January 28, 2014
MADISON - Winter visitors to Wisconsin State parks, forests, trails and recreation areas are being encouraged to take their cameras with them on their next trip so they can snap some great winter photos to enter in the contest for the 2015 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks calendar.
"Now is the time to get out and get those winter shots," says Patty Loosen, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources.
Loosen said entries for the contest must fit into one of the four seasons, and that "we're always in need of great winter shots for our photo contest."
Wisconsin state park properties and the many friends groups across the state sponsor many events throughout the winter that could provide photo opportunities. Search the DNR website for "get outdoors," to find a list of activities, such as candlelight skis, snowshoe hikes and winter festivals. Photographs must portray a specific Wisconsin state park, forest, trail or recreation area.
Again in 2015, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks calendar will be included in the November-December issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. 2014 was the first year the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar [PDF] was included in Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.
Submissions are only accepted from amateur photographers ages 14 and over. Professional photographers who earn more than half of their income taking pictures are not eligible. Employees of the DNR and board members of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Photographs must have been shot within the past three years (since Jan. 1, 2012) and no more than four photos may be entered.
"Details on the photo contest will be available later this spring on the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (exit DNR) website, but until then, we would love to have state park and trail visitors get out and take some winter shots at their favorite state park property," Loosen said.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Loosen, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks coordinator, 608-264-8994