Annual Statewide Photo Contest Beckons All to the Outdoors
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon’s annual statewide photography contest, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors, has returned—just as people are beginning to feel more comfortable exploring and appreciating the Commonwealth’s natural beauty.
The friendly photo competition has become a traditional “must” for shutterbugs of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience, who delight in sharing the nature of Massachusetts through their photographs. Hundreds of photographers participate in the contest, which this year runs through Thursday, September 30.
Last year, more than 5,000 images were submitted, and judges are expecting competitors to be just as enthusiastic and committed in 2021. Contestants can submit up to 10 images.
Participants must enter in their appropriate age groups: 18-and-Older or Under-18. Photo subject categories include: People in Nature, Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Landscapes, and Plants and Fungi.
Photographs must have been shot in Massachusetts or at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp in Rindge, NH, but can have been taken any time prior to or during the 2021 contest period.
One Grand Prize winner will be awarded a $250 gift card, in addition to being featured in Mass Audubon’s member newsletter, Explore. Eleven winners will win $100 gift cards, and at least six honorable mentions will win $50 gift cards. Additional honorable mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the judges.
All gift cards are to be redeemed at a Mass Audubon shop or wildlife sanctuary.
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.