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Picture this: #MyOklahoma's first year

Wondering what Oklahoma has to offer? 19,000 photo submissions on the #MyOklahoma hashtag will tell you.
by Tiffany Gibson Modified: July 31, 2014 at 11:48 am •  Published: July 31, 2014
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photo - - Tamara Featherston (@fullhouse4) - 43
This was just a random Saturday when my daughter and I went exploring (like we do a lot on weekends). We love nature and sunsets and often hop in the car spontaneously when we see there may be a particularly beautiful sunset about to happen.
 
To me, this photo speaks to the strength and determination of Oklahomans. Horses are such beautiful animals that are able to project both strength and vulnerability and then the landscape here in Oklahoma is so serene. When I look at this photo it just reminds me that
- Tamara Featherston (@fullhouse4) - 43 This was just a random Saturday when my daughter and I went exploring (like we do a lot on weekends). We love nature and sunsets and often hop in the car spontaneously when we see there may be a particularly beautiful sunset about to happen. To me, this photo speaks to the strength and determination of Oklahomans. Horses are such beautiful animals that are able to project both strength and vulnerability and then the landscape here in Oklahoma is so serene. When I look at this photo it just reminds me that "the land we belong to is grand". It really is.

#MyOklahoma started as a way to showcase why we all live in and love this state by featuring user-submitted photos in The Oklahoman.

In the aftermath of the 2013 deadly storms, we wanted to get more involved with the community and highlight all of the wonderful things Oklahoma has to offer. That’s when we decided to launch a hashtag that would have an impact far greater than just on social media.

#MyOklahoma was a tie that could bring us all together and remind us why we love this land. It reminded us of good times spent with loved ones and opened the gate for new opportunities with others. It showcased the state for its beauty and not destruction.

Since then, support for the tag has grown beyond our expectations; a community has formed around it. If you scroll through the pictures, it’s not uncommon to see people talking about the back story of photos, complimenting each other on techniques and even planning gatherings to explore more of the state.

And as we approach the one-year mark, we now have more than 19,000 submissions that vary from little league games, to fishing trips, snapshots of sunsets, adventures with friends and pet photography.

Every day, we select one of these to run in The Oklahoman, and we also feature another one on our @News_OK Instagram account.

Our goal is to keep the hashtag going as long as the community wants it to exist. We’ve enjoyed running the photos in the paper for the past year and hope to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

by Tiffany Gibson
News Online Editor
Tiffany Gibson has worked for the Oklahoman since August 2011 and is a member of the digital news team. In addition to writing and web editing, she also creates multimedia features for the website and maintains social media accounts. A Tennessee...
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