Photos must be submitted via email to [email protected] between August 7 and August 21, 2023, and meet all the following requirements:
Photos that do not meet all requirements will not be reviewed by the judging panel.
Though not required, best efforts should be made to identify plants or wildlife in your photos—please include this information in your caption. (e.g. Turkey Vulture flying over Buffalo Trace, July 2019).
Please keep a safe distance and do not disturb wildlife when taking photos. Any photos that show evidence of feeding, audio playback or approaching wildlife too closely will not be accepted.
If you have any questions, please contact: [email protected]
Champaign County Forest Preserve District reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.
Winning photos will be featured in the annual wall calendar and on Champaign County Forest Preserve District social media accounts. Each winning photographer will receive a copy of the calendar as well as a Forest Preserves prize package.
Champaign County Forest Preserve District uses blind judging to select the contest winners. This means judges do not know the names of the photographers when deciding winning images. Champaign County Forest Preserve District shall determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. All decisions made by the judging panel are final.
Champaign County Forest Preserve District judging panel will select the contest winners and runners-up. Fourteen winners will be chosen by the panel:
The panel will also select up to 24 runner-up photos that may be featured in The Leaflet newsletter, on CCFPD social media accounts, and on the CCFPD website.
Please note: Winning photos may be cropped to fit the format of the calendar, and other variations may occur during duplication.
Your photos help Champaign County Forest Preserve District spread the message of how important it is to protect our region’s amazing diversity of wildlife, plants and habitats. Thank you for helping to further our mission through your photography.
Photographers retain all rights to photo entries. However, by submitting photos for contest entry, the photographer is granting the Champaign County Forest Preserve District and those it authorizes a royalty-free, nonexclusive, world-wide, irrevocable license, in perpetuity, to: