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Photographers encouraged to submit photos for Lake Erie Center contest

The Lake Erie Center is looking for submissions for its eighth annual photo contest with the theme, “The Nature of Our Region, From Oak Openings to Maumee Bay.” The deadline to submit photos is Friday, Nov. 17.

Submissions are limited to three photos per person, and shots must be taken at either Maumee Bay, Lake Erie or the Maumee River watershed to qualify.

Quentin Francis-Emonds took the top prize in the teen category in 2016 with this shot of a chestnut-sided warbler at Magee Marsh.

“We feel it is important to mesh art and science when possible,” said Rachel Lohner, education program manager for the Lake Erie Center. “The Maumee River watershed is a complex and dynamic system that is the focus of most research at the center. This region provides numerous picturesque backdrops for amateur photographs to utilize in their photographs.”

In addition to the prizes being offered in multiple age categories, winners of the contest will gain access to a wide audience for their photos.

“We encourage photographers to enter our contest because we compile a visually appealing display that showcases their work on the walls of the Lake Erie Center. We use these photographs throughout the year on our website and in our marketing materials,” Lohner said. “Winners of our contest will be invited to attend an awards reception and be presented with their prizes in January.”

For online submissions, past winners and official contest rules, visit utoledo.edu/nsm/lec/webforms/2017_LEC_Photo_Contest.html.