The entry deadline is Sept. 30 for the Erie National Wildlife Refuge amateur nature photo contest.
Competition is in three categories: plant life, wildlife and landscape. For each category there is a $50 first prize and ribbon, $25 second prize and ribbon and ribbons for third place and honorable mention. There also is a $75 cash award for the best photo taken at the Erie National Wildlife Refuge and $25 for the best student (under 18) photo.
Photographers may enter as many as eight images. The entry fee is $5 per photo; make checks payable to Friends of Erie National Wildlife Refuge and mail or deliver entries to Erie National Wildlife Refuge, 11296 Wood Duck Lane, Guys Mills, PA 16327.
Composite photo are not permitted. Photos must be 8 inches by 10 inches to 12×12 and matted but unframed.
The awards reception is scheduled for Oct. 20 at the refuge headquarters in Guys Mills. Photos will be displayed there and can be picked up Nov. 1.
For additional rules and other information, see the contest flyer or call the refuge office at (814) 789-3585.
Ribbons and cash prizes are sponsored by the Friends of Erie National Wildlife Refuge. The contest also is put on in partnership with Presque Isle Audubon.