Time To Focus On Mass Audubon’s Annual Statewide Photo Contest
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Now in its sixth year, Mass Audubon’s popular Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photography contest has become a “must” on the calendar of hundreds of shutterbugs from across the Commonwealth and beyond. The contest runs through September 30.
Photographers of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds are encouraged to enter the contest and connect with nature while portraying the unparalleled allure of the Bay State.
The competition encourages participants to reveal the Commonwealth’s natural wonders, large and small: birds and other animals in their habitats, lush forests and fields, and people enjoying the outdoors.
Last year, more than 600 photographers submitted in excess of 2,000 images that celebrate the magnificence of Massachusetts.
The contest includes two age levels: 18 and Older or Under 18.
And, in an effort to offer participants an even wider choice in subject matter, the number of submission categories has grown to seven: People in Nature, Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Plants and Fungi, Landscapes, and new this year, Travel.
This newest category encourages people who’ve participated in Mass Audubon-led trips during the last five years to enter images taken on those natural history adventures.
Each entrant may submit up to five photos, which must be taken in Massachusetts, at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp in Rindge, NH, or on a Mass Audubon-led trip (domestic or international).
A grand prize winner will be awarded a $250 gift card, to be redeemed at a Mass Audubon shop or wildlife sanctuary. The grand prize photograph will also be featured in Connections, Mass Audubon’s member newsletter.
Up to 12 winners will win $100 gift cards they can redeem at a Mass Audubon shop or a wildlife sanctuary. At least six honorable mentions will win $50 gift cards, also to be redeemed at a Mass Audubon shop or a wildlife sanctuary. Additional honorable mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the judges.
All submissions, regardless of original format, must be submitted online. Please visit www.massaudubon.org/picturethis for submission guidelines and other contest rules and details.
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.