Annual Statewide Photo Contest Under Way!
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon’s annual statewide photography contest, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors, is again up and running, and welcoming shutterbugs of all ages and backgrounds. The 2022 competition runs through Friday, September 30.
Each year, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors is eagerly awaiting by photographers of all abilities, whose numbers have increased as so many more people have been appreciating the outdoors and nature during this time of uncertainty.
Last year’s contest drew more than 8,000 submissions from hundreds of competitors.
The 2021 grand-prize winning image, taken by Ian Barton of Framingham, showed a wide-eyed river otter, it’s tongue sticking out, perched on a pond stump at Mass Audubon’s Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.
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 2022 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 160,000 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.