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Nature Photography Contest

2018 top prize went to Frank Brinker of Oberageri, Switzerland, for his great blue heron portrait titled “Shakin’.”


It’s that time again!  The 27th annual “Ding” Darling Day Amateur Nature Photography Contest is now underway!

Deadline for submission is Sept. 15, 2019; all entries must be submitted electronically. This year, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the refuge, cash award prizes increase to $300 for first place, $225 for second, and $175 for third.

Entries are judged at the beginning of October. Winners will be announced on Conservation Art Day on October 20, 2019 during the annual “Ding” Darling Days festival. All winning and honorable mention photos are displayed in the Visitor & Education Center for the rest of the year.

For complete rules, entry form and other contest information, visit

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