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November Photo Contest Takes Shape: Finding Structures in Nature

Photo for: November Photo Contest Takes Shape: Finding Structures in Nature

Photo courtesy of Dorian Jarrette

Sometimes the most beautiful nature photos are those that show the juxtaposition of something wild next to man-made objects.

The boldness of a bridge spanning a rushing river, a delicate bird feeder hosting hungry avians, or a fence marking the spot where preservation begins are all examples of structures that will qualify for the November portion of the Forest Preserve District's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest. Contest participants are tasked with capturing forms and shapes against the wild backdrop of the Will County preserves.

Bridges, shelters, dams, buildings and even the artificial nesting structures at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve are all fair game. Focal points could include remnants of the iron manufacturing plant at Joliet Iron Works Historic Site, a Civilian Conservation Corps shelter at McKinley Woods – Frederick's Grove, the historic home and farm structures at Riverview Farmstead Preserve, and an ornate metal fence and the pioneer-era tombstones at Vermont Cemetery Preserve.

Those are all examples of structures that can be featured in snapshots submitted to the contest by the midnight deadline on Thursday, November 30. One winner will be chosen after the deadline and that entry will join the six monthly winners that have been chosen since the contest began on May 1. The final category for the 2017 contest in December will be an open category, which means any type of photo can be submitted, as long as it abides by the contest's rules.

Once the 2017 contest concludes on December 31, all eight monthly winners will compete for top honors via public voting on the District's Facebook page. The top three vote-getters will win prizes: a messenger-style bag for first place, a digital photo frame for second place and a Michaels gift card for third place. All who enter will receive a participation gift.



Participants may enter up to five color digital photos per month in .jpg or .gif formats of up to 4 MB in size. 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. 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.


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