News from the DNR Office of Communications

One Month Remaining in 6th Annual Natural Resources Photo Contest

Annapolis, MD – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds photographers that just one month remains to enter the 6th Annual Natural Resources Photo Contest. The contest invites student, amateur and professional photographers to submit photos of Maryland’s diverse natural resources through September 11, 2009.

“This is a great opportunity for photographers of all skill levels to compete for exposure in a contest that highlights the natural beauty of Maryland,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin.

Last year, Milton Tierney of Waldorf topped more than 300 other photographers with his winning image entitled “Resting Dragonfly,” a photograph of a dragonfly resting on a flower. Second place winners included Edward Lowe of Colora, Md.; Michael Eversmier of Cockeysville, Md.; Sharon Pyle of Arnold, Md.; Sabine Dickens of Montgomery Village, Md.; Larry Hitchens of Easton, Md., and Robert Ramirez of Bowie, Md.

Photographers of all ages can win more than $1,200 in prizes and a chance to have their outdoor images published in print and online. Winning entries will be featured in the winter issue of The Maryland Natural Resource magazine as well as the 2010 DNR calendar.
Photos entered into the 2009 contest will be judged within five categories: birds, wildlife (from fish to frogs to foxes), insects, from mountains to the Bay (landscape), wild plants and Maryland State Parks.

All qualifying photographs must be taken in Maryland. Photographers may submit up to three entries for a $10 entry fee. Photos cannot be more than two years old or previously published. Non-residents may participate as long as the photos were taken in Maryland. Winners will be announced online October 15.

Official rules and contest entry forms are available online at

   August 10, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 461,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries, and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic, and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at