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DNR Kicks Off 8th Annual Natural Resource Photo Contest

2009 Photo Contest Winner

Annapolis, MD (April 1, 2011) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting entries for its 8th Annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. Students, amateur and professional photographers are welcome to submit photos of Maryland’s diverse natural resources through August 31, 2011.

“This is a great opportunity for photographers of all skill levels,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin, of the annual contest. “This contest highlights the natural beauty of Maryland.”

Last year, Debbie MacArthur of Ellicott City topped nearly 200 other photographers with her winning image entitled “Chipmunk.” Her charming photograph graced the cover of the 2011 calendar.

Photos entered into the 2011 contest will be judged within seven categories: birds, wildlife, insects, scenic, floral, people enjoying state parks and Maryland outdoor recreation. Winning entries will be featured in the winter issue of The Maryland Natural Resource magazine as well as the 2012 DNR calendar.

The best overall photo will win the grand prize of $500, a 2012 Maryland State Park Passport, a lifetime subscription to The Maryland Natural Resource magazine and five copies of the 2012 DNR calendar, which will feature the winning photo on the cover.

First place winners in each category receive a Maryland State Park Passport, a two year subscription to The Maryland Natural Resource magazine and two copies of the 2011 DNR calendar. Second place winners will receive a one-year subscription to the magazine and a calendar.

All qualifying photographs must be taken in Maryland. Photographers may submit up to three entries for a $10 entry fee and an additional $3 for each entry beyond three. Photos cannot be more than two years old or previously published. Non-residents may participate as long as the photos were taken in Maryland. Winners will be announced online September 12, 2011.

Official rules and contest entry forms are available online at

   April 1, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 461,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries, and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic, and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at