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2024 Calendar Submissions Are Open!

2024 Calendar Submissions Are Open!

By Kayla Edmunds

August 18th through October 7th

Calling all North Country nature photographers!

Get your camera ready! Nature Up North is once again hosting our annual calendar contest for nature photos that will be featured in our 2024 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 - walking, 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 2024 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 a free calendar from Nature Up North.

Calendar Contest Rules:

  1. 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.
  2. Photos must be taken in Northern New York (St. Lawrence, Franklin, Jefferson, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Lewis, or Herkimer counties)
  3. The contest deadline is October 7th. All Nature Up North Encounter photos submitted since September 2022 will also be considered in the contest.
  4. 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 in early Winter. If you have any questions about the contest, please reach out to 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 Kayla Edmunds
Canton, NY

Kayla Edmunds is a 2021 graduate of St. Lawrence University, where she studied Conservation Biology. Before taking on her role at Nature Up North Kayla completed undergrad research on two species of robber flies local to the North Country, which has made her an avid insect enthusiast. Kayla is excited to share her love of insects and all other aspects of the North Country environment through the education opportunities Nature Up North offers, and hopes to inspire a similar drive for ecological engagement in the North Country community. When not leading programs or hunting for bugs, she loves hiking, cross-country skiing, bird-watching, or a good puzzle.