NU State Museum's Wildlife and Nature Photo Contest begins July 6

Released on 07/06/2009, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Monday, Jul. 6, 2009, through Sep. 30, 2009

Lincoln, Neb., July 6th, 2009 —

Lincoln, Neb., July 6, 2009 -- The University of Nebraska State Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will conduct its first "Wildlife and Nature Photo Contest" July 6 through Sept. 30. 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 the museum as part of a special exhibit beginning in November.

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 seven categories:

* Mammals
* Birds
* Other Wildlife (includes reptiles, amphibians, insects, fish, etc.)
* Nature and people (people interacting with nature.)
* Landscapes
* Skyscapes
* 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" or 8" by 12" and mounted on 11" by 14" mat board (any color) with an entry form securely attached to the back. No manipulation of photographs is permitted except for cropping, adjustment of contrast and brightness, and color correction. Enhanced or altered photos, or photos taken with artistic filters, will be disqualified. For official rules, visit

Photography will be judged based on originality, technical excellence, composition, artistic merit and overall impact. First-, second- and third-place winners will be selected among each category. One grand prize winner will also be awarded from among all categories. Honorable mentions will also be recognized. The grand prize winner and all first place winners will have their photos featured on the museum's Web site.

To participate, complete the entry form found at and submit it along with photography no later than 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Mail or deliver to: NU State Museum, 307 Morrill Hall, Lincoln, NE, 68588-0388. Contestants hand-delivering their entries will receive half-price museum admission that day.

The NU State Museum is a natural history museum featuring world-class fossils and exhibits. Morrill Hall is located south of 14th and Vine streets on the UNL City Campus. It is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays (closed Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving, Dec. 24-25, Jan. 1). Admission is $5 for adults (19 and older), $3 for children (5-18 years, 4 and younger are free), and $10 for families (up to two adults and their children). There is an additional charge for planetarium shows. Parking is free. For more information about the museum or this contest, call (402) 472-3779 or visit