Chicago Park District "Nature in Chicago" Digital Photo Contest

The Chicago Park District is running the 1st Annual “Nature in Chicago” Digital Photography Contest and Exhibition.

The Chicago Park District wants to see the best photos taken within the City of Chicago by nature photographers of all levels. Here are the categories:

Native Flora (Plants)
Native Fauna (animals)
Migratory Birds
Chicago Lakefront
People in Nature
Photos by Youth (14-18) in the categories.

The winning photographs will be exhibited at several Chicago Park District Cultural Centers in the summer of 2010.

Here are the prizes:

“All winners and honorable mentions receive a 1-yr subscription to the Chicago Wilderness magazine and admission to the 2010 Chicago Wilderness Congress. 3rd prize: Private, personalized bird walk during the Spring Migration Season (2010) with the National Audubon Society and a gift certificate to a camera supply store. 2nd prize: Winners will receive a professional critique of their portfolio or workshop on nature photography techniques (their choice) with renowned nature photographer, Carol Freeman. 1st prize: In addition to the 2nd place prize, winners will receive free admission to the Lincoln Park Conservancy’s Annual Gala in 2010, where they have a chance to auction off their work.”

November 15, 2009 is the last day to enter. By the way, I looked at the contest rules and they’re defining “native” as a “species that was present in the Chicago region prior to European settlement or has arrived since through Natural means of dispersal (Chicago Botanic Garden).” This means that they don’t intend this to be a photo contest of your average garden plants.

See here for more contest info and here (PDF) for the contest rules.


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  • Sounds like a great contest, and it's very cool that it will be an annual event. I'll be looking forward to checking out the entries - hopefully they'll be posted online in addition to the live exhibits next summer.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    Garden Girl,

    There's a link in the one I posted to the Flickr group they're using, so we'll be able to look through them. You took a lot of pics this spring in the city, so maybe you should enter. You've got good luck right now fresh off your blog win so strike while the iron is hot.

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