Grand Prize Winner: 2016 Department of Natural Resources Photo Contest: Snowy Egrets Sparring by Mitch Adolph
The 14th Annual Maryland Department of Natural Resources Photo Contest runs now through Aug. 31, 2017. Winners will be featured in the department’s 2018 wall calendar and published in the winter 2018 edition of the magazine. Enter now—online or by mail—for your chance to win cash, state parks passports and other terrific prizes!
Winners will be notified in September before the announcement is made on our website, newsroom and social media outlets.
Photographers may enter photos featuring birds, insects, flora, outdoor recreation, nature in action (storm events), scenic landscapes, and/or wildlife. Judges will select first, second and third place winners by season. (See Prizes section for more details.)
There will also be “Fan Favorites” selected by popular vote on Facebook.
We remind all participants to be careful of their surroundings and always put safety first!
Photos must be clear with the highest resolution possible — minimum 3600px x 2400px at 300 dpi.
Go to shopdnr.com to pay the entry fee.
Fill out the photo entry form here. Please note you will receive a confirmation email for each photo entered.
Describe all photos on the contest entry form, which must be included with your photos.
Eligible formats include 5”x7” or 8”x10” prints. No slides or transparencies.
Photos are not to be matted, mounted or framed.
Each photo must be labeled on the reverse side with the name and address of the photographer, category and photo number corresponding to the entry form.
*Per our terms, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources may post photos online—including the department’s website and social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Pinterest—after the contest. If you enter online, do not embed any nonessential personal data into your files.
Grand Prize Winner (Overall): $500; 2018 Maryland State Park Passport; five-year subscription to the Maryland Natural Resource magazine; five copies of the 2018 calendar; image on the cover
Three First Place Winners (winter, spring, summer, fall, minus the Grand Prize Winner): 2018 Maryland State Park Passport; two-year subscription to the Maryland Natural Resource magazine; five copies of the 2018 calendar
Four Second Place Winners (winter, spring, summer, fall): One-year subscription to the Maryland Natural Resource magazine; five copies of the 2018 calendar
Four Third Place Winners (winter, spring, summer, fall: One copy of the 2018 calendar with winning photo published
A number of Fan Favorites will be selected by our followers on Facebook. The photo with the most overall likes will appear in the calendar and winter magazine. All other selections will likewise be printed in the winter magazine. Photographers will receive a copy with their photos published.
Please direct any questions to Lauren Mitchell in the Office of Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearly 250 photographers submitted 1,421 photos to the 2016 contest. Read all about it and check out the winning images.
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