‘Explore the Great Outdoors’ theme of photography contest


Oak Heritage Conservancy recently announced its eighth annual photography contest to help amateur photographers in Indiana find new nature preserves, parks and agritourism sites.

This year’s theme is “Explore the Great Outdoors.”

“We’re encouraging Hoosiers to explore the great outdoors in search of unique experiences where nature feels inspirational,” Oak Heritage Conservancy Executive Director Jack Sutton said.

“Visiting natural areas (state parks, nature preserves, etc.) and agritourism sites (like pumpkin patches, vineyards and other outdoor farm destinations) offers endless opportunities to capture unique outdoor experiences,” he said. “We hope you will seek out new nature destinations and share your adventures with others.”

Oak Heritage is offering kid-friendly age categories. Kids 18 and under can enter the youth contest. Those 19 and older must enter the adult contest.

Entries in each age group will be judged separately with each age group receiving its own best in show and grand prize. Each grand prize winner will receive a $50 cash prize and a one-year membership to Oak Heritage Conservancy. Photos will be included in the online and traveling exhibit.

Amateur photographers of all ages can submit photos in one of each of these categories:

-Barns, crops and livestock

-Forests, creeks and wetlands

-Wildlife and wildflowers (or other flora)

-People in nature

-Architecture in nature (how architecture and nature have been combined)

Entries may be submitted between Oct. 1 and 31. Contestants must submit their photos online at oakheritageconservancy.org/get-involved/photoexhibit.

The contest is made possible by a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Oak Heritage Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust based in southeast Indiana and protects nearly 1,200 acres of greenspace. Its mission is to preserve, protect and conserve land and water resources that have special natural, agricultural, scenic or cultural significance.

For information, visit oakheritageconservancy.org.

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