The Winter 2022 Illinois River Road Scenic Snaps Photo Contest begins on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 12 pm CST and ends on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at 5:00 pm CST. Submissions will not be accepted once the deadline lapses.

Contest is open to any legal resident of the United States, age 18 years or older. Entry is limited to one entry per email address.  Entries must be submitted via the official contest channel. Entries not submitted through the proper channel will be deleted.

All photos must be original work, taken by the entrants. No third party may own or control any materials the photo contains, and the photo must not infringe upon the trademark, copyright, moral rights, intellectual rights, or rights of privacy of any entity or person.

Photos submitted should feature nature, outdoor activities, animals, scenery, historical locations or scenes from the Illinois River itself. Photos should reflect opportunities along the geographic boundaries of the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway (roughly defined from the City of Ottawa, Illinois in the north to Havana, Illinois in the south.) All entries must include the photo location in the caption field.

If identifiable persons are in a submitted photo, a photo release must be acquired if said photo is chosen as a winner. If a photo release is not acquired, the Illinois River Road reserves the right to assign prize(s) to the photo(s) receiving the next highest number of votes.

Photos must be in their original state and cannot be altered by removing, adding, reversing, or distorting subjects within the frame. Editing should maintain the integrity of the photographic images’ content and context. Entrants may not manipulate images or add or alter them in any way that can mislead viewers or misrepresent subjects. The Illinois River Road is the ultimate arbiter of these standards and may, at its discretion, request the original, unretouched file as recorded by the camera.

Entrants agree to follow all social distancing rules as established by the State of Illinois and the CDC, along with any established policies at the particular site or facility they are at, when taking the photo.

By entering the contest, entrants agree that photos submitted can be used by the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway for advertising purposes. Photo accreditation will be applied if desired by entrant.

Voting is limited to one vote per unique IP address.

Winners will be chosen based on the total number of votes their photo receives by the end of the contest on February 9, 2022, at 5:00 pm

Winners will be contacted via the email address provided on their entry on or around February 10, 2022. Winners will have 36 hours from the date the email is sent to confirm their prize.  If confirmation is not received, the Illinois River Road reserves the right to assign prize(s) to the photo(s) receiving the next highest number of votes.

Once winners have confirmed receipt of said email, they agree to have their photo and name posted on the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway Facebook page as a winner of the Scenic Snaps photo contest for Winter 2022.

In the event of a tie a random drawing between winning submissions will set 1st, 2nd & 3rd place awards.

Prizes shall be awarded as follows: 1st place = $100 check, plus Illinois River Road merchandise; 2nd place = $50 check, plus Illinois River Road merchandise; 3rd place = $25 check, plus Illinois River Road commemorative coin. All prizes will be mailed directly to the winners and are nontransferable.

Violators will be removed from the contest, stripped of any prize(s), and banned from entering future contests.

All decisions are final. The Illinois River Road reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is deemed inappropriate or does not conform to stated contest rules.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Illinois National River Road National Scenic Byway and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion, you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims.