Voting Ends 7/7/2024 at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time

Nature Photography Contest

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This contest is open to all nature photographers aged eight and older, with $200 prizes awarded separately to 8 ― 18 year olds and ages 19 and up. Three of the categories (wildlife, scapes, and close-ups) are judged by a panel of two judges. Additionally, a $200 community choice award goes to the youth and adult photo with the most votes.

Each photo entry costs $15. Photos must be submitted by 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Sunday, July 7, 2024.

Prizes will be awarded in two divisions for each category:

  • Adult: age 19 or older, or out of high school at the end of the contest.
  • Youth: ages 8 to 18, or still in high school at the end of the contest.

  1. Wildlife: Any wild animal is acceptable, including birds, mammals, fish, snails, insects, etc. Photos of animals in captivity, such as pets, zoo residents, or rehab/education animals are not accepted.
  2. Scapes: The earth is full of amazing views. Submit your photo of landscapes, plantscapes, seascapes, weather, clouds, rainbow, mountains, ponds, or any view that you find amazing.  
  3. Macros and Close-up details: You don’t need a macro lens to get an amazing close-up shot. This category is not just for close up shots of small things, but also for close-up details of large things: an animal’s eye, a detail on a fossil, etc.

Community Choice:
This category is judged by the online community who can vote with $1.00 (U.S. dollars) per vote for the photos they like best. There is a $200 prize for the photo with the most votes in both the youth and the adult division. It is possible that a photo or a photographer will receive both the community choice award and win in another category.

  1. Eight $200 Winners: One in each judged category for youth and adult, as well as the community choice award for youth and adult.
  2. 20 Finalists will be selected (3 youth, 3 adult in the three judged categories, as well as the top 3 youth and adults in the community choice category.)
  3. Winning photographers will be notified through email and receive cash prizes in United States dollars via a check sent by United States mail. No cash transfers are available. Please make sure to check your junk email folder for notifications.
  4. Winners and finalists will be named in a news release that is widely distributed, including to their local media, if known.
  5. ACNC will print the winning photographs from the judged categories to exhibit in the Nature Center. 
Raised $2,190
Goal $5,000

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