Annual Statewide Photo Contest Has Begun
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Do you enjoy taking photos of woodland paths and shining shorelines, songbirds and bunnies in the backyard, family members exploring a flower garden? Then you’ll be excited to know that Mass Audubon’s annual statewide photo contest, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors, is now under way and continuing through Sunday, September 30.
From late spring into early fall, hundreds of photographers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities submit thousands of images revealing the natural beauty of the Bay State; the Commonwealth’s animals and plants in all their bountiful biodiversity; and countless kids or groups of friends caught by the camera as they connect with nature.
Photo contest participants may compete in one of two age categories, 18 and Older and Under 18. Subject areas include: People in Nature, Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Landscapes, and Plants and Fungi.
Each contestant may enter a maximum of 10 photographs, which must be taken in Massachusetts or at Wildwood, Mass Audubon’s overnight camp in Rindge, NH. Images can have been taken at any time prior to or during the contest, but all entries, regardless of original format, must be submitted online.
One grand prize winner will be awarded a $250 gift card, in addition to being featured in Mass Audubon’s member newsletter. Eleven winners will receive $100 gift cards and at least six honorable mentions will receive $50 gift cards. All gift cards are to be redeemed at Mass Audubon shops or wildlife sanctuaries. Additional honorable mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the judges.
Mass Audubon protects 36,500 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—a 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 125,000 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 massaudubon.org.