Entries for State Museum's photo contest due Sept. 1


The deadline to enter the University of Nebraska State Museum's second-annual Wildlife and Nature Photo Contest is Sept. 1. Amateur photographers who are Nebraska residents age 18 or older are invited to submit their striking photos of wildlife and natural settings taken anywhere in the world. All entries will be showcased in Morrill Hall Oct. 1 through Dec. 1 as part of a special exhibit.

Images may show animal behavior, plant life, natural landscapes, portraits of wildlife in a natural habitat and people interacting with nature. Images of pets, domestic animals, or captive animals photographed in zoos or game farms will not qualify for entry. All entries must be original photographs taken by the contestant.

The contest will include six categories: mammals; birds; other wildlife (reptiles, amphibians, insects, fish, etc.); nature and people (people interacting with nature); landscapes and skyscapes; and plant life (native plants in natural settings; garden plants and annuals are not eligible). Participants may submit a maximum of two entries per category.

This contest is for color photographs only. Photographs must be size 8.5 by 11 inches or 8 by 12 inches and securely mounted on 11- by 14-inch foam core (any color, preferably black) with an entry form attached to the back. No manipulation of photographs is permitted except for cropping, color correction, and adjustment of contrast and brightness. Enhanced or altered photos, or photos taken with artistic filters, will be disqualified.

For official rules and entry form, visit the museum's website, http://www.museum.unl.edu. To participate, complete the entry form found and submit it along with photography no later than 4:30 p.m. Sept. 1. Mail or deliver to: University of Nebraska State Museum, Re: Wildlife and Nature Photo Contest, 307 Morrill Hall, Lincoln, NE, 68588-0388. Contestants hand-delivering their entries will receive half-price museum admission.

- Dana Ludvik, State Museum

More details at: http://go.unl.edu/4xu