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DNR Kicks Off the 11th Annual Natural Resource Photo Contest

Now Accepting Online Submissions

Calling all photographers ─ novice, professional and those who just happen to snap a great picture! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting entries for its annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. New this year, the contest now features an additional category and an online submission option!

“As winter melts away and reveals the blooming buds of spring, now is a great time to get outside and capture fresh photos of Maryland’s ever-changing scenery,” said DNR Secretary Joseph P. Gill. “The contest gives photographers of all skill levels a chance to share their work with the public and win some great prizes in the process.”

Last year, Graham Slaughter of Woolford topped more than 150 other photographers with his winning image Butterfly. His vivid photograph of a Black Swallowtail sitting atop a golden Black-eyed Susan graced the cover of the 2014 calendar.

This year ─ in addition to Birds, Flora, Insects, People in State Parks, Scenery and Wildlife ─ DNR is introducing a Nature in Action category to include rising tides, lightning and other storm events. Participants are reminded to be careful of surroundings and put safety first in hazardous weather situations.

Winning entries will be featured in the next winter issue of The Maryland Natural Resource magazine as well as the 2015 DNR calendar.

The best overall photo will win the grand prize of $500, a 2015 Maryland State Park Passport, a lifetime subscription to the magazine and five copies of the 2015 DNR calendar, which will feature the winning photos.

First place winners in each category will receive a Maryland State Park Passport, a two-year magazine subscription and two calendars. Second place winners will receive a calendar and one-year magazine subscription.

The contest is open to everyone All qualifying photographs must be taken in Maryland. Non-residents may participate as long as the photos were taken in Maryland. Photographers may submit up to three entries for a $10 entry fee and additional entries (no limit) for $3 each. Photos may not be more than two years old or previously published. Submissions are due by August 30, 2014 and winners will be announced online September 30, 2014.

The winning photos will also appear in the winter issue of DNR’s quarterly magazine. Subscriptions are available at Check out last year’s winning entries here.

More information on the photo contest, including official rules and contest entry forms, is available at