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Annual Photo Contest with Story County Conservation

Annual Photo Contest Submission Period Begins Soon!
Photos May be Submitted March 1 – 19, 2021
February 10 – Amateur photographers are reminded and encouraged to take photos of nature and recreational activities for Story County Conservation’s Annual Photo Contest. Photo submissions are now easier than ever as we’ve switched to a completely digital format.

The following categories are judged:
A: Landscape (within Story County Conservation parks and areas — may include structures)
B: Flora and Fungi (photographs of specific plants or fungi – micro or macro)
C: Fauna (photographs of specific animals – micro or macro)
D: Connecting People and Recreation (people enjoying Story County Conservation areas)

Photographs in categories “A” and “D” must be taken in Story County Conservation areas.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category for Adult (18 and older) and Youth (under 18) entries. Special Awards will also be awarded for the Bill Horine Best in Show, the SCC Magnet*, and fan favorite (voted on by Facebook users). *(One photograph may be selected to be used on a refrigerator magnet. Magnet photos are chosen based on the amount of void space available to allow the SCC logo to be present.)

Photographer may submit up to three entries (photos may be all in one category or a combination) between March 1-19, 2021. Find a complete list of rules and submit your photos through the online form at You may also submit via CD or thumb drive delivered to the Story County Conservation Center (56461 180th St., Ames). For a complete list of rules and map of SCC areas, visit or contact Outreach Coordinator Erica Place at 515-232-2516 or at

Photographers retain all rights to their images except for use by Story County Conservation. Images from the contest are used to enhance SCC’s photo library and to encourage people to visit SCC areas year-round. For inspiration, visit our Facebook page to see photos submitted to last year’s contest.

Submitted by Story County Conservation

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