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Maryland Natural Resources Annual Photo Contest

15th Annual Photo Contest Runs Now Through Aug. 31

2017 Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner, American Wigeon by Nikunj Patel

2017 Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner, “American Wigeon” by Nikunj Patel

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting entries for its annual photo contest. Photographers – novice or professional – can enter online or by mail for the chance to win cash and other great prizes.

Winning entries will be posted online, featured in an issue of the seasonal Maryland Natural Resource magazine, and placed in the 2019 wall calendar.

Nearly 300 photographers submitted 1,500 photos to the 2017 Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest.

“Every year I’m astounded by these new images of Maryland’s natural wonders,” Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “Entering this contest is a great way to engage with the outdoors and share your experience for all to enjoy.”

Entries can include images featuring birds, fauna, flora, insects, natural phenomena, outdoor recreation, scenic landscapes, weather or wildlife. Judges will choose first, second and third place winners for each season; from among the first-prize winners, an overall grand prize winner will be awarded. Social media users will also be able to select a “Fan Favorite” via the department’s Facebook page.

Photographers may submit up to three entries for $10 with additional entries (no limit) at $3 each between now and Aug. 31. All photos must be original and unpublished. The photo contest is open to residents and visitors alike, but only photos of Maryland will qualify to win.

The best overall photo receives a grand prize of $500 cash, a one-year Maryland State Park and Trail Passport, a complimentary five-year magazine subscription and five copies of the 2019 calendar. First, second and third place winners also receive prizes.