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“Focus on Nature” Photo Contest

Nature photoSeptember marks the end of summer and beginning of fall. Although things are beginning to wind down in the natural world, there’s still lots to appreciate. We’re looking for your very best snapshots depicting nature this month, whether in your backyard, the park down the street or in the local forest preserve. You don’t have to look far for inspiration. Waterfowl and songbirds are migrating south, along with Monarch butterflies. Asters and goldenrod are blooming in the forest preserves. Apples are hanging ripe on backyard fruit trees. Insects, like crickets, bees, and dragonflies, are everywhere. With days getting cooler, now is a great time to get outside with your camera. Cell phone pics are welcome!

Important - please don’t forget to let us know where your photos were taken, the type of camera you used, and the subject matter.

Winning photos will be showcased on the library’s website and social media accounts. Prizes will be awarded to all winners!


September 1-30 – Submission period via email

October 1-2 – Winners and runners-up announced via email; photo album posted on the library’s website and official Facebook account.

Submission Email

Send all entries directly to:

George Kalinka
Adult & Teen Services Manager

Official Rules

Photographers retain all rights to submitted photos. However, the library is automatically granted the right to publish all entries royalty-free.

As conditions of this permission, the library may credit submitted photographs used with “Person’s Name” and location photograph was taken.

Photographers must supply the name of and written permission from any persons included in photo entries, authorizing their image to be used in library digital and/or print materials.

There is no limit on number of entries!