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Fall Colors, Fungus Could Be Your Ticket To Becoming Photo Contest Finalist

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Bird's nest fungus (Photo by Matt Ruhter)

Time is of the essence if you want to enter the October portion of the Preserve the Moment photo contest, not only because of the monthly deadline, but also because we're entering peak fall color throughout the preserves.

We're seeing nice pops of color at places such as Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve, Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve and McKinley Woods, to name a few.

Birds are also migrating through, with the American white pelicans now being seen in good numbers, along with sandhill cranes dropping in. Also, don't forget about the fungus. It's just a matter of slowing down and checking out the forest floor, then framing the perfect shot.

There are so many opportunities to try to wow the judges with your photos, but be sure to get your entries in by 11:59 p.m. Saturday, October 31.

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.

Looking for inspiration?


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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