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Two Weeks Remaining In 5th Annual Natural Resource Photo Contest
ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reminds photographers that just two weeks remains to enter in the 5th Annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. Sponsors Ritz Camera Centers, Boater’s World Marine Centers, Maryland Public Television and DNR, encourage student, amateur and professional photographers to submit their photos of Maryland’s diverse natural resources by September 5, 2008
“Our annual photo contest offers photographers of all skill levels the opportunity to share their appreciation of our state’s exceptional natural resources, and the people who enjoy them,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. ”Each year the exciting images we receive celebrate the breadth and diversity of our exceptional landscapes, waterways and the people who enjoy them.”
Last year, Chuck Prahl of Cambridge topped nearly 400 other photographers with his winning image entitled “Working the Trotline,” a photograph of a fishing boat on the Choptank River in Cambridge. Second place went to Sid Keiser of Cockeysville, for his tranquil shot of the boat Miss Jennifer, “Water Color.” Third place went to Karen Messick of Baltimore, for her close-up, “Spiderwort,” of the native flower.
Photographers of all ages can win up to $1,200 in prizes and a chance to have their outdoor images published in print and online. Winning entries will be featured in the winter issue of The Maryland Natural Resource magazine as well as the 2009 DNR calendar.
Photos entered into the 2008 contest will be judged within 5 categories: birds, including waterfowl; mammals, reptiles and amphibians; invertebrates; landscape scenes; plants; and outdoor recreation illustrating people in nature.
To qualify, photographs must be taken in Maryland. Photographers may submit up to three entries for a $10 entry fee. Photos cannot be more than two years old or previously published. Non-residents may participate as long as the photos were taken in Maryland. Winners will be announced online October 16.
Official rules and contest entry forms are available online at www.dnr.maryland.gov/photocontest/.
August 21, 2008
Contact: Olivia Campbell
410-260-8016 office I 410-507-7525 cell
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 449,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov