Counties Encouraged to Promote 2021 Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest

screech owl sitting in a tree
2020 Grand Prize Winner: Red Morph Eastern Screech Owl by Zaphir Shamma

The 18th Annual Maryland Department of Natural Resources Photo Contest is running now through August 5, 2021. Nature and active recreation like hiking, biking, and kayaking are an important part of the Maryland tourism economy. Counties are encouraged to promote the photo contest locally, which helps to highlight the natural beauty of Maryland’s landscapes, seasons, and wildlife.

All winners will be featured in the department’s 2022 wall calendar and published in the Maryland Natural Resource magazine. All entries must be submitted online. Full rules and details on how to enter are available on the DNR website.

The four contest categories are seasonal: winter, spring, summer, and fall. First, second, and third place winners are selected for each seasonal category. Photos that highlight native species (plants, animals, insects) will be given preference in selection.

Winners may receive cash, state parks passports, magazine subscriptions, and other prizes. In addition to the winners chosen by the department there will be a “Fan Favorite” selected by popular vote on Facebook. The photo with the most “likes” will also be printed in the calendar and magazine.

Last year’s contest resulted in nearly 2,500 photo submissions by 475 photographers. Check out the gallery of 2020 winning images for inspiration.