The annual Southern Exposures Youth Photo Contest is an opportunity for children to share their best pictures of the Rio Grande Valley and may even win a cash prize.
Some researchers suggest that children seem to be exposed less and less to the open invitations of nature. Today’s children are on tight schedules, with child care, school, and extracurricular activities.

To inspire our current generation of kids to take a stronger interest in Mother Nature, the Valley Land Fund has made its annual Southern Exposures youth nature photo program a priority.

The contest is open to kids between the ages 5 to 18-year-old and its FREE!

The deadline for photo submissions in the 2021 contest August 10th

There are NO categories this year. Youth photographers can submit up to 3 images of anything in our natural world.

Every child is a winner!
One winning image per child will be featured in a Traveling Exhibit, plus receive a free T-shirt, and free entrance to Awards Ceremony, August 19th, 7pm at Quinta Mazatlán.
Ten honorable mention awards will be determined by August 10th, and families will be notified.

Prizes will be awarded:

  • Honorable Mention: $100 cash prize
  • Winning Image per child: Wildlife Photography Coffee Table Book and Yearly Pass to Quinta Mazatlán.
Complete rules and contest eligibility are available here.


Photographs must be submitted on 8×10 photo paper. Parent/Guardian many print images at store/pharmacy/other business that provides prints or can print for FREE at Quinta Mazatlán on the workshop days provided on July 24 and July 31.

Register for workshops here.

For publication purposes, we may ask for your images to be submitted digitally, please save your files at the highest resolution.

Entries may be delivered or mailed to:
Quinta Matalzan
Attention: SXP Youth Photo Contest
600 Sunset Drive
McAllen, TX 78503

All entries must be delivered in an envelope with Entry Form. Each photo will also need to be labeled with the following (included on entry form):

  • Title of Picture
  • Photographer’s Name
  • Age Division
  • What City in the RGV was photo taken in
Entry Form available here.


For more information, email Linette at Quinta Mazatlan, LCastillo@mcallen.net or call (956) 681-3370.

Complete rules and contest eligibility are available here.
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