Enter the 2014 Maryland Natural Resources Photo Contest!

2013 Photo Contest Winner - Photo by Graham Slaughter

Attention amateur, professional and student photographers: DNR’s 11th annual photo contest runs now through August 30, 2014. This year, we are excited to announce a new category and an online submission option! Winners will be featured in the 2015 Maryland Natural Resource Calendar and published in the Winter 2015 edition of the magazine. Enter now for your chance to win cash, State Parks Passports and other terrific prizes!

The contest is open to all photographers, except for employees of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Public Television, and their immediate families.

Winners will be announced in September on dnr.maryland.gov, news.maryland.gov/dnr and our social media outlets @AccessDNR.

Another winner from the 2013 contest - Dennis Garcia


  • Birds: Choose from more than 423 State species
  • Insects: Bugs, bugs and more bugs
  • Flora: Wild-growing plants, including flowers, leaves and fruits
  • Great Outdoors: People enjoying outdoor recreation in State Parks, forests, natural areas, etc.
  • Scenery: Spectacular landscapes from the mountains to the Bay and everything in between
  • Wildlife: Any creatures not covered in the Birds and Insects categories
  • New! Nature in Action: Rising tides, lightning and other storm events

We remind all participants to be careful of their surroundings and always put safety first in hazardous situations.

Entry Rules

  • All photos must be described on the contest entry form, which must be included with your photos.
  • An entry fee of $10 for up to three photos and $3 for each additional entry must be paid with your submissions. Number of photos that may be submitted by any photographer is unlimited.
  • Previously published photos or parts thereof are not eligible.
  • All photos must be original and must have been taken within the past two years.
  • Light edits/enhancements only — heavy effects or manipulations will not be considered.
  • Photographers from any state may participate, but all photos must have been taken in Maryland.
  • Judges will make selections based on thequality, composition, content, originality, creativity and mass appeal. Decisions are final and in the judges’ sole and absolute discretion.
  • This offer is void where prohibited by law.
  • DNR is not responsible for lost or misdirected entries.
  • Photographers authorize DNR to distribute their image(s) for non-commercial purposes with photo credits — including but not limited to education and news purposes — to the State of Maryland, media, print, digital, online services and television for their use; and retain copyright to these photos, the above agreed to permissions not withstanding.
  • Yahoo/Flickr is not responsible for any claims, losses, damages or liabilities of any kind.
  • Yahoo/Flickr does not sponsor, endorse or administer this contest.


Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, August 30, 2014 to be considered.

  • Eligible formats include 5”x7” or 8”x10” prints. No slides or transparencies.M
  • Photos are not to be matted, mounted or framed.
  • Each photo must be labeled on the reverse side with the name and address of the photographer, category and photo number corresponding to the entry form.


Entries may be submitted through Saturday August 30, 2014 via the online photo-sharing site, Flickr. You will need to use/create a Yahoo! ID to enter this way.

  • Photos must be the highest resolution possible — a minimum of 1600px x 2000px at 300 dpi.
  • Go to shopdnr.com to pay the entry fee.
  • Go to flickr.com/groups/AccessDNR2014contest and click on Request to Join Group.
  • While your membership is pending, upload your photos to your own Flickr account. Descriptions must include: title, name, category, location of photo, date taken.
  • Once a member, add your entries to the group by clicking on +Add Photos.
  • After your photos (as covered by the entry fee) are added, you will be removed from the group. If you take more photos you would like to enter, you may do so by beginning the entire process again.


Grand Prize Winner

  • $500
  • 2015 Maryland State Park Passport
  • Lifetime subscription to the Maryland Natural Resource magazine
  • Five copies of the 2015 calendar with winning photo published
  • Seven (7) First Place Category Winners

    • 2015 Maryland State Park Passport
    • Two-year subscription to the Maryland Natural Resource magazine
    • Five copies of the 2015 calendar with winning photo published

    Seven (7) Second Place Category Winners

    • One-year subscription to the Maryland Natural Resource magazine
    • Five copies of the 2015 calendar with winning photo published

    Seven (7) Category Honorable Mentions will also be announced.

    Please direct any questions to Lauren Dorrill in the Office of Communications at 410-260-8008 or lauren.dorrill@maryland.gov

    Download Entry Form

    2013 Photo Contest Winners

    Sponsored by Maryland: Smart, Green and Growing, DNR, Outdoors Maryland, and Maryland Park Service

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