2020 Wildlife Weekend Photo Contest Announced

Friends of Steele Creek Nature Center and Park has announced its 14th Annual Wildlife Weekend Photography Contest and Show, traditionally held in conjunction with Wildlife Weekend at Steele Creek Park, in Bristol Tennessee.  Amateur photographers of all ages, including children and teens, are encouraged to participate. Eligible photographs must be taken at Steele Creek Park in Bristol, Tennessee and should be focused on the natural aspects of the Park.  Prizes will be awarded, based on the general interest, creativity, and technical merits of the photographs.  Professional photographers from the Bristol area will serve on the panel of judges. All entries will be displayed online during the month following Wildlife Weekend; prints of all prize winning entries will be displayed at The Nature Center at Steele Creek Park. 

This year’s contest will again be conducted entirely online.  All photographs must be submitted by e-mail in digital format. The deadline for submitting photographs is 11:59 pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Complete rules and instructions for submitting entries and fees are available here, or by e-mail request at [email protected].

This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone with a camera to demonstrate the natural beauty and diversity of Steele Creek Park. Most importantly, it’s an opportunity for park-goers of all ages to have fun through the creativity of photography and the wonder of nature.

Wildlife Weekend at Steele Creek Park is an annual event featuring a variety of children’s activities, speakers, and interpretive walks, all relating to the natural history of the Park and the region. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans are being made to conduct most of the activities online. The Wildlife Weekend Planning Committee will soon be finalizing a schedule for this year’s “virtual” event. A two-week BioBlitz (Oct. 1-15th) will kick off our “Citizen Science” theme. An instructional video on how to use iNaturalist (to conduct the BioBlitz) will be made available, along with citizen science videos on bird banding, using eBird, and participating in a BioBlitz. Nature craft instruction, an insect expedition, and a nature scavenger hunt will also be included. Wildlife Weekend will culminate on October 17th, at which time the prize-winning entries for our Photography Contest will be announced.

For more information about Wildlife Weekend or the Photography Contest and Show, e-mail us at [email protected].

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