Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest

2017 Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest

Grand Prize Winner: DNR 2014 Photo Contest: Red-footed Cannibalfly - photo by Laurie Brice

Grand Prize Winner: 2016 Department of Natural Resources Photo Contest: Snowy Egrets Sparring by Mitch Adolph

Enter the 2017 Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest!

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!


  1. An entry fee of $10 for up to three photos and $3 for each additional entry must be paid with your submission. The number of photos submitted is unlimited.
  2. Photos (or parts thereof) previously published online or in print by a third party are not eligible. This includes print outlets and professional websites/social media accounts. Entering images you’ve shared on your own personal pages are eligible, provided they meet size requirements.
  3. All photos must be original and must have been taken between 2014-2017.
  4. Light edits/enhancements only—heavy effects or manipulations will not be considered.
  5. Photographers from any state may participate, but all photos must be taken in Maryland.
  6. Judges will make selections based on the quality, composition, content, originality, creativity and mass appeal. Decisions are final and in the judges’ sole and absolute discretion.
  7. This offer is void where prohibited by law.
  8. The department is not responsible for lost or misdirected entries.
  9. Photographers authorize the department to distribute their image(s) for non-commercial purposes with photo credits—including but not limited to education and news purposes—to the State of Maryland, media, print, digital, online services and television for their use. Photographers retain copyright to these photos, the above agreed to permissions not withstanding.*
  10. The contest is open to all photographers, except for employees of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and their immediate families.
Please be mindful that the winning photos will appear in a standard size wall calendar and may need to be scaled.

TO ENTER ONLINE: Contest is closed - deadline has passed.

TO ENTER BY MAIL: Entries must be postmarked by August 31, 2017.

  • 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

2016 Results

Nearly 250 photographers submitted 1,421 photos to the 2016 contest. Read all about it and check out the winning images.