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Love Nature Photography? Love Free Money? Then Enter Our Photo Contest

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Margined calligrapher fly (Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

There's a bounty of birds, bees, butterflies and assorted other bugs out in the preserves just waiting to get their moment in the spotlight. So the next time you're out on the trails, be sure to grab your camera and see what you can find, then enter the July portion of the Preserve the Moment photo contest.

In addition to wildlife, the prairies are popping with color and there's a good amount of fungus among us. Basically, the opporunities to wow the judges this month are seemingly endless. 

So far in this year's contest, we already have our first two finalists: a weasel at Rock Run Preserve and a crayfish with its claws held high at Hickory Creek Preserve. Now it's up to you to try and become the third finalist.

If you haven't already submitted your photos for July, be sure to do so by 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 31. 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 December 31. The top three winners will be 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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