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Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park Makes Changes to “Shoot the Hills” Photography Weekend

FOR RELEASE: January 22, 2016

MEDIA CONTACT: Barb Jividen, Event Coordinator, (740) 649-0080/; or Julieann Burroughs, President, Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park – (877) 403-4477/

Big things are happening in the Hocking Hills; and the Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park organization (FHHSP) is off to a great start in 2016! At its first meeting of the year, FHHSP released a timeline and architectural drawings for the long awaited John Glenn Astronomy Center—the organization’s primary project and great vision for Ohio’s premier state park!

While FHHSP has been aggressively focusing fundraising efforts on the astronomy center project, the all-volunteer organization is also dedicated to continuing to build its premier annual event – the “Shoot The Hills” Photography Weekend. FHHSP is actively engaged in the planning process to make this event the best and most technologically advanced photography event ever held in Ohio – a process that requires a vast amount of time and energy. Thus, the organization is going to suspend the event for 2016, and hold its 15th anniversary event in the spring of 2017.

Started in 2001 by the same core group of volunteers that founded FHHSP, “Shoot The Hills” has built a 14 year tradition of excellence in nature photography education and networking. In order to allow time to plan for its 15th year milestone, incorporate new software technology into its judging system, and make some additional improvements, FHHSP is excited to announce that the next “Shoot the Hills” Photography Weekend will be held May 5, 6 and 7, 2017.

As many will notice, the event date has been changed from its traditional third weekend in April to the first full weekend in May. Hopes are that the additional two weeks of spring will provide warmer weather and even more photo opportunities for the competing photographers.

For those who have grown to love photographing the Hocking Hills, we encourage you to join our new Hocking Hills Camera Club. The club features regular outings, monthly photo contests, and annual trips together. Club membership is free to any member of FHHSP. To become a member and enjoy the many benefits of the organization and its camera club, register online and click the "Be A Friend" tab at the top. You can join and register online, or by clicking the PDF file under, "By Mail," or send an email to Hocking Hills Photo Club President Todd Poling at

For more information about the Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park, or call FHHSP President Julieann Burroughs at (877) 403-4477.

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Camp Oty’Okwa
Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking Hills Tourism Association
Jividen’s Naturally Wild Photo Adventures
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours
Midwest Photo Exchange
Old Bear’s Den Photography Center
Cedar Ridge Cabins
Key Computer Solutions
Red Barn Screen Printing & Embroidery