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Nature Up North Photo Contest for 2021 Calendar

Nature Up North Photo Contest for 2021 Calendar

By Madison O'Shea
June 30, 2020

July 1st, 2020 to August 9th, 2020

Calling all North Country nature photographers!

Got your camera at the ready? Nature Up North is once again hosting our annual calendar contest for nature photos that will be featured in our 2021 wall calendar. At Nature Up North we hope to inspire exploration and appreciation of the North Country environment. One way we do this is through the Encounters feature on our website. Encounters are a way for you to share photos and narratives from your outdoor adventures with the community.  These posts can be wildlife sightings, landscapes, sunsets, waterfalls, game camera pics, or photos from any outdoor adventure - hiking, fishing, canoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, biking, gardening, hunting, birding - you name it!

The grand prize winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to a local North Country business or nonprofit store, and their winning entry photograph will be featured on the cover of the 2021 calendar. Second place will receive a $25 gift certificate to a local North Country business or nonprofit store. Stay tuned for updated information about the gift certificates. All individuals whose photos are selected for the calendar will receive two free calendars from Nature Up North.

Calendar Contest Rules:

  • Photos will only be considered if they are submitted as Encounters on natureupnorth.org. To submit a photo, first visit www.natureupnorth.org and create a free user account.  After logging in with your account, select “Share an Encounter” from the menu options on the homepage.  Pinpoint the location of the photo, upload your image(s), and describe what you saw.
  • Photos must be taken in Northern New York (St. Lawrence, Franklin, Jefferson, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Lewis, or Herkimer counties)
  • The contest deadline is Sunday, August 9th, 2020. All Nature Up North Encounter photos submitted since September 2019 will also be considered in the contest. 
  • Photos from previous years are accepted, but they still must be submitted by the contest deadline.

Nature Up North calendars will go on sale at local businesses mid Fall. If you have any questions about the contest, please contact Madison O’Shea, Nature Up North Project Manager, at info@natureupnorth.org.  We can’t wait to see your North Country nature photos!

*Disclaimer* Nature Up North Encounter photos don’t need to be calendar-worthy. In fact, we love it when you share any images from your nature experiences. All North Country nature shots, whether they're pro-quality or slightly blurry, are encouraged at any time of year.

By Madison O'Shea
Canton NY

Madison is the Nature Up North Project Manager and a 2019 graduate of St. Lawrence University, where she studied Biology and Education. As an undergrad, she worked with Nature Up North to create Monitor My Maple lesson plans and curriculum and MOW the Grasse teacher resources to provide students with opportunities to connect the topics they learn inside the classroom with nature in their own backyard. Growing up in the North Country, she and her family went camping every summer in the Adirondacks where she enjoyed hiking and sitting by the campfire. In her free time, Madison enjoys singing in University Chorus and reading books of all genres. Her interest in environmental education began after her semester of student teaching high school biology where she found that students are immensely curious about the natural world around them and enjoy partaking in citizen science. Madison is excited for the opportunity to connect her passion for education and nature with her love for the North Country community.