Spring photography contest opens

Photo by Alex Miles

The moon slowly moved across the daytime sky, blocking out more and more of the sun until it finally covered it completely, just for a moment before the sun started to peek through again.

That was the moment, with fuzzy cloud coverage, Alex Miles clicked the camera shutter, stilling in time this majestic solar eclipse in Alliance, NE.

It was this image that garnered Miles yet another win in the Dickinson County Nature Center’s bi-annual photography contest in September 2017.

This spring, you have the chance to win the top slot in the photography contest. Entries are now being accepted, with a deadline of April 1, and all ages are invited to submit their best nature shots.

Images must have been taken in the past year but are not limited to Dickinson County locations. Each photo should highlight the diversity of life on Earth, including wildlife in its natural habitat, plant life, weather, landscapes and seasons.

“Last fall, we took away the restriction that images must have been photographed in Dickinson County, and it opened the contest up for some truly beautiful images, like Miles’ solar eclipse photo,” said Kiley Roth, Dickinson County Conservation community relations coordinator. “However, we always encourage people to head out to public areas in the county to take some great shots. There are so many beautiful places nearby to capture truly gorgeous moments, from the trumpeter swans on the wetland in Kenue Park to the Little Sioux River overlook at our Little Sioux Savanna.”

Photo of a fat squirrel

People’s choice winner by Abigail Miles

Photographs are due by April 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 September.

Winners in each age group will be notified via e-mail by April 15. Their images will be featured prominently in the photography display at the Dickinson County Nature Center, as the nature center’s May 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.

Photo of ducks taking off

Photo by Rick Miles

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, visit www.dickinsoncountynaturecenter.com or stop by the Dickinson County Nature Center, 2279 170th St. in Okoboji 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. You can also keep up with the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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