Dog in bluebonnets in Central Texas

This photo of a playful pup amid a sea of bluebonnets captures the essence of spring in Central Texas. Submit your animal and wildflower photo to The Falls on the Colorado Museum contest for a chance to be part of its upcoming exhibit and calendar. Photo by Nancy Ebeling

The Falls on the Colorado Museum in Marble Falls invites photographers of all skill levels to capture the beauty of animals amid the stunning backdrop of Texas Hill Country wildflowers in a contest running from March 1 to May 31, 2024. Winners will have their work showcased in a calendar and receive other prizes.

Submit your photographs featuring animals with fur, feathers, scales, or exoskeletons alongside vibrant wildflowers in Central Texas. Photos will be displayed on the museum’s website, fallsmuseum.org, and featured in an exhibit this summer. Additionally, the museum will produce a calendar with the 12 best entries. Winners will receive a free copy of the calendar as well as one ticket to the museum’s annual Christmas Home Tour in December.

“At The Falls on the Colorado Museum, we are dedicated to sharing the stories that make Marble Falls and the surrounding area unique, including the rich heritage of our native wildflowers,” said museum board Chairman Amanda Seim in a media release announcing the contest. “The exhibit showcasing the photograph entries this summer will not only highlight the beauty of these flowers but also delve into the fascinating history and folklore that surrounds them.”

The photo contest will have two divisions: museum members and non-members. Each division will feature six categories based on the type of wildflowers in the photograph, including bluebonnets, and flowers in each color: pink/red, orange, yellow, purple, and white. Winners will be selected by a judging panel (50 percent) and a popular vote (50 percent).

“We invite everyone to participate and showcase the unique beauty of Central Texas,” Seim said. “Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or just starting out, this contest is a fantastic way to connect with nature and our community.”

For complete contest rules and submission guidelines, visit the museum website.

“We are excited to see the creativity and talent of photographers as they capture the beauty of our local animals and wildflowers,” Seim said. “This contest is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the natural splendor of our region and share it with the community.”

The Falls on the Colorado Museum is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history, culture, and natural beauty of Marble Falls and Central Texas. Located at 2001 Broadway in the Old Granite School building, the museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free.