The 2022 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest has begun to accept entries for images from across the state. This year’s contest, which is a joint project between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and the Alabama Tourism Department, has an entry deadline of October 31.
The contest will focus on traditional photography techniques and the use of hand-held cameras. No cellphone, smartphone, game camera, or drone photography will be chosen as winning photos for nine of the 10 categories (smartphone and tablet photos will be accepted in the Young Photographers category).
The photo contest is open to state residents and visitors alike, but qualifying photos must have been taken in Alabama in the past two years. Any amateur photographer not employed by ADCNR is encouraged to enter.
A total of eight photos per person may be entered in the following categories (a photographer may enter all eight in one category or spread among several categories): Alabama State Parks, Birds, Bugs and Butterflies, Cold-blooded Critters, Nature-Based Recreation, Scenic, Shoots and Roots, Sweet Home Alabama, Wildlife, and Young Photographers (ages 17 and under).
First, second, third and one honorable mention will be awarded in each category. Winning images will be featured online and in an exhibit traveling to various venues across the state during 2022.
Local photographers have done quite well in this contest. Among the top entries for the 2021 Outdoor Alabama event included:
Alabama State Parks — Second Place, Arthur James Davis, Sunset at Meaher State Park; Honorable Mention, John Marvin Hillsman, III, Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion;
Birds — First Place, Matthew Dees, Brown Pelican on the Mobile Causeway;
Wildlife — Honorable Mention, Laurie L. Schaerer, Fox Kits on Dauphin Island;
Cold-blooded Critters — First Place, Sean C. Grizzle of Mobile, Barracuda; Third Place, Gwen Ainsworth, Green Anole in Mobile;
Bugs and Butterflies — Third Place, Thomas W. Peterson, Green Lynx Spider and Bee on Zinnia in Daphne;
Sweet Home Alabama — First Place, Gwen Ainsworth, USS Alabama Battleship and Skyline in Mobile; Third Place, Beth Cowan Drake, Shrimp Boats in Bayou La Batre; Honorable Mention, Linda P. McCullough, Diner in Gulf Shores;
Nature-Based Recreation — Second Place, Arthur James Davis, Fishermen at Dauphin Island;
Shoots and Roots — First Place, Arthur James Davis, Fern with Dew Drops on Dauphin Island; Third Place, Benjamin Rollings, Live Oak at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge; Honorable Mention, Arthur James Davis, Spiderwort on Dauphin Island;
Scenic — Honorable Mention, Barry Lee Miller, Sunset on Fort Morgan;
Young Photographers — First Place, Sophia Charlotte Haines (age 13), Snowy Plover Chick in Fort Morgan; Second Place, Miss Haines, Longleaf Pine at Splinter Hill Bog in Bay Minette.
An exhibit of the 2021 photos is currently on display at the Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy through September 11. To view the photos online, visit www.flickr.com/photos/outdooralabama/albums/72157718137637166.
For complete 2022 category descriptions and contest rules, visit www.outdooralabama.com/outdoor-alabama-photo-contest.
Looney joins SHC soccer staff
Spring Hill College (SHC) head coach Chris Leonardi has announced the hiring of Adam Looney as assistant coach for men’s soccer. He joins the Badgers staff after serving as the boys’ soccer head coach at Daphne High School (DHS).
In the 2020-21 season, he navigated DHS through the transition to a 7A classification with an impressive 15-3-1 record, the 7A Section 2 Championship, and a Baldwin County Cup Championship. The Trojans also made an AHSAA Final Four appearance for only the third time in school history that year.
Before his tenure at DHS, Looney served as the boys’ head coach at Satsuma High School from 2016-19. A native of Mobile, Looney played for Theodore High School in 2004 and Baker High School from 2005-08.
He was a Youth Coach with Mobile United FC in 2015-16 for the U14 Boys and as a U18 Boys Assistant Coach. Since 2016, Looney has been a Youth Coach with the Gulf Coast Rangers FC, also in the roles of U14 Boys Coach and U18 Boys Coach.
After opting out of the 2020 season, the Badgers will open the 2021 campaign on Sunday, August 29, at 2 p.m. on Library Field in an exhibition contest with NAIA member Thomas University. The regular season will begin on Friday, September 3, at 4 p.m. versus non-conference foe Tusculum University on Library Field.
SHC Summer Baseball Showcase
The SHC baseball team will host its 2021 Summer Baseball Showcase on Sunday, August 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stan Galle Field on the SHC campus. Cost of camp is just $100.
The Badgers invite high school athletes to take part in the showcase where they will be exposed to college-level practice and competition. Athletes will be evaluated in running, throwing, outfield circuit, infield circuit, bullpens, and on-field batting practice.
Members of the SHC coaching staff, including head coach Frank Sims and assistant coach Andy McCall, will direct the campers. Campers are encouraged to register online at https://camps.jumpforward.com/SHCBaseball.
USA plans Elite Camp event
University of South Alabama women’s basketball head coach Terry Fowler has released the date for his Elite Camp. It will take place Aug. 29 from noon to 4 p.m. for girls entering grades 9-12.
The Elite Camp is designed to give students a feel for what playing at the next level is like as well as an opportunity to tour the USA basketball facility. The camp will follow the pace of a typical USA basketball practice with current coaching staff and student-athletes instructing campers in various drills, skill stations and team competitions.
Interested participants can register online at www.terryfowlerbasketballcamps.com. A registration fee of $55 is required and includes the cost of a camp T-shirt.
This page is available to our subscribers. Join us right now to get the latest local news from local reporters for local readers.
The best deal is found by clicking here. Click here right now to find out more. Check it out.
Already a member of the Lagniappe family? Sign in by clicking here