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Show Off Your Photography Skills In The Preserve The Moment Photo Contest

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Green heron at Rock Run Rookery. (Photo by Anthony Schalk)

The days are getting cooler and shorter, and while that may have you longing for the dog days of summer, it does bring some different opportunities with the District's very popular Preserve the Moment photo contest

Not only will fall color start creeping in, but bird migration is in full swing and that presents the perfect opportunity to snap a shot of some feathered friends that may normally not be in the area. For example, there recently was a white-faced ibis at Whalon Lake. Monarch migration also is heating up and the American white pelicans should soon be flocking around Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. 


The possibilities are endless, but be sure to get your entries in by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 30.

So far this year's monthly contest finalists are:

Each monthly finalist — as voted on by a panel of judges — will receive a $75 MasterCard gift card and advance into a final round of judging once the contest concludes on December 31.

All eight monthly finalists will compete for the top three overall contest spots as determined by a public vote on the District’s Facebook page, with the first-place winner receiving a $500 gift card; second place, $250; and third place, $150.

Three random drawings also will be held for all contest participants and those three winners will each receive a $75 MasterCard gift card. All who enter will receive a participation gift.

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Participants may enter up to five digital photos per month. All photos must be uploaded via the District’s contest upload page. Be sure to fill out all of the required categories, including the date and location the photo was taken.

Photos must be taken by amateur photographers age 18 or older, and they must be snapped in a Will County forest preserve during the contest period, which began May 1. For instance, pictures taken at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, which is owned by the U.S. Forest Service, and Pilcher Park, which is a City of Joliet park, will not qualify for the contest.

For a list of all Forest Preserve locations, check out the District's preserve page and be sure to read the contest rules before entering. Entries not adhering to the rules will automatically be disqualified.

The Preserve the Moment photo contest is sponsored by The Nature Foundation of Will County.


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