Amateur Photography Contest
Our 2017 photo contest is now open to amateur photographers!
This is the 9th year TLC is a doing a photo contest, and this year we have decided to change our format. No one site will be assigned to any photographer. Instead, you may visit any or all sites from a selected list of preserves owned or managed by The Land Conservancy.
We also are judging in categories this year!
TLC has decided that 2017 will be the year of the oak, so we’ve created a few oak themed categories, as well as a category for Conservation@Home or Conservation Easement Owners. See below for descriptions on those. We hope these changes will offer our photographers a more robust experience, as you can explore many different sites and choose which one speaks to you. Be sure to sign up to get notifications on when we open new sites, and to get seasonal updates on which invasive species are around that should NOT be photographed.
The Land Conservancy of McHenry County (TLC) invites amateur photographers to participate in a unique photo contest meant to highlight the inspiring nature of TLC's land preservation work. The contest goal is to showcase photographs that reveal the beautiful and immense natural and cultural diversity found throughout McHenry County.
TLC has worked with over 100 landowners to preserve more than 2,100 acres across McHenry County. Protected properties range from 1 acre to 250 acres in size. Preserved lands include high quality wetland and woodland habitat, farmland, scenic vistas, historic farmsteads and similar valuable land resources. A list of approved properties TLC owns or manages will be provided to the photographer, and only pictures taken from these sites can be entered. Also available is a special Conservation at Home and Conservation Easement Category, in which people who own properties with these TLC designations make take photos from their own property and enter them in the separate category.
How to Enter:
Once you have read and agreed to the rules below, fill out and return the contest application (click here for application) and pay the contest registration fee of $15.
Only original photographs taken for this purpose are eligible. TLC's 2017 photography contest is open to all amateur photographers. Participants do not need to be residents of McHenry County. Those under 17 years of age must have permission from a parent in writing. Amateur is defined as earning less than a maximum of $2,000 annually from photographic work. All submitted photos must be free of claims and rights of third parties. TLC board members, employees and members of their immediate households may submit photos, but will not be eligible for the prizes.
This contest IS JUDGED in CATEGORIES! Photographers may submit a maximum of THREE (3) photos, drawing from any of these categories, and the judges will select one photograph to be judged for awards and displayed at the Art of the Land show.
2017 is the year of the oak, and we’ve selected a few oak themed categories for you.
LANDSCAPE: Overviews of a property with an oak tree in the viewing shed.
PLANT LIFE: Flowers, trees, and other plants in their natural habitat that live in the oak ecosystem (please avoid invasive species).
SMALL WORLD: Close-up images or macro shots of flowers or flower parts, leaves, bark, or acorn, etc.
WILDLIFE: Wild animals observed in the oak’s natural habitats- birds, mammals, frogs, insects, etc.
CONSERVATION AWARD: Any one of these categories, but for landowners who enter who have a TLC designated Conservation@Home Site or a Conservation Easement held by TLC may take photos on their own piece of protected land.
Prizes & Recognition:
A total of nine cash prizes will be given. 1st Place Overall- $100, Runner up Overall- $50, Winner of Each Category- $25, People’s Choice (Friday and Saturday awards)- $25
One photo from each participating photographer will be displayed at TLC's benefit show at the Starline Gallery in Harvard (September 2017). Winning photos and finalists, along with photographer's name and city, will be displayed on the TLC website, in the TLC newsletters (paper and email versions), and on TLC's Facebook Page.
TLC may also put together a photo catalogue showing each year's entries. The photographers must understand and agree that TLC has the right to display, use, reproduce and make other use of the photo(s) in its own publications or to make the photograph available for publicity purposes or any and all other non-profit purposes,including offering them for sale as part of a fundraiser, to promote TLC and its mission in perpetuity.
Images must be submitted as a digital AND a printed format. Print images must be 8x10 inches and unmounted.
Digital files must be in JPG format, a minimum of 2 megapixels or 1600x1200 dpi.
Digital filenames must be in this format: Site Name-Photographer's Last Name-First Name-2017-1,2, or 3
Print images must be labeled with the Site Name, Photographer's First and Last Names, and approximate date taken.
Please adhere a permanent label to the back of the print rather than writing directly on the print.
Elements cannot be deleted or added to the photograph but photos may be cropped and enhanced in a photo software program so long as the manipulation is not so extreme as to significantly distort the image or create a "computer art" image. If, in the opinion of the judges, software manipulation is extreme, the photo will be disqualified. Photos whose subject matter is a manmade object, e.g. windmill or building, will not be eligible for an award. Photos that include manmade objects but whose primary subject is the land, plants or wildlife,
Deadline for Entries—5:00 pm on August 18, 2017
Judging—Early September 2017
Winners Announced—After the People's Choice judging is completed at TLC's benefit in September 2017. All decisions made by the judges will be final.
Contest Registration Fees:
Contest registration is $15. This fee includes entry to TLC's benefit show in September 2017 for each participating photographer.
Entrants may pay the contest fees in one of these ways:
- Pay with a credit card by phone, 815-337-9502. Our hours are M-F 9am-4pm.
- Stop by TLC to pay in person using cash, check or credit card, 4622 Dean Street, Woodstock, IL.
- Mail a check or money order to The Land Conservancy, PO Box 352, Woodstock, IL 60098. Be sure to
include the name of the photographer.