NU State Museum organizes wildlife, nature photo contest

2010 Grand Prize-winning photograph, "Papillion Storm Passing," by Matthew DeBoer of Papillion.
2010 Grand Prize-winning photograph, "Papillion Storm Passing," by Matthew DeBoer of Papillion.

The University of Nebraska State Museum is conducting its third annual Wildlife and Nature Photo Contest now through June 18.

Amateur photographers who are Nebraska residents age 18 or older are welcome to submit their photos of wildlife and natural settings taken anywhere in the world. All entries will be showcased in the museum July 1 through Labor Day as part of a special exhibit. This contest is part of a year-long celebration of the museum's 140th anniversary.

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 (includes 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. A separate entry form is required for all photographs submitted. Photography will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, artistic merit and overall impact. All photos must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on June 18.

For official rules and an entry form, click the link below.

Mail or deliver photography 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, NU State Museum

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