6712.

2022 Winter Photo Contest Prizes:

SyracuseMetslogo2     2022 Family 4 Pack ($85 value)
A Family 4 Pack includes (4) 200 level tickets to a Syracuse Mets Home Game at NBT Bank Stadium, (1) parking pass to be used in any Syracuse Mets parking lot & food vouchers. Click here to learn more about the Syracuse Mets.
BNB Logo     Burger for a Year ($156 value)
The Burger for a Year includes a certificate for 12 delicious Bull & Bear Roadhouse burger entrees...that's one for each month of the year!

Screen Shot 2022 01 14 at 10.24.25 AM     $50 Gift Card to 110 Grill
Conveniently located at Destiny USA, 110 Grill is a casual restaurant featuring contemporary American fare including vegetarian options and a full bar. Courtesy of Galaxy Media.
Screen Shot 2022 01 12 at 3.55.28 PM     $20 Gift Certificate to PB & J's "Streetside" Cafe
You've seen their food truck all over town, now they've opened a cafe near the Village of Liverpool offering eat in, take out & delivery.
 Copy of parkslogo2009d3     Ice Skating Pass & Rental ($8-$10 value) 
Enjoy an outing at the popular Clinton Square Ice Rink or Sunnycrest Rink. Click here for more information.
Onondagaparks large     Onondaga County Parks Family Fun Package ($92 value)
All winners will receive this package which includes tickets to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Lights on the Lake, Golden Harvest Festival, a Highland Forest XC Ski Day Pass/Rental Package & Daily Beach Pass valid at Oneida Shores Park or Jamesville Beach Park.

NEW for 2022...the Galaxy Media/Ziebart People's Choice Award

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You read that right, this year for the first time, we'll be asking the public to vote on their favorite photo and the winner will receive a Freshen Up Detail Package from Ziebart of Syracuse!

The package (a $299 value!!) includes rugs & mats shampoo, clean & dress dash, trim & glass, Re-nu Shine paint sealant and detail exterior (dress tires, etc.)

Thank you to Ziebart and our friends at Galaxy Media for this amazing prize!

A big THANK YOU to all of our prize donors! More coming soon...



2021 Parks Winter Photo Contest Winners

First Place Winners:


Best Action - Andrew Brown - Onondaga Lake Park


Best Portrait - Gina Neri - Rosamond Gifford Zoo


Best Winter Scene - Brad MacDuff - Upper Onondaga Park


Most Artistic - Mickey Piscitelli - Beaver Lake Nature Center


Junior Photographer - Devin Shepard, age 14 - Rosamond Gifford Zoo


Second Place Winners:


Best Action - Don Crumb - Highland Forest


Best Portrait - Gina Neri - Rosamond Gifford Zoo


Best Winter Scene - Allison Haines - Onondaga Lake Park


Most Artistic - Lynn Cunningham - Highland Forest


Junior Photographer - Katie Devereaux, Age 14 - Rosamond Gifford Zoo


During your visit to Onondaga County Parks, you may be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by Onondaga County Parks or authorized parties. Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by Onondaga County Parks. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Onondaga County Parks.