County seeks your parks and open spaces photos

Sunset at Paynes Prairie State Park in Alachua County.
Sunset at Paynes Prairie State Park in Alachua County.

The Alachua County Parks and the open space department is looking for original photos of county parks and open spaces for print and digital pieces and social media.

According to Alachua County Parks and open space manager Jason Maurer, the images will be used in presentations, brochures and a new webpage about park activities.

“We are rebuilding our webpage,” he said.

Maurer said he is looking for images of families out in the parks using the facilities such as fitness walking trails, kids using playgrounds and people on picnicking.

According to Maurer, the county will use some of the images in PowerPoint presentations when asking for more funding for projects, while it will use others for the county website and print brochures.

“Park activities, playing sports, some nature photos,” are also on his checklist.

According to the photo upload link: “By submitting photo(s) participants understand that Alachua County is authorized to use your photo(s) in print, social media, and online promotional materials and photo credits will be included for photos used.”

Mauer said once you agree to the uploading message, any photo submitted will be connected to a release form that acknowledges public use. The photographer will sign away use rights but retain ownership of the images.

“You are giving Alachua County the right to use them but you still own the photo,” he said.

Any photos used will include the photographer’s credit, he said. The higher quality the photo, the better chance for it to be used in print brochures.

Submit digital photos here by March 12.

To view a complete list of Alachua County parks and land conservation preserves click here.

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