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Photo contest offers a shot at a spot in ‘Wyoming Wildlife’ magazine

An enthusiast takes pictures of the changing colors on Casper Mountain on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. Monday was the first day of autumn. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The 49th annual “Wyoming Wildlife” magazine contest gives outdoor photographers a chance to have their photos featured in the magazine and win other prizes.

“Winning entries will be published in the February 2020 photo issue of Wyoming Wildlife,” the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says. “The grand-prize winner will receive $600 for the best overall photo and a $350 voucher for a print on metal, gallery mount or other canvas at Artizen Photo Printing.”

“Prizes are also offered for first, second and third places in each of the four photo categories. Honorable mentions will also be recognized.”

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People may submit up to 10 photographs online until midnight on Nov. 25 with a maximum photo size of 9 MB.

These categories of photos are accepted, according to Game and Fish:

  • Wildlife – wild mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects
  • Scenic – landmarks, scenery or inanimate objects are prominent
  • Recreation – people enjoying the outdoors through hunting, fishing, hiking, backpacking, skiing or other outdoor activities
  • Flora – wildflowers, foliage, fruiting bodies or other parts of plants

“The magazine’s contest is expanding to include an additional contest in the spring of 2020,” Monday’s announcement adds. “Winners from the second contest will be featured exclusively in the 2021 November calendar edition of Wyoming Wildlife.”

All photos must have been taken in Wyoming and cannot have been submitted in previous contests.

“’With two photo contests, photographers have double the opportunity to submit their work to be featured,’ said Patrick Owen, creative director for the magazine. ‘You do not need to be a professional photographer to be competitive.’”

Game and Fish employees, commissioners and their immediate families are ineligible for the contest.

“Photographers are encouraged to practice ethical photography, keeping an appropriate distance and respecting animals and their habitats,” Game and Fish adds.

“For more information, complete submission guidelines and prizes, visit the photo contest web page. For questions, contact Patrick Owen at (307) 777-4547.”