2022 Photo Contest Results Announced
In light of our region’s explosive growth, this year’s photo contest “Snapshot of the Hill Country” challenged photographers to capture the fleeting beauty of life in the Hill Country. Between March and May, HCA received over 300 entries in the 2022 Hill Country Photo Contest from amateur and professional photographers alike. Submissions ranging from sprawling wildflowers to winding rivers truly captured the beauty and fragility of the Hill Country’s incredible treasures. Winning photo contest entries are then selected and displayed in the 2023 Hill Country Calendar, now available for purchase on the Hill Country Alliance website.

Yu Zhou’s grand prize-winning shot, Determination, was taken in Austin, Texas and features a close-up view of a steely-eyed, Yellow-crowned night heron. Commonly found hunting small fish and crawdads around rivers, ponds, and creeks, Yellow-crowned night herons sport a bold, yellow crown of feathers on top of their black and white heads. These birds do most of their hunting at night and can be found across the Hill Country, though they are more common towards the eastern Hill Country, near the I-35 corridor. Maintaining healthy creeks and riparian areas – the riverbanks where land and water meet – is crucial to the long-term success of waterbirds like the night heron and for our own regional water quality.
Images from top to bottom: Yu Zhou's Determination (Grand Prize Winner), David Satterwhite's Lazy Day (First Runner Up), Jeremiah Terry's Midnight on the Llano (2nd Runner Up), Jerry Sargent's Window on a Canyon Lake Sunset (3rd Runner Up), and Andrea Raynor's Rare Albino Bluebonnets (People's Choice Award).
In addition to these photo contest winners, the Hill Country Alliance would like to recognize the following contestants whose photography is featured in the 2023 Hill Country Calendar:
Kim Clendenen
Rey Coronado
Sheila Ellwood
Hannah Evans
Susan Hanson
Mia Havelka
Mike Jones
Gary Sertich
William Shelton
Baba Arimilli
Jennifer Bauerkemper
Cindy Brown
Charles Carlson
Tracy Costello
Brandi Cummings
Michael Davis
Jeremiah Dearinger
Bill Galloway
Rick Gray
Bailey Marden
Aspen McCallum
Rachel McCallum
John Neyland
Kathy Palladini
Alicia R. Paparo
Gerry Rieger
Mike Segner
Carol Serur
Winifred Simon
Tim Speer
Carolyn Whiteside
Matthew Woolley
The annual Photo Contest would not be possible without the support of hundreds of photographers - from amateur to professional - across the Hill Country. Thank you to all who entered!

The 2023 Photo Contest will launch on March 15th. Save the date - it will be here before you know it! 
2023 Calendar on Sale Now
HCA’s annual Texas Hill Country Calendar features imagery from the Hill Country Photo Contest, highlights the beauty of the region, and provides an informative resource on Hill Country conservation. Get a copy today and enjoy beautiful views of the Hill Country all year long!
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