Outdoor Alabama photo contest

Carol Eidson won First Place last year in Shoots and Roots with her "Trumpet Vine" photo.

Kim Nix of the Alabama Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources reminds us that Alabama is truly a beautiful and spectacular place! In keeping with that, shutterbugs be advised that the annual Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest is now open. From the mountains of North Alabama, through the Montgomery River Region, to the coast and everywhere in between, the opportunities to create an award-winning photograph are numerous. Outdoor Alabama would like to recognize the amazing images captured in Alabama.

The contest is accepting entries through October 31st, 2019. The contest is a joint project between the Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Alabama Tourism Dept., and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The contest is open to state residents and visitors alike, but qualifying photos must have been taken in Alabama. Now in its 15th year, the contest encourages people to experience nature, watch wildlife, visit public lands, and document it all through photos. A new category this year is "Find a Refuge," which is for photos taken on one of Alabama's 11 National Wildlife Refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alabama.

Those interested can find a complete list of refuges at www.fws.gov/refuges/refugeLocatorMaps/Alabama.html. The contest is open to adults and youth. A total of 10 photos per person may be entered in the following categories: Birds of a Feather, Bugs and Butterflies, Coastal Life, Cold-Bloodied Critters, Find a Refuge, Nature-Based Recreation, Shoots and Roots, State Park Adventures, Sweet Home Alabama, Watchable Wildlife, Waterfalls, and Young Photographers. These categories are fully explained, with additional information, at http://www.outdooralabama.com/photo-contest.

Entry is restricted to the online upload of digital images, which can be completed from a computer, tablet, or mobile phone. Again, the deadline for entries in October 31st, 2019. First, Second, Third, and one honorable mention will be awarded in each category. Winning images will be featured online and in an exhibit traveling to various venues across Alabama during 2020. This schedule can be found online at http://www.outdooralabama.com/photo-exhibit.

One other thing....If you plan to be in Michigan anytime soon or if you know someone there who loves to fish, Michigan anglers may find new places to fish by checking out the Dept. of Natural Resources' web application, Trout Trails. The interactive tool highlights lesser-known waters with biologist-verified trout that are considered outstanding fishing destinations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.