Annual Nature Print Contest

Metro Parks, in cooperation with the Lens & Leaves Camera Club, has run an annual nature print contest for more than 25 years. Terrific photographs are entered every year and all of the entries are displayed over four autumn weekends. This year, the exhibits will be held at the following locations and dates:

Oct 8/9
11am to 5pm

Oct 15/16

Oct 22/23

Oct 29 8am–6pm
Oct 30 8am–4pm
Best of Show, 2015 Nature Print Contest (Milkweed Fluff by Floyd Siebert)
Best of Show, 2015 Nature Print Contest (Milkweed Fluff by Floyd Siebert)

There are usually around 200 entries in the display. Visitors to the exhibits not only get the chance to enjoy a fabulous set of photographs, they can also vote for the People’s Choice Award.

The nature print contest is open to all amatuer photographers. There are 11 categories available, and photographers may enter up to four prints in the contest, with no more than two in any one category. This year, the entry form is entirely electronic, and we require photographers to upload digital versions of their entries when completing the forms. Prints entered without digital copies will still be displayed in the exhibits, but will not be judged.

Judges award ribbons for the winners, and second and third places in each category, plus a Best of Show. The People’s Choice Award winner will also receive a ribbon. The winners and places will be displayed in a gallery on the Metro Parks website after the four weekend exhibits have ended.

The deadline for entries is September 29. The complete rules are available in PDF format, with a link to the entry form and photo submission. Last year’s winners can be viewed in the gallery below.
Contest Rules        Enter Contest