Bringing Beauty Inside

Collection Captures the Essence of Outdoor Alabama

Even Alabama’s biggest outdoor enthusiasts haven’t seen all this great state has to offer, so this year the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is bringing some of that beauty inside, in hopes of inspiring more residents to get outside. This spring, summer, and fall, a collection of winning images from the 2007 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest will travel the state, highlighting the best in Alabama’s natural beauty. The 21 winning color photographs were all taken in Alabama, by Alabamian amateur photographers, within the last two years. Plants and animals in the photos are all native to the state. The winners represent seven categories, including: scenic/pictorial, birds, mammals, reptiles/amphibians/fish, other wildlife, nature-based recreation, and flora.

The collection will make its debut at Birmingham Botanical Gardens in April. It will then move to the Montgomery Visitor Center for May, and beginning early in June, the winning photos can be seen in the new Delta Hall at Five Rivers in Mobile. From there, the exhibit will go to Lakepoint State Park in Eufaula, then on to Huntsville Botanical Garden for the month of September. In addition to traveling as part of this special display, the winning photos can be seen in the February 2007 issue of Outdoor Alabama Magazine, and are displayed here. 

The 2007 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest and the traveling collection of the winning photographs are designed to draw attention to the spectacular scenery Alabama has to offer.  From water and wildlife, flora and fauna, breathtaking views and nature-based fun, these snapshots showcase the land and life Alabamians love. The goal of the exhibit is to raise awareness of and appreciation for Alabama’s natural beauty – that it’s always here and always available to everyone, even in the hearts of our cities.

Dates and locations of the exhibit are listed below.

The GardenCenter
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Lane Park Rd.
Birmingham, AL35223
Wednesday, April 4th – Monday, April 30th
Monday through Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Located Downtown in historic Union Station
300 Water Street
Montgomery, AL36104
334.262.0013 or toll-free 1.800.240.9452
Friday, May 4th – Monday, June 4th
Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Appalachee Exhibit Hall
Five Rivers – Alabama’s DeltaResourceCenter
30945 Five Rivers Blvd.
Spanish Fort, AL 36527
Friday, June 8th – Monday, July 9th
Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Park Office and InformationCenter
LakepointState Park
104 Lakepoint Dr.
Eufaula, AL36027
334.687.8011 or toll-free 1.800.544.5253
Thursday, July 12th – Tuesday, July 31st
Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Junior League Gallery of the Bama Theatre
600 Greensboro Ave.
Tuscaloosa, AL35401
Wednesday, August 1st – Tuesday, August 28th
Monday through Friday 8 to 5 – During regular business hours, enter the Jr. League Gallery through the Arts Council offices located on the second floor of the PARABuilding, adjacent to the Bama Theatre.
Saturday and Sunday – hours vary
Linda Smith Visitor’s Center, The Boeing Education Classroom and the AndersonEducationCenter
HuntsvilleBotanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Ave.
Huntsville, AL35805
Saturday, September 1st – Monday, October 1st
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday Noon to 6:00 p.m.
JoeWheelerState Park
Park Resort
4401 McLean Drive
Rogersville, AL35652
256.247.5461 or toll-free 1.800.544.5639
Thursday, October 4th – Thursday, November 1st
Monday through Sunday – hours vary


East Alabama Arts

Historic Opelika Depot

1032 S. Railroad Ave. – Downtown Opelika

Opelika, AL 36801


Thursday, November 8th – Monday, December 3rd

Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


Lake Guntersville State Park
Park Lodge
1155 Lodge Drive
Guntersville, AL35976
256.571.5440 or toll-free 1.800.548.4553
Friday, January 4th, 2008Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Monday through Sunday – 24 hours