Unique Creatures

Space Week

Wildlife Photography Contest

Winners Announced at Wild Earth Fest Sunday, April 30, 2023 – 11 AM – 5 PM

Grab Your Camera & Get Outside

Photography is a fun hobby and wildlife makes a challenging    subject.  Learn more about nature by observing animals in their natural habitat while you strive to compose the perfect           photograph. Photographs will be judged in the following age groups: 

  •   Ages 10 – 13
  •   Ages 14 – 17
  • Ages 18 and older

Photographs will be judged by local area professional photographers.  The judging will be based on originality, composition, technical excellence and artistic merit.  The winning photographs will be made into a calendar for 2024.


  • The contest is open to amateur photographers only. Anyone earning income from photography is not eligible.
  • Only images of wildlife species native to the United States will be judged.  Images of exotic wildlife, pets or domestic animals will not be judged.
  • Zoo, game, farm and otherwise controlled animals must be  described  as  “captive”  in the entry from.
  • Digital manipulation of images is prohibited.     
  • Entries must be unmounted prints measuring 5” X 7”. 
  • Individuals may enter a maximum of two images.  Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form. 
  • Entries must be received at Trailside or postmarked by Tuesday,  April 18, 2023. 
  • By entering this contest, participants hold harmless Trailside Nature & Science Center, the County of Union and their respective employees, agents and representatives from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from participation in this contest.  
  • All entries should be picked up by May 12, 2023. 

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Wild Earth Fest

Sunday, April 30, 2023

Due to expected rain, the Wild Earth Fest for this Sunday will be held indoors at the Trailside Nature and Science Center.

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