Tourism department launches 'geopicting' contest

Thursday, March 12, 2009

LINCOLN -- If you've traversed the back roads of Nebraska and snapped some photos along the way, or if you're planning a trip this summer and want to put your camera to good use, Nebraska Tourism has the contest for you.

The Department of Economic Development's Tourism Division launched a new Byways geopicting contest that invites travelers to snap a picture along one of Nebraska's nine scenic byways, record the GPS coordinates from the spot where they captured the image and submit the photo at Entrants can win a prize valued at $250, and be entered into a grand prize drawing for a laptop computer valued at $1,000.

The year-long contest is a fun way for Nebraskans and tourists both to share their experiences of traveling Nebraska's Byways.

"The contest will give us a better portrait of what people love about our scenic byways," said Christian Hornbaker, DED's Tourism director. "I'm looking forward to seeing some incredible images."

All submitted geopics are eligible to receive votes through online balloting at Each quarter, the photographer with the most votes will select one of the following prizes: a $250 gift card to Cabela's, a $250 gift card to Rockbrook Camera, $250 in Nebraska Lottery scratch tickets (must be 19 years old to play) or a digital photo frame valued at $250. The four finalists will be entered into the grand prize competition, and one winner at the end of the year will win the laptop computer, valued at $1,000.

To enter images into the Nebraska's Byways geopicting contest, visit and click on the "Geopicting Photo Contest" graphic. While you're there, you can also order or download your free 2009 Nebraska Travel Guide and start planning your Nebraska vacation today.

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    Sounds like Christian Hornbaker,(DED's Tourism Director) has a great idea!!!!!!! Get people to summit (FREE) images for the State to use for their benifit. Once you summit the photos, they can and will use them for free!!!

    What is the GPS all about????? How many people really care and understand the Latitude & Longitude Idea and care. Something new I guess!!!

    All pictures must be taken within one of Nebaska's nine scenic biways, within 20 miles of a Nebraska byway or in one of the 7 State areas & have Latitude & Longitude locations.

    Hope you get people to GIVE you some free pictures!!!!!!!

    Why would anyone want to give their pictures away??

    -- Posted by Just a reader on Fri, Mar 13, 2009, at 10:00 AM
  • Whats wrong with just a reader? I think it is great that they want people to send in pictures to help promote tourism in Nebraska. Pictures belong to the public if they are taken of public places or things. Kind of sounds like he doesn't know what Lat and Long is. Quit bad mouthing everything and look up Lat and Long on your computer and maybe you can find out where your standing.

    -- Posted by georgeangermeir on Fri, Mar 13, 2009, at 1:05 PM
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