Forest Preserves of Cook County Offers Photo Contest, But You Need to Act Fast

Cap Sauers Holding Nature Preserve, August 2017-Andrew Morkes-IMG_0739Do you love spending time in the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC), at Brookfield Zoo, and at the Chicago Botanic Garden? Are you the next Ansel Adams? Do you want to earn some bragging rights and a bunch of free calendars? If so, you should enter the FPCC’s 7th Annual Photo Contest. All you have to do is submit your 5 favorite nature photos to fpdcc.info@cookcountyil.gov by September 15. Here are some details from the FDCC website:

  • “We’re looking for your very best photos of Forest Preserves landscapes, close-ups of plants, insects, birds and other wildlife, pictures that highlight the seasons and shots of people enjoying the outdoors or participating in our recreational offerings.
  • All photographs must have been taken in the Forest Preserves of Cook County (this includes Brookfield Zoo or Chicago Botanic Garden).
  • You must provide your photo in a digital format such as JPEG or TIF at a minimum resolution of 3600 x 2700 pixels at 300 dpi and a maximum file size of 24MB at time of submission.
  • Photos included in the calendar will be horizontal (vertical photos should be cropped before submitting).
  • All submissions must include a caption with the specific location within the Forest Preserves of Cook County where it was shot and the approximate date when the photo was taken (i.e. Carl Hansen Woods, Fall 2014; Poplar Creek Trail, March 2015).”

Scroll through your phone or computer for great memories from your nature outings to the FPCC, Brookfield Zoo, and the Chicago Botanic Garden. If you don’t have any contest-worthy photos, head out with your camera for a day of fun and adventure. The weather will continue to be warm in the Chicagoland area through September 15, so that’s just another reason to enjoy nature in Chicagoland. I hope to see your photos in the 2019 calendar.

Here are the some photos that I may enter in the contest.

Orland Grassland, September 2017-Andrew Morkes-IMG_07395_edited2
Orland Grasslands
Beginning of Great Eclipse at Cap Sauer's Holding, August 2018-Andrew Morkes-IMGP3810
Cap Sauer’s Holding, Beginning of the Great American Eclipse, August 21, 2017
Cap Sauer's Holding, August 2018-Andrew Morkes-IMG_0734
Cap Sauer’s Holding
Crabtree Nature Center, May 2016-Andrew Morkes-IMGP2011
Crabtree Nature Center
Black Partridge Woods, May 2018-Andrew Morkes-IMG_2097
Black Partridge Woods
Cap Sauers Holding Nature Preserve, August 2017-Andrew Morkes-IMG_0743
Cap Sauer’s Holding
Cap Sauers Holding Nature Preserve, September 2017-Andrew Morkes-IMG_0775
Cap Sauer’s Holding
Cap Sauers Holding Nature Preserve, August 2017-Andrew Morkes-IMG_0739
Cap Sauer’s Holding
Cap Sauer's Holding, August 2018-Andrew Morkes-IMG_0635
Cap Sauer’s Holding

Copyright (text/photos) Andrew Morkes

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