Nov. 30 deadline for Illinois in Focus photo contest
CHICAGOWith just one month left before the closing deadline, the Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy is calling for entries in the Illinois in Focus photo contest. Entrants are invited to submit up to eight images for consideration for the contest. A Grand Prize winner will be selected from entries received and awarded a personal tour of a Conservancy site with professional nature photographer Carol Freeman, plus more than $350 in books donated by American Nurseryman Publishers.
Illinois has so many distinctly beautiful places that finding a suitable subject is rarely the problemthe challenge comes in capturing that beauty accurately on film, Freeman said. If you can do that, you will find yourself with some incredible nature photos. As a nature photographer, I have found Illinois wetlands, woodlands and prairies, as well as its diverse plant and animal populations, to be a constant source of inspiration.
Photographs may be entered into five categories: Illinois Wild Places, Illinois Wildlife, People, Illinois Flora and Abstract. Judges will consider composition, subject matter, creativity, technical merit, and overall impact when making their decisions.
All submissions must include a signed entry form, which can be obtained from The Nature Conservancys Web site nature.org/illinois. Official rules and details are also posted on the Web site.