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Annual photo contest highlights beauty along the San Antonio River

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River Clicks Photo Contest

Winner in the Animals category. Photographed by Robert Burton.

The San Antonio River Authority held its third annual River Clicks photo contest aimed at highlighting the San Antonio River Basin earlier this year.

The contest consisted of up to 11 winning categories with prize packages valued up to $500 and a special category prize package valued up to $1,000.

Photographers of all skill levels in Goliad, Karnes, Wilson and Bexar counties were invited to submit images that captured the beauty, unique aspects and recreational amenities of the San Antonio River and its tributaries.

Though the contest opened for submissions prior to restrictions enacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the River Authority encouraged people to safely enjoy the San Antonio River Basin and its trails and the photo contest was extended to the end of May.

Every year, a new location in one of the River Authority’s four-county service district is recognized with a special category.

This year’s special category was the Goliad Paddling Trail and Branch River Park in Goliad, to honor the 20th anniversary of the local nonprofit Canoe Trail Goliad, a citizen-led organization promoting the enjoyment and conservation of the natural, cultural and historical resources of the San Antonio River in Goliad County.

The organization has worked with the River Authority to create safe access points along the San Antonio River and the group supports river recreation in cooperation with other local ecotourism initiatives to contribute to the economic climate of Goliad County.

To view more winning images, go to

You can also find more information about the Goliad Paddling Trail on the San Antonio River Authority’s website at

River Clicks Photo Contest

Winner of this year’s special category: Goliad Paddling Trail and Branch River Park in Goliad. Photographed by Mark Oberle.

River Clicks Photo Contest

Winner of the Judge’s Choice category for Karnes County. Photographed by Carole Gaskamp.

River Clicks Photo Contest

Creeks and Rivers category winner. Photographed by Karyn Robinson.

River Clicks Photo Contest

Winner of the Judge's Choice category for Wilson County. Photographed by Laura Kroll.

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People’s choice category winner. Photographed by Rosalinda Rangel.

River Clicks Photo Contest

Plants category winner. Photographed by Richard Baltazar.

River Clicks Photo Contest

Recreation category winner. Photographed by Javier Torres.

River Clicks Photo Contest

Winner in Seasonal Variation, a new category in this year’s contest, and winner of the Judge’s Choice category for Bexar County. Photographed by Charlotte Mitchell.

River Clicks Photo Contest

Student category winner. Photographed by Myles McEntire.

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