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Wildlife Photography Contest Returns to Union County

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce that the annual Wildlife Photography Contest is returning to the Trailside Nature and Science Center. Amateur photographers in Union County age 10 and up are invited to enter their original photographs of wild animals in their natural habitats including birds, fish, amphibians and insects as well as mammals.

trail side's wildlife photography contest flyer

“Preserving and protecting our natural environment is a priority for the Commissioner Board, and the photography contest provides an opportunity for photographers in our community to share messages about the beauty and variety of life in our public parks, and beyond,” said Union County Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados.

To learn how to submit a photograph to the Wildlife Photography Contest, call Trailside at 908-789-3670 or visit

Entries must be received or postmarked no later than April 18, 2023.

The Wildlife Photography Contest is open to non-professional photographers only. Photographs can be in color or black-and-white, and can depict wildlife in any natural habitat, including those located outside of Union County.

Each submission must be submitted without a frame or matting, in print size 5’ x 7.” A panel of local, professional photographers will judge the photographs in groups of ages 10-13, 14-17, and 18 or older.

The judging will be based on originality, composition, technical excellence and artistic merit.

The winning entries will be announced at the annual Wild Earth Fest event at Trailside on April 30, 2023. Wild Earth Fest is an outdoor family event featuring live animals, children’s activities, nature education, food, music and more.

The Trailside Nature and Science Center located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of County Commissioners under the Department of Parks and Recreation.

For more details about the Wildlife Photography Contest and other upcoming programs at Trailside, visit or call 908-789-3670. Information on all Parks and Recreation programs is available at

Aside from special programming, Trailside welcomes visitors free of charge every day except Mondays and major holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities, visit the Green Connection,

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing and other support services, visit General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at

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