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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.

In addition to the chance to win at the local level, local winners will be entered in the statewide Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation District Auxiliary Photo Contest. Winners at the state level will then be submitted to the National Association of Conservation Districts photo contest. Entries must be received by March 8, 2019 to be considered for this year’s contest.

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.

Complete rules and entry forms are available at the office or for download:
2019 Local Rules
Official Entry Form
Photo Release Form