Wildflife magazine opens annual photo competition

Frank Ellison of Clemmons was the 2016 winner of the Wildlife in North Carolina photo competition with this photo of a one-eyed alligator after winning in 2015 as well. (Wildlife in North Carolina)

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has opened the entry process for its 13th annual Wildlife in North Carolina photo competition.

Entries are being accepted until 5 p.m. on Sept. 1.

The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages save for employees of the NCWRC, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and their immediate families. Entrants must be current subscribers to the Wildlife in North Carolina magazine or be younger than 18.

Photographs must have been taken since Sept. 15, 2013.

More details on the contest from the NCWRC, including links on how to enter, are below.

The categories for the contest are:

- Birds

- Invertebrates

- Mammals

- Reptiles and Amphibians

- Animal Behavior: Anything wild animals do, from everyday activities to interactions with other animals to unusual behavior.

- Outdoor Recreation: Show how people interact with North Carolina's natural world through activities that are inextricably linked to nature, such as hunting, ?shing, hiking, rock climbing or canoeing.

- Wild Landscapes: The peaks, valleys, plains and beaches of North Carolina.

- Wild Plants and Fungi: Wild-growing plants only, including their ?owers, leaves, fruits and other parts. Absolutely no cultivated plants will be accepted.

- Youth Photographer, 13-17: Any of the above subjects, shot by photographers under 18.

- Youth Photographer, 12 and under: Any of the above subjects, shot by children 12 and younger.

Do not enter photos of animals that are both captive and non-native to North Carolina, but captive native animals are allowed. No pets or domestic animals will be accepted, except animals participating with people in an outdoor activity, such as hunting dogs or riders on horseback.

Entries will be judged by a panel comprising staff from the Commission and the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, as well as professional photographers. The grand prize winner will have his or her photo published on the cover of the January/February 2018 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina and will receive a check for $200. All winning photographs will be published in the magazine and exhibited at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. First place in all categories pays $100; second place, $75; and third place, $50.

The Commission is accepting entries online only -- no slides, negatives or prints will be accepted by mail. Entrants may submit a maximum of two photos per category. Each photo must be in JPEG format and no larger than 2 megabytes each.

Visit the Commission's Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competition webpage to enter a photo and for additional information.

Wildlife in North Carolina is published bimonthly by the Commission. Subscribers to the magazine enjoy exceptional color photography and articles on hunting, fishing, natural areas, wildlife research and the state's environment in every issue, with one-year and three-year subscriptions available online. Subscribers also receive spring and fall outdoor guide special editions, with the latest hunting, fishing and sportsman information.

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