Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 19, 2012

Refuge hosts annual nature, wildlife photo contest


Andover photographers who love the great outdoors can see how their best photos stack up against other photographers from the area.

The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is now accepting submissions for its second annual Nature and Wildlife Photography Contest. Matted prints will be accepted through Friday, Sept. 28.

Winning entries will be put on display in the refuge visitor center for one year.

Maximum allowable print size is 8 by 10 inches. All prints must be presented in a white matte. All images must have been taken on Plum Island and/or within the boundary of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on or after Jan. 1, 2011.

The two themed categories are wildlife and landscapes/seascapes. Further categorization includes images taken with a "point and shoot" camera versus those captured with a camera with interchangeable lenses. Entries will be judged within two age categories: adult and youth (under age 18).

Contest judging will occur in two phases. In round one, members of the Photographic Society of Parker River NWR will vote for their favorite images. In the final round, a panel of judges will determine the winners from this pool of popularly-selected images.

Contest winners will be announced during the refuge's annual Nature and Wildlife Photography Weekend, Oct. 12 through 14. A number of prizes will be awarded to this year's winners, according to the refuge.

Contest participants are allowed to submit a total of two prints. A $5 application fee will cover one or two entries.

For more information and a complete list of contest rules, visit fws.gov/northeast/parkerriver.

The contest is sponsored by Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and the Photographic Society of Parker River NWR.