Mass Audubon Wants To See Your “Great Outdoors” Photo

A Yellow Rumped Warbler sits on a branch as birdwatchers scan the coast during the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas bird count in Grand Isle, La., Saturday, Dec. 22, 2010. 60,000 bird watchers fanned out across the Western Hemisphere during the winter holidays to count birds in their regions and submit checklists for the Audubon Society's 110-year-old tally of birds at Christmas. (AP Photo/Sean Gardner)

(AP Photo/Sean Gardner)

WELLFLEET – Mass Audubon’s annual “Picture This: Your Great Outdoors” photo contest is now underway, with hundreds of participants expected to submit images of the Bay State’s natural beauty and wildlife diversity before the competition ends September 30.

Each year, “Picture This: Your Great Outdoors” attracts shutterbugs of all abilities, ages and backgrounds, who are encouraged to fan out across the state to take their best shots of birds and other animals, friends and family members enjoying the outdoors, and more.

For the 2016 contest, photographers will be able to submit up to 10 entries, double the number allowed previously.

Categories include People in Nature, Birds, Mammals, and Other Animals, as well as a single category for Landscapes, Plants, and Fungi.

The age groupings are 18-and-Over and Under-18.

All submissions, regardless of original format, must be submitted online, where complete rules can also be found.

A grand prize winner will be awarded a $250 gift card, to be redeemed at a Mass Audubon shop or wildlife sanctuary.

The grand prize photograph will also be featured in Mass Audubon’s member newsletter.

Nine winners will get $100 gift cards to redeem at a Mass Audubon shop or sanctuary.

At least six honorable mentions will win $50 gift cards to redeem at a shop or sanctuary, and additional honorable mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the judges.

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