Winter Photo Contest

The Parks Winter Photo Contest is back...with exciting news for 2021!!

The third annual event runs January 28-February 28, 2021 and is open to allCopy of parkslogo2009d2 photographers, ages 5 & up. NEW for 2021...Syracuse City Parks has joined 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.)

Regular admission rates apply at all parks/locations.
Please note: Due to Covid-19, admission to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is by reservation only. Click here for more information.

Click here to submit a photo.
All photos must be submitted using this link. 

All photos submitted must be taken between January 28 - February 28, 2021. Photographers are limited to two final submissions. All photographers must follow current Covid-19 guidelines and wear a mask when unable to social distance. 

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

All photos must be submitted by March 1, 2021 to be eligible for prizes. 

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

Here is a look at the winners of the 2020 Winter Photo Contest!

Although we originally had 4 categories, Best Action, Best Winter Scene, Junior Photographer & Most Artistic, we had so many entries that were great portraits, we decided to add a fifth category, Best Portrait! Enjoy!

First Place Winners:

Morrow K HF4

Best Action - Kevin Morrow - Highland Forest

Hange A RGZ

Best Portrait - Amanda Hange - Rosamond Gifford Zoo

MacDuff B OLP 3

Best Winter Scene - Brad MacDuff - Onondaga Lake Park

Bort A RGZ 3

Junior Photographer - Anisa Bort, 16 years old - Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Merrill K OS

Most Artistic - Katie Merrill-Skeele - Oneida Shores Park


Second Place Winners:

Miller M OLP5

Best Action - Mark Miller - Onondaga Lake Park

Brennan J RGZ

Best Portrait - Jessica Brennan - Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Lapore M OLP

Best Winter Scene - Michal Lepore - Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Pierson A RGZ 2

Junior Photographer - Allie Pierson, 16 years old - Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Hube N RGZ

Most Artistic - Nicole Hube - Rosamond Gifford Zoo


Thank you to all who submitted entries, we loved seeing the parks through so many different eyes!

Thank you to our judges:
Mark Nicotra - Onondaga County Executive Communications Director
Jason Smorol - Syracuse Mets General Manager
Tom Lenweaver - Local Artist

And special thanks to the Syracuse Mets for donating the Family Four Packs to our First Place winners!

The Syracuse Mets are getting ready for another exciting season beginning April 17, 2020. 

Click here for tickets and more information.

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.