Mass Audubon’s Annual Statewide Photo Contest Underway
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon’s annual Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest is now underway, with hundreds of participants expected to submit images of the Bay State’s natural beauty and wildlife diversity before the competition ends September 30.
Each year, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors attracts shutterbugs of all abilities, ages and backgrounds, who are encouraged to fan out across the state (and Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp in Rindge, NH) to take their best shots of birds and other animals, friends and family members enjoying the outdoors, and more.
For the 2016 contest, photographers will be able to submit up to10 entries, double the number allowed previously. Categories include People in Nature, Birds, Mammals, and Other Animals, as well as a single category for Landscapes, Plants, and Fungi. The age groupings are again 18-and-Over and Under-18.
All submissions, regardless of original format, must be submitted online, where complete rules can also be found.
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 Mass Audubon’s member newsletter.
Nine winners will get $100 gift cards to redeem at a Mass Audubon shop or sanctuary. At least six honorable mentions will win $50 gift cards to redeem at a shop or sanctuary, and additional honorable mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the judges.
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.