Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 14, 2011

Wildlife Photography Contest at Trailside: “Take Only Pictures and Leave Only Footprints”

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal are pleased to announce the 2011 Wildlife Photography Contest at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside. Amateur photographers, ages 6 through adult, are invited to enter their original photographs of wild animals in their natural habitat.

“Wild animals are challenging photographic subjects,” said Freeholder Daniel Sullivan, liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “The Wildlife Photography Contest is a great opportunity to put your skills to the test and attempt to capture animals in their natural habitat.”

Individuals may enter a maximum of two photographs but only images of wildlife species native to the United States are eligible for submission. Images of exotic wildlife, pets or domestic animals will not be considered. Entries must be un-matted, unframed 5” x 7” black and white or color prints. The deadline for entries is April 15. Prizes will be awarded in each of three age groups: 6-11, 12-17, and 18 and older.

All photographs will be displayed at the Trailside Visitor Center in Mountainside until May 20. Winners will be announced on Sunday, May 1, during Trailside’s “Wild Earth Fest.” Photographs will be judged by local professional photographers and prizes will be awarded in each age group based on originality, composition, technical excellence and artistic merit.

The winners of the 2010 Wildlife Photography Contest included Mike Augustinyak of Bayonne in the 18 and older category; Trevor Cohen of Scotch Plains in the 12-17 year-old category; and J.T. Bokoske of Kenilworth in the 6-11 year-old category.

To obtain a brochure with the complete list of rules and entry form for the Wildlife Photography Contest, call Trailside at 908-789-3670 or visit online at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Mike Augustinyak of Bayonne was awarded first place in the adult category for his photo, “Honey Bee on Flower,” in the 2010 Wildlife Photography Contest at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is looking for amateur photographers, ages 6 through adult, to take part in the 2011 Wildlife Photography Contest, which will be judged during Trailside’s “Wild Earth Fest” on Sunday, May 1. Professional photographers will judge the entries on originality, composition, technical excellence and artistic merit. Photographers may submit a maximum of two 5” x 7” black & white or color, un-mounted, unframed pictures of wildlife, no later than April 15. Only images of wildlife species native to the United States are eligible. Images of exotic wildlife, pets or domestic animals will not be considered. For an entry form and contest rules call Trailside at 908-789-3670 or go online to www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

 

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