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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announces the 2010 OutdoorIllinois photo contest—the 11th annual competition. All winning images will be published in the February 2011 issue of OutdoorIllinois–the sixth annual photographic issue. The photo contest is open to all Illinois residents, and entries are due by 5:00 p.m. August 6, 2010. Among the items the “Best of Show” winner will receive are a weekday, one-night lodging and breakfast for two package for Rend Lake Resort and Lodge and two tickets to the 2011 Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame banquet, where the recipient will be honored and the winning photograph displayed. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive three-year, two-year and one-year subscriptions, respectively, to OutdoorIllinois and the opportunity to have their winning photos published in the February 2011 issue. Contest guidelines are listed below and are also available at www.dnr.state.il.us/photos. Questions may be directed to 217-785-0975 or dnr.editor@illinois.gov.

Contest Guidelines

Categories are: mammals, birds, insects, reptiles/amphibians, fishes (including underwater images), scenic/landscape, flora (plants, mushrooms), natural resource recreational activities and young shutterbugs (same categories but taken by persons 12 years of age or younger).

Photographs must be taken in Illinois.

--Photos of captive and domestic species will not be considered.

--Entries are limited to color or black-and-white slides, prints and digital images. Print images must be unmounted and at least 5 x 7 inches but not more than 8 x 10 inches. Slides (35mm) and medium or large transparencies should be mounted. Digital images (minimum of 2 megapixels or 1600 x 1200 dpi) must be submitted as a print.

--Each entry must be labeled with the photographer’s name, address, daytime phone number and e-mail address (if applicable), category and when and where the photograph was taken. Adhering a label to the back of the print, vs. writing directly on the back of it, is preferred as ink often smears.

--A note must accompany entries specifying the total number of slides, prints and/or digital images entered.

--Photographers of winning entries must be willing to provide the original slide, negative or electronic file for publication purposes if necessary.

--Entries received after 5 p.m. August 6, 2010, will be disqualified and not returned.

--A panel of photo experts will review entries. Winners will be notified after the judging is completed.

--The 2009 OutdoorIllinois photo contest best-of-show winner and IDNR employees and members of their immediate household may not compete.

--Entries will not be returned. IDNR may contact any photographer regarding gratis use of images in printed materials promoting Illinois' natural resources.

--All submitted photos must be free of claims and rights of third parties.

--Send entries to: Photo Contest - OutdoorIllinois, IDNR, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271.

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