6021 Development Drive, Suite 2, Charleston, IL 61920 info@colescountyswcd.org 217-345-3901 ext. 3

Annual Photo Contest

The Coles County SWCD sponsors an annual photo contest to recognize individuals whose pictures are worth more than words! It is open to all youth and amateur adult photographers residing in Coles County.

Are you a conservationist with a flair for photography? Or perhaps an amateur photographer with a passion for conservation? Send us your snaps! The Coles County SWCD is sponsors an annual conservation photo contest to recognize individuals whose pictures are worth more than words. The contest is open to all residents of Coles County who exhibit a creative spirit and who make less than 50% of their income via photography.

Photographs can be entered in the following categories:

Conservation Practices: Depictions of conservation practices at work on the landscape, such as contour farming, cover crops, field borders, grass waterways, tree plantings, and more (26 eligible practices).

Close-Up Conservation: An “up-close” look at topics of conservation concern, such as soil, water, animals, plants, and human-actions and tools of conservation.

Conservation in Action: Action shots of conservation being put “on the ground” such as surveyors, field days, agricultural fairs, technical staff at work, farmers, live-stock operators, and more.

Conservation Across America: A smorgasbord of Americana—Barns, crops, farm practices, fencerows, livestock, implements, crops, tree farms, grazing and pastures, etc.

Youth: Submissions from a photographer up to 18 years of age, which must fit into one of the above categories.

Photos are judged on technical merit and composition. On technical merit, photos will be judged on whether they are well-framed, properly exposed, and sharp/clear. On composition, the photos will be judged on imagination and creativity. One winner will be selected for each category and age division (adults are 19 and older as of December 1st of the current year).

In addition to being recognized at the local level, district winners will advance to the statewide Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation District Auxiliary Photo Contest. State winners advance to the National Association of Conservation Districts photo contest, where cash prizes are awarded.

Participants may enter up to 5 photos. Photos must be submitted in electronic format (JPEG or TIFF), along with completed entry and release forms. Complete rules and entry forms are available for download below or may be picked up at the office. Please call 217-345-3901 ext. 3 or email info@colescountyswcd.org for more information.

Entries must be received by April 30, 2020 to be considered for this year’s contest. Due to COVID-19, the application deadline for the 2020 photo contest has been extended to June 15, 2020.

Complete rules and entry forms are available at the office or for download:
2020 Local Rules
Official Entry Form
Photo Release Form