Ninth Annual Nature Photography Contest

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Red Know, Mispillion Harbor, Delaware Credit: Gregory Breese/USFWS. Source: http://www.fws.gov.

Staff Report

The Friends of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Inc., is now accepting entries for their Ninth Annual Nature Photography Contest. It’s a showcase for some of the best and most talented nature photography on Delmarva.

The contest is open to all photographers, including separate categories for students, and attracts hundreds of entries every Fall. There are several categories with many chances to win awards for photographers of all ages and abilities. This year will feature a special award for winners in “The Beauty of Prime Hook” category.

Photographs will be on display from October 14 to December 16 and the exhibition is kicked off with an opening reception for the artists and the general public on Sunday, October 14, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Viewers will again decide the “People’s Choice Award,” which will be presented at the conclusion of the exhibition.

Entries in the annual nature photography contest highlight the unique and beautiful landscapes and wildlife of Delmarva, ranging from soaring ospreys to majestic herons and sun-dappled wildflowers.

Nature’s delicate balance of life is sometimes on exhibit with life and death struggles often caught on film by the camera lens. Eagles soar and foxes hunt for prey within the contest entries. Other photographers turn their lenses upon the scenic wonders of the peninsula, whether it is a seal caught in a rare snow flurry, the sudden fury of a summer thunderstorm or a sunset that captures every color of the artist’s palette. Jon O. Clarke won last year’s competition with a lovely photograph entitled “Subtle Summer Dawn on Assateague.”

To be entered in the contest, photographs must be mailed or hand-delivered to the Refuge Office on or before October 7, 2012. The Refuge address is 11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton, DE. 19968. Refuge hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The entry fee is $5 per photograph or six entries for $25 and must be included with the submitted photographs. Student entries are free.

For a full and complete listing of the contest rules, please go to www.fws.gov/northeast/primehook or visit Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. If you have any questions, please contact the Refuge at (302) 684-8419.