Mass Audubon's Third Annual Statewide Photo Contest Kicks Off

Release Date:
April 11, 2012

LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon is pleased to announce its third annual statewide photo contest, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors. People of all ages and abilities are again invited to submit their favorite photographs of wildlife, landscapes, and family and friends enjoying nature.

The 2012 contest began Monday, April 2 and ends Sunday, September 30. The Grand Prize winner will be awarded a $250 gift card good for Mass Audubon programs and events and for gift shop purchases at Mass Audubon’s statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries. Winners in specific categories will receive $100 gift cards.

As people continue to forge greater connections with the natural world, organizers hope this year’s interest eclipses even 2011’s banner participation: 2,700 images taken by more than 700 photographers.

“Connecting people and nature is fundamental to the mission of Mass Audubon,” President Laura Johnson noted. “As the photo contest grows in popularity, it has become another way for all of us to share and celebrate the beauty of Massachusetts.”

Mary Dineen of Arlington, a 2011 Grand Prize winner for her image of a painted skimmer dragonfly, noted that photographers who participate in the contest join a community of people who show their love for the outdoors through imagery.

She also noted that “having a camera in your hands makes you slow down, really observe things, and appreciate what’s around you. It teaches us to take advantage of conservation areas and other open spaces, or we might lose them.”

After the contest, the winning images will be enlarged, framed, and displayed in a “traveling gallery” that will visit Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries statewide in 2013.

To submit photos and view the complete rules, visit:www.massaudubon.org/picturethis.

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Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.

Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.