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April 15, 2014

Mass Audubon sponsors photo contest

Mass Audubon invites photographers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to enter its statewide photo contest, “Picture This: Your Great Outdoors,” and connect with nature while portraying the beauty of the Bay State. The competition, which runs April through September, annually encourages shutterbugs to reveal the state’s natural wonders, large and small: mist-filled valleys and nesting birds, wildflower meadows and people enjoying the outdoors.

There are two age levels: 18 and Older or Under 18. The number of submission categories has grown to six: Mammals will now be a stand-alone category, in addition to People in Nature, Birds, Other Animals, Plants and Fungi, and Landscapes.

Each entrant may submit up to five photos, which must be taken in Massachusetts or at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp, located in Rindge, N.H. A grand prize winner, selected from among up to 12 winners (two from each age level per category), will be awarded a $250 gift card, to be redeemed at a Mass Audubon shop or wildlife sanctuary. The grand prize photograph will also be featured in Connections, Mass Audubon’s member newsletter. Other winners will receive $100 gift cards and up to six honorable mentions will receive $50 gift cards, all to be redeemed at a Mass Audubon shop or wildlife sanctuary. Additional honorable mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the judges.

All submissions, regardless of original format, must be submitted online. Visit www.massaudubon.org/picturethis for submission guidelines and other contest rules and details.

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