Barn with Prairie Flowers

Cave of the Mounds Photo Contest 2023

October 2022

We are so impressed by the photos that our guests take that we want to share them with the world! To do this, we are asking for visitors to send in some of their best pictures of our property from 2022 & 2023. It could be above ground in our gardens or in our Woodland Restoration or below ground in our cave.

The top 3 photos will be featured on the Cave of the Mounds Facebook page. Submit up to three of your own photos. They will be voted on in early January 2024.

Milkweed Flowers

Contest Rules

All photos will be organized into three categories: cave, garden, woods. These photos should have been taken in the year of 2022 & 2023.

Photos of people are not allowed. Do not submit photos that clearly identify people. These open multiple legal issues about whether or not the people in the photo have signed release forms and have permission to have their image used in a public forum. If you choose to share a photo with a person(s) who are unidentifiable in it, please keep these photos for the family-friendly audience of our Facebook page. People in the photos must be following our rules of the property and be demonstrating good stewardship of our grounds.

Inappropriate photos will be deleted.

We will start accepting submission on November 1, 2022, at 8 AM until January 3, 2024, at 5 PM. Each submission should be sent to in the highest resolution possible.

Each photographer may submit up to three photos in each of the categories. This means you can submit 3 photos per category for a total of 9 photos if desired.


Every photo entry the cave receives as part of the contest becomes the cave’s property. The cave will have non-exclusive, unlimited use of these photo(s). Use of these photo(s) shall include, but not be limited to: educational programs, websites, publications, news releases, internal communication, product artwork. Additionally, you waive the right to inspect or approve any use of the material and any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of the material. The cave will provide photo credit when it is deemed practical. You still own the photo and may use it however you see fit.

Photo of Kids in the Meanders of the cave looking around.
Deer in woods

To Submit Your Entry

Submit your photo(s) saves as a .jpg or .png file to

Please label your submission “Photo Contest Entry”. Any photo not labeled in this fashion will not be considered. The label “Photo Contest Entry” tells us that you have read and understand these contest rules, intend to have your photo be part of the contest, and understand that every photo submission that the cave receives as part of the contest becomes the cave’s property. In the email let us know which category or categories you wish your photo to be entered. Also include any tag on social media you’d like to include with your photo.


The top three photos voted on through Social Media Outlets (Facebook and Instagram) in each category with the most likes/votes by January 31, 2024, will be used as the Cave of the Mounds Facebook cover photo for one month each, with recognition for the photographer.


This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, pr administered by, or associated with Facebook. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to, not Facebook. Each entrant agrees to indemnify, release, and hold harmless Facebook from any liability, damages, losses, or injury resulting in whole or in part, directly, or indirectly, from the entrant’s participation in the contest and the acceptance, use or misuse, of any prize that may be won.