Fall photography contest announced

Photograph of a downy woodpecker in a tree

Alex Miles – adult winner

A broken ice trail, a downy woodpecker poking its head out of a hole, a macro shot of tree bark — these three photographs were the winners of the spring photography contest at the Dickinson County Nature Center.

“There is so much in nature to be in awe of, and photographers are all inspired by different subjects,” said Kiley Roth, community relations coordinator. “We love going through all of the photo entries, because we see so many different compositions. The contests are usually close, because the staff members who vote all have their favorites and are also inspired by different subjects.”

Photograph of broken ice trail

Ethan Harvey – teen winner

The Dickinson County Conservation Board wants all photographers to get outside and capture shots that make us stop and appreciate the beauty of nature. Then submit those photos for the next photography contest at the nature center, with a deadline of Sept. 1.

Images must have been taken in the last year and should highlight the diversity of life on Earth, including wildlife in its natural habitat, plant life, weather, landscapes and seasons.

Photograph of tree bark

Alaina Bruinsma – youth winner

“In the last few photography contests, we have gotten requests from people to open up the parameters to beyond Dickinson County, so this fall nature photographs taken anywhere in the world are welcome,” Roth said. “We certainly hope people will take advantage of beautiful places in the county like the Jahn Wildlife Area or Westport Park, but we can’t wait to see the other gorgeous places that people have also been inspired by.”

Photographs are due by Sept. 1 and will be classified into three age groups: 13 and younger, 14-18 or 19 and older. All submitted images will be on display at the nature center through March.

Winners in each age group will be notified via e-mail by Se

pt. 15. Their images will be featured prominently in the photography display at the Dickinson County Nature Center, as the nature center’s October Facebook cover photo and on the nature center’s website. Winners will also receive a $5 gift certificate to the Nature Store at the nature center.

How to enter

Photographers may enter up to three photos 1-15 MB in size to naturecenter@co.dickinson.ia.us labeled as firstnamelastname_location, for example johnsmith_horseshoebend. Photos should be jpeg, png or tiff files. In the body of the e-mail, include the photographer’s name, location of the photo, approximate date taken, age of photographer, city of residence and a short photo caption.

All images should display content appropriate for all ages. Please do not include photographs of pets or domestic animals, human recreation, the willful harassment of wildlife, damage to the environment by the photographer, photos that put any individual or animal in danger or images that infringe on the rights of another photographer or person.

Photographers retain all rights to their images except for use by Dickinson County Conservation.

For more information, contact 712-336-6352, e-mail naturecenter@co.dickinson.ia.us, or stop by the Dickinson County Nature Center, 2279 170th St. in Okoboji 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. You can also keep up with the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


  1. Sue Boettcher on September 13, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Hi Kiley, When is the next contest and due date? Thanks!

    • kiley on September 15, 2017 at 10:24 am

      The due dates for the contest are always April 1 and Sept. 1!

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