“Trees have a lot of character, especially in this state,” she said.
The entries that come into the annual tree photo contest are creative and competitive. Shockey said Oklahoma inspires nature photography.
“I’m just a small-town photographer,” Shockey said. “I definitely like to travel and take photos of our beautiful state.”
Shockey also won second place in Ardmore’s Goddard Center photography contest last year for a photo of an old train.
“Last year was an awesome year,” she said. “That’s my biggest year I’ve ever had in my whole life. It justifies all the money I’ve put into this business.”
While the professional category sees incredible entries each year, the amateur photos are equally stunning.
“Every year we say the quality improves — it just gets better and better,” said Joe Sparks, Parks Foundation board member. “Last year we had 267 photos. The year before we had 163. That’s a 63 percent increase.”
One reason for the strong entry response last year was the increase in prize money, he said.
The deadline for entering the contest is Nov. 4, between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Photographs framed per the specifications outlined on the application available for downloading at normanparkfoundation.com will be accepted at Legend’s Times Two, 1333 W. Lindsey on Nov. 4.
The exhibit will hang at First Fidelity Bank, 131 E. Main St., Norman, from Nov. 12 through Dec. 13. Awards will be presented at a reception on Dec. 13, which is Norman’s Second Friday Circuit of Art.
For more information or to have the application sent via mail, call Sparks at 364-7152.