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Photo Contest

The Friends of Wildwood are seeking original, amateur photographs taken within Wildwood Park for the 2021 Photography Contest. Photos should reflect wetlands habitat, flora, fauna and/or activities that convey the conservation values of the Park.

Contest Rules


  • The photo MUST have been taken in Wildwood Park.
  • While we recognize that there is a great deal of creativity associated with digital manipulation of photos, we will accept
    only photographs that reflect wildlife and scenic areas in their natural state, without the assistance of imagery manipulation.
  • Photos that previously won an award in the Photo Contest may not be entered.
  • This competition is open only to non-professional photographers.

Preparing Photos

  • Only two submissions per person will be accepted.
  • Entries must be 8”x10” print size, mounted on a white 11”x14” backboard with a single white top mat. Note: Adhesive hangers will be provided by Friends of Wildwood and attached to the backboard for exhibit hanging.
  • Mats are available in the Olewine Nature Center’s gift shop for $6.00.
  • No framed prints are permitted.
  • No marks or names that can identify the photographer may be visible on the front of the photograph or mat.
  • A completed photo contest entry form must be attached to the backboard of each photo.
  • Entries will be accepted at the Nature Center November 2 through December 4, 2021. All entries are due by December 4, 2021 by 3:00 pm.

Judging & Awards

  • Photos will be on display in the Olewine Nature Center from December 14, 2021 through January 29, 2022.
  • Judging will be conducted by a panel of professional photographers and will be based on composition, creativity, sharpness and contrast.
  • Cash prizes ($100, $75, $50) will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in each division at the awards reception on January 16, 2022, 1:00pm.
  • The public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite photographs (People’s Choice Awards). Winners will be notified in early February.
  • The photo committee reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not meet the contest guidelines.


  • Photos may be picked up at the Olewine Nature Center February 1, 2022 through March 1, 2022 (closed Mondays and holidays). Beyond March 1, 2022, unclaimed photos may be donated for educational purposes.
  • Winning entries will be retained for one year for display purposes and may be picked up on or after February 1, 2023.


  • The Friends of Wildwood and Dauphin County Department of Parks and Recreation reserve the right to publish or display submitted photographs on our website and other venues.
  • The Friends of Wildwood assumes no liability for any loss, damage or injury of any kind to persons or property resulting from participation in the contest.