October 30, 2016

Take a Shot: One month remains for Hawk Mountain Digital Photo Contest

2016 Scenic Views first place winner, Sunset on North Lookout by Brian Reitenauer

Grab your camera and get to the Mountain, because Sunday, November 20 marks the final day for local photographers to submit entries for the Hawk Mountain Digital Photo Contest.

Photographers of any skill level can enter their best photos taken at Hawk Mountain for an entry fee of just $5, which benefits the Sanctuary's education programs. Participants can enter in as many of the 5 categories as they like, but only up to 2 photos per category. Categories include Scenic Views and Wild Landscapes, Wild Avians, Native Wild Flora, Native Wild Fauna, and Macro Photography. All photos must be submitted online at

A winner and runner up will be chosen for each category. Honorable mentions and a staff pick will also be selected. The winner for each category will receive $75 dollars and the runner up will receive $25. The award-winning photos will be displayed in an exhibit in the Wings of Wonder Gallery in the Hawk Mountain Visitor Center for a year and in the Autumn 2017 Hawk Mountain News.

The digital format of this contest allows any photographer to participate easily. "Everyone is always taking digital pictures, and some are actually really good at it," says spokesperson Gigi Romano, the Sanctuary's Communications Specialist. "Anyone could turn in the winning photo."

"We want people to get out here and explore the Mountain's trails, overlooks, and programs. This is the perfect chance to practice nature photography and capture the beauty of Hawk Mountain," she adds.

For a complete list of rules and guidelines or to enter, please visit 

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