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Enter Your Wildflower Photos for June's Contest

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Photo by Suzy Lyttle

Even if you missed out on the May portion of the Preserve the Moment Photo Contest — or entered and fell short of becoming a finalist — it's a new month with a new chance to dazzle us with your photography skills.

June also presents a new challenge, because this year's contest is set up with specific monthly categories. This month, your assignment is to submit the most stunning wildflower photos you can take — or have taken — within the preserves. 

For a submission to be valid, it must have been taken within the contest period, which began on May 1, so keep that in mind when going through and deleting photos off your camera or phone. Even if you can't submit it in the current month, it could have future possibilities.

The full list of categories for the remainder of the contest are:

  • June, wildflowers
  • July, sunsets
  • August, open category (any photos from within the District's preserves can be submitted)
  • September, fungus
  • October, fall colors
  • November, structures
  • December, open category (any photos from within the District's preserves can be submitted)

In need of a little inspiration? Check out our Instagram and Flickr pages.

Enter photos by midnight on the last day of each month through December 31. Monthly winners will be chosen by a panel of judges who will assess photo submissions based on focus, lighting, composition, impact, creativity and storytelling. Eight monthly winners will then compete for votes in January 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-owned locations, check out the District's preserve page and be sure to read the contest rules before entering.



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