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 is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.