Photo Contest

How to Enter
First, you must be a current PA Master Naturalist volunteer or trainee to submit an entry.  For more information, read the offical contest rules.  There is only one entry per category per individual. The contest committee reserves the right to place the entry into another category if deemed appropriate. A new entry form should be filled out for each photo. To enter, complete the online entry form below with the required information and attach your digital photograph. Submission deadline is October 16, 2020.

Location of Images
Photos must be taken within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Photographs from service sites, field trips, and ongoing PAMN projects are strongly encouraged.

1. Flora (plants)/Fauna(wildlife) – focusing on plants, flowers, wild animal life, including mammals, insects, aquatic life, birds, reptiles, etc. rather than landscapes.
2. Landscapes – Scenes of natural landscapes, wildscapes, skyscapes, (sunsets, clouds, etc.) or underwater may be submitted to this category. Close-up plant and animal photos or photos in which a plant or animal is the focal point of the composition should be submitted to the Flora & Fauna category.
3. Master Naturalists at work or play – Show us your favorite projects, field experiences, or naturalist activities! These photos should be of Master Naturalist service projects with you or Master Naturalists in the photos or volunteers working on the project with Master Naturalists. Photos of Master Naturalist led educational programs or hikes may be submitted. Please do not submit photos that show the faces of non-Master Naturalists unless you have obtained official written permission to be photographed or to use the photo. Please also obtain permission from other Master Naturalists or project volunteers or participants. PAMN can provide a form if requested. 


First Place, Second Place, and Third Place prizes will be awarded in each of the three (3) categories, for a total of nine (9) winners. For each category, prizes will include:

  • 1st Prize – Cash prize of $150
  • 2nd Prize – Patagonia Backpack and PAMN Water Bottle (Valued at $100)
  • 3rd Prize – PAMN Fleece Vest (Valued at $50)

For more information, click on the link below.

Rules of Entry

1. To participate, complete an entry form with your name, email, address, and phone number, upload your image, and submit it online.

2. The contest will be conducted September 5th through October 15, 2019. Deadline for entries is October 15th at 11:59 pm. Winners will be announced at the PA Master Naturalist Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh.

3. You must be a PA Master Naturalist volunteer or trainee to enter and win. No purchase necessary.