Take a shot and en­ter Hawk Moun­tain’s an­nual Dig­i­tal Photo Con­test

Pho­tog­ra­phers of any skill level en­cour­aged to en­ter their best pho­tos taken at Hawk Moun­tain

The Hamburg Area Item - - Local News - From Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary As­so­ci­a­tion

Grab your cam­era and get to the Moun­tain, be­cause Sun­day, Nov. 26 marks the fi­nal day for lo- cal 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. Cat­ego- ries in­clude Scenic Views and Wild Land­scapes, Wild Avians, Na­tive Wild Flora, Na­tive Wild Fauna, and Macro Pho­tog­ra­phy. All pho­tos must be sub­mit­ted on­line at hawk­moun­tain. org/ pho­to­con­test.

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 and the run­ner up will re­ceive $ 25. The award­win­ning 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 2018 Hawk Moun­tain News.

The dig­i­tal for­mat of this con­test al­lows any pho­tog­ra­pher to par­tic­i­pate eas­ily. “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,” says Gigi Ro­mano, the Sanc­tu­ary’s Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Spe­cial­ist. “It’s a breeze to en­ter, and your sub­mis­sion fee di­rectly ben­e­fits our work here on the Moun­tain.”

For a com­plete list of rules and guide­lines or to en­ter, visit hawk­moun­tain. org/ pho­to­con­test.

The 2,500- acre Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and is open to the pub­lic year- round by trail­fee or mem­ber­ship, which in turn sup­ports the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion’s rap­tor con­ser­va­tion mis­sion and lo­cal- to- global re­search, train­ing, and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams. To learn more about Hawk Moun­tain and its ef­forts, visit www. hawk­moun­tain. org.

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