The deadline for photographers to enter the Prime Hook Nature Photography Contest is drawing near.
The Friends of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Inc., sponsor the annual contest, which is a showcase for some of the best and most talented nature photography on Delmarva. To be entered in the contest, photographs must be mailed or hand-delivered to the refuge office on or before Oct. 12.
The 10th annual 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. Viewers will also decide the People’s Choice Award, which will be presented at the conclusion of the exhibition.
Photographs will be on display from Oct. 19 to Dec. 15 and the exhibition kicks 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.
Discover the Outdoors Day will celebrate the refuge's 50th anniversary as well as National Wildlife Refuge System Week. This day will feature many hands-on activities to connect people with nature including the S.N.A.P. it! photography program, archery, fly fishing, building bluebird nest boxes, and a special interpretive program by Animal Behavior and Conservation Connections featuring live birds including a red-shouldered hawk, broad-winged hawk, kestrel, merlin, turkey vulture, saw-whet owl and osprey. For more information on these activities, check out www.fws.gov/northeast/primehook/events.html
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.
Kenneth Arni won last year’s competition with a photograph of two great blue herons, “Fighting Over Breakfast.”
The entry fee is $5 per photograph or six entries for $25 and must be included with the submitted photographs. Student entries are free.
The Refuge address is 11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton. 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.
For a full and complete listing of contest rules, go to friendsofprimehook.com, www.fws.gov/northeast/primehook, or visit Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. For answers to questions, contact the refuge at 302-684-8419.