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Snap a cool photo, win some cash in the Preserve the Moment photo contest

Harvestman. (Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Summer is in full swing, and you're likely spending more time outdoors in the preserves. Next time you are out, be sure to grab your camera and see what you can find, then enter June's portion of the Preserve the Moment photo contest.

This time of year, milkweed and other native flowers are starting to show off, butterflies are bouncing around and birds are singing, not to mention all of the other assorted wildlife that's out and about in the preserves. Even if you only have the camera on your phone, that'll do just fine for some cool scenery shots. 

We already have our first finalist of the year in the form of a sleeping raccoon at Hammel Woods. Now it's up to you to try and become the second finalist.

If you haven't already submitted your photos for June, be sure to do so by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, June 30. The winning photo each month will be chosen via Facebook voting after Forest Preserve judges narrow down entries to five finalists. Monthly winners will receive $75 gift cards and advance into a final round of judging once the contest concludes Dec. 31. In January, the top three overall contest 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 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.

Last year's monthly finalists: 


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