The Friends of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Inc. is now accepting entries for its 10th Annual Nature Photography Contest. It’s a showcase for some of the best and most talented nature photographers on Delmarva.
The contest is open to all photographers, with 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 again feature a special award for winners in The Beauty of Prime Hook category.
Photographs will be on display from Oct. 19 to Dec. 15, and the exhibition is kicked off with an opening reception for the artists and the general public at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, during the refuge’s Discover the Outdoors Day from 12:30 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 caught 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. Kenneth Arni won last year’s competition with a photograph of two great blue herons titled “Fighting Over Breakfast.”
To be entered in the contest, photographs must be mailed or hand-delivered to the Refuge Office on or before Saturday, Oct.12. The refuge address is 11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton, DE 19968. Refuge hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
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 complete listing of contest rules, go to friendsofprimehook.com, www.fws.gov/northeast/primehook, or visit Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Those with questions can contact the refuge at 302-684-8419.