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<November 2015>


The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is looking for images that capture the beauty of the county’s regional park system. This includes:

  • Adobe Dam Regional Park
  • Buckeye Hills Regional Park
  • Cave Creek Regional Park
  • Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
  • Estrella Mountain Regional Park
  • Lake Pleasant Regional Park
  • McDowell Mountain Regional Park
  • San Tan Mountain Regional Park
  • Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
  • Usery Mountain Regional Park
  • White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Photos from all parks are needed. A panel of judges from the department will select the winning photos, which will be published in the 2015 Parks and Recreation calendar. A total of 13 photos will be selected - one for each month and one for the calendar's cover.


  • All entries must be submitted by midnight, Sunday, September 7, 2014, and be accompanied by an entry form.
  • Photos MUST be taken in one of the county parks listed above. Photos for city and state parks will NOT be considered.
  • All entries must be of scenic themes. Flora, fauna, desert landscapes and close-up photographs are acceptable. Photos of people will not be considered.
  • Only horizontal photographs will be considered. Photos must fit the 11" wide x 8.5" deep calendar format. Selected photos may be cropped for that format.
  • Digital images must be at least 300 dpi (resolution).
  • Entrants will be limited to one photo submission per park. No more than four photos per entrant will be accepted.
  • Entries must be emailed to the contact below. Email should be captioned “Calendar Photo Submission.” Photos not to exceed 3MB. If photo is larger, please make arrangements with contact for an alternate format for submission (i.e., Dropbox). Photos emailed and/or dropped off at parks will NOT be considered.

    Dawna Taylor, Public Information Officer
    Email: or
    Phone: (928) 501-9204

  • Each entry must be the work of the person submitting the photo, and a signed entry form is required. Entrants under the age of 18 must submit a release from a parent or guardian.
  • Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department employees, their immediate families, and park volunteers are not eligible to submit photos for the calendar.
  • Individuals whose photos have been selected will be notified in September, 2014 via email.
  • Entries will be evaluated based on appeal, content, photographic skill and appropriateness for the calendar the month the photos depict. The decision of the judges is final.
  • Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department assumes no responsibility for submissions.

Individuals who submit photos will not be compensated for their work. However, selected photos will be appropriately credited with photographer’s name, and company name, if a professional photographer. Individuals whose photos have been selected to appear in the calendar may also receive a receipt for their donation from the department for tax credit purposes.


To download a copy of the photo calendar submission form, click on the graphic below.

Photo Calendar Submission Form




Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross

Desert Walk 'n' Talk - San Tan - 12/1/2015
Ranger-led Walk from the Campground - McDowell - 12/2/2015
Rock Art of Spur Cross - 12/2/2015
Night Shredders - San Tan - 12/2/2015
Fitness Thursday -Estrella Park - 12/3/2015
Sunrise Hike on Lousley Hill - McDowell - 12/3/2015
Friends and Fitness Hike - NEW SERIES (White Tank Mtn.) - 12/3/2015
Three Mile Thursday - Usery Park - 12/3/2015
"We're All in This Together!" Desert Plant Walk - White Tank Mtn. - 12/3/2015
Discover the Desert Hawk Trail - Usery Park - 12/3/2015
All about Gila Monsters - San Tan - 12/3/2015
Friday Fitness Hike-Horse Staging Area/4 Peaks - McDowell - 12/4/2015
Hike the Wind Cave Trail - Usery Park - 12/4/2015
Cottonwood Trail Exploring Hike - Lake Pleasant - 12/4/2015
Tiny Tumbleweeds: Toddler Stroll - San Tan - 12/4/2015
Amazing Desert Plants - Usery Park - 12/4/2015
"Just for Kids" - Storytime in the Desert - Usery Park - 12/4/2015
Hiking 101 - San Tan - 12/4/2015
Lake Pleasant and It's History - Lake Pleasant - 12/4/2015
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn. - 12/4/2015
*DATE CHANGE* Hike Into History - Willow Springs - White Tank Mtn. - 12/5/2015
*NEW LOCATION* Early Bird Walk with Sonoran Audubon - White Tank Mtn - 12/5/2015
Progressive Fitness Hike #5 - Usery Park - 12/5/2015
Hohokam Houses - the Ruins of Spur Cross - 12/5/2015
NEW! - Strike a Pose, Sonoran-Style! (Family Yoga) - White Tank Mtn. - 12/5/2015

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Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Dept.
The Headquarter Administrative Offices are located at:
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
Unit Operations Center

Morristown, AZ 85342
Ph: 602-506-2930 or (928) 501-9200
Fax: (602)372-8596

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