For the third year in a row the City of Dallas and the Trinity River Corridor Project are holding a photo contest for photographers of any age for youth, amateurs and professionals. The subject categories are wildlife, forest/prairie, architecture/structures and the various rivers/ponds along the Dallas Trinity River Corridor Project. The winners of last year’s contest showed diversity with coyotes howling on a snow covered riverbank, the flooded Trinity River, buildings reflecting in the water, the hardwoods during a downpour and close-up wildlife photos.
One of the main features in the area is the Trinity River Audubon Center. Sustainable and LEED-certified, the Center is lies on 120 acres in the Great Trinity Forest. The $37 million restoration and capital improvement project is only 8 minutes from Downtown Dallas. It features educational classes, workshops, bird tracking programs, hiking trails and a nature club.
The Great Trinity Forest is 6,000 acres and supports diverse plant and animal species. It is a mixture of aquatic and wetland ecosystems, hardwoods and grasslands. It is common to spot over 50 bird species in a day. Texas is home to 636 out of the 957 bird species in the U.S. This area is a dream for nature lovers and photographers. There are also paddling trails.
Plants and birds on the four mile walking trails
• Lemon beelbalm, Indian Paintbrush and other wildflowers in the restored prairie
• wetland bogs
• Grasshopper Sparrows, Dickcissels, Eastern Meadowlarks, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Cooper’s Hawks to name a few
Best Views of the Trinity River
• Upper and Lower Chain of Wetlands
• Trinity River Audubon Center
• Trinity Overlook 110 W. Commerce Street (at Beckley)
• Great Trinity Forest
• Margaret Hunt Hill Construction (Beckley at the Continental Ave. Bridge
• Trinity River Trammel Crow Park (3700 Sylvan Avenue)
3rd Annual Trinity River Corridor Project Photo Contest
• The Contest ends on October 15, 2011 at midnight.
• Judging begins shortly thereafter
• There will be a presentation to the winners during a City Council Meeting
• Grand prize winner $500; 1st place winners $125; 2nd places $50; 3rd places $25
Register online here under special events
Trinity River Audubon Center
500 Great Trinity Forest Way*
Dallas, TX 75217
For more information call 214-398-TRAC
*Dallas recently changed the name of the street so if the Great Trinity Forest way does not show up on maps or GPS, please try 6500 Loop 12.