The holiday season is starting to barrel down on us like a freight train, and with that comes additional stress. But lucky for you, we have the perfect excuse to take a deep breath, step outside and enjoy nature thanks to the Preserve the Moment Photo Contest.
It has been a record year in terms of entries and there are still two months to go, which means you still have two more opportunities to come out on top in the monthly portion of the contest and be entered in the running for the grand prize.
If you haven't already submitted your shots for this month, be sure to do so by the end of the day on Friday, November 30. Each monthly finalist — as voted on by a panel of judges — receives a $75 Visa gift card and advances into a final round of judging once the contest concludes on December 31. The top three winners will be determined by a public vote on the District’s Facebook page. The overall contest winners will receive Visa gift cards in the amount of $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $150 for third place.
Three random drawings also will be held for all contest participants and those three winners will receive $75 Visa gift cards. All who enter 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 generously supported by The Nature Foundation of Will County.