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Calling all nature photographers
share your photos
for the monthly photo contest!

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Photography Contest

Calling all passionate nature photographers!

Blandford Nature Center invites you to share your photos in our monthly Photo Contest.  Each month we will feature the staff picked top entries in the Photography Contest album on Blandford’s Facebook Page.  Then it is up to the Blandford Nature Center Facebook community to vote for their favorite photo. Each month the winning photo, the one that receives the most “likes”, will win a free 11×14 photo supplied by PhotoEvo.  The winning monthly images will be featured in the December 2017 Blandford Year in Review Album and the Facebook community will vote for the winning photos.

This year there will be two winning photos, one photo taken at Blandford Nature Center and another photo that highlights local natural beauty and biodiversity.  The two winning photographers will each win a choice of a free one year family or photography membership to Blandford Nature Center ($50 or $100 value).


Look below for official contest rules and guidelines.


Be sure to include the photo caption in the body of the email (the subject of the image, the location the image was taken, the name of the photographer, and story behind the photograph) and use the email subject line: Photo Contest 2017.

You can email your entry photos with story to:


2016 Winning Photo
Photographer: Jamie Gorby

Photo Contest Details

The Blandford Nature Center Photo Contest runs from January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017 and is open to all photographers 13 years of age and older with a valid email account.

The winning monthly images will be featured in the Blandford Year in Review Album and the Facebook community will vote for the winning photo. This year there will be two winning photos, one photo taken at Blandford Nature Center and another photo that highlights local natural beauty and biodiversity.  The two winning photographers will each win a free one year family membership to Blandford Nature Center ($50 value).

What to Enter

Blandford Nature Center is looking for striking nature themed digital images. All submitted photos should be taken in Michigan.  Choose a photograph from the suggested categories:


This category includes portraits and behaviors of non- captive animals in their natural habitats.These could include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.


This category includes natural objects in their natural Michigan habitats. These could include plants, flowers, trees, rocks, minerals, fungi, and lichens.


This category includes expansive views that may include landscapes, waterscapes, cloudscapes, prairies, forests, streams, sunrises, and sunsets.


This category includes people interacting with and enjoying nature at BNC-sponsored events,family outings, scouting groups, bird-watching, hiking, invasive species removal, etc.


This category includes naturally occurring patterns, lines, shapes, objects, and can be expansive, close-up, or macro images.


This category includes nature-related images created with traditional or digital technology. It is intended to express the photographer’s artistic impression of the subject. These photos include elements of design such as line, shape, pattern, texture, form, and perspective, as well as composition and manipulations through digital technology.

NOTE: With the exception of Creative Interpretation, images should reflect the natural world and be processed only to highlight the subject and optimize the photo and not fundamentally change it.

Who Can Enter

Blandford Nature Center Digital Photography Competition (the “Contest”) is open to all photographers.

If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to Blandford Nature Center upon request. Entrants must not submit images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife, damage to the environment by the photographer, put any individual or animal in danger, or infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person.

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it  appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust,cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.

Photo captions and a story must accompany all submissions, and should include the subject of the image, date, the location where the image was taken, and the name of the photographer(s)

How to Enter

Photos must be submitted electronically by emailing a copy of the image to Be sure to include the photo caption in the body of the email (the subject of the image, the location the image was taken, and the name of the photographer) and use the email subject line: Photo Contest 2017. Photos must be submitted by the end of each month to be included in the upcoming month’s Photo Contest Album.

Any photos shared will be properly credited, within the contest album, to their photographers based on the information provided during the submission process. Blandford Nature Center is not responsible for any issues or problems you encounter while trying to upload and share photos.


Eligibility and Judging

To ensure eligibility for the contest, high resolution photos should be submitted. Images that do not meet this standard can still be judged, but may not be honored as a finalist in the competition (at the judges sole discretion) if the photographer is unable or unavailable to provide the proper resolution when asked.

Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see “Your Rights” below). You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to Blandford Nature Center upon request.

Submissions may be watermarked if desired, but the watermark should be inconspicuous enough to not interfere with the judging of the photo. A watermarked photo might not be honored by the competition (at the judges sole discretion) if the photographer is unable or unavailable to provide a pristine, watermark-free version of the image when asked.

Images to be included in the monthly Facebook Photo Contest Album will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. The judges are a panel of Blandford Nature Center staff members.

Your Rights

You grant Blandford Nature Center rights (as described below) to your photograph. By entering your photo into the photo contest you confirm that you wish to grant Blandford Nature Center the rights to your image as described below.

If your photograph is formally honored by the competition you grant Blandford Nature Center a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to:

  • Use the photograph on the Internet (includes Blandford ‘s social media –Facebook, Twitter,Pinterest, blog) in support of our mission.
  • Use the photograph in Blandford Nature Center’s non – commercial communications, including e-newsletter
  • Use, in connection with the PhotoContest, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.
  • Reproduce image on a postcard available for sale Blandford Nature Center’s gift shop
  • Keep the files provided, and to archive the images on CD or in other electronic forms, so that your photos can be used to support our mission and be properly credited. As conditions of this permission, Blandford Nature Center shall credit in the contest album with the caption “© Person’s Name”.