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Tamarac photo contest deadline nearing

It’s that time of year for Tamarac Wildlife Refuge fans and friends to start sorting through their photos or to venture out to take those last images of the season.

Late summer is a great time to enjoy the refuge whether it be hiking, fishing, kayaking or wildlife watching. The wildflowers are beautiful, the young of spring are out exploring and the weather and insect activity is more favorable.

While out on your next visit take your camera. Photographing the refuge gives folks a wonderful opportunity to experience the solitude and beauty of a wild place.

Through your participation, Tamarac is able to increase its photo collection used to promote the refuge and its message of conservation. Contest photos have recently been included in refuge brochures, information kiosks and interpretive exhibits. This is the 12th year of the contest.

All entries submitted must have been taken on Tamarac Refuge with in the last two years. No more than two entries per category per person. This contest is open to amateurs only. All entries must be submitted by Sept. 13.

There are five categories in the contest:

  • Wildlife: Live birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects in their natural habitat.
  • Plant Life: Trees, shrubs, grasses, flowers, mushrooms and other flora in natural habitat.
  • Scenic: Landscapes and scenic vistas.
  • Nature’s Abstracts: Nature’s shapes, colors and patterns revealing the art in nature.
  • Recreation: People enjoying the recreational opportunities examples fishing, hunting, hiking, canoeing, wildlife observation, and photography.

All ages are encouraged to submit photos. The Tamarac photo contest supports a youth division for ages 12 and younger, and 13 to 17 years of age.

First place, second place, third place and honorable mentions will be awarded in each photo category and youth division. All photos will be displayed during Tamarac’s Annual Fall Festival on Oct. 5. Contest entries will also be displayed at the Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes from Oct. 14-20 during National Wildlife Refuge Week.

Visitors to the Fall Festival and the exhibit at the mall will cast their vote for their favorite photo. A People’s Choice Award will be given to the photo with the most votes. On Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m., winners will be announced and prizes, certificates, and ribbons will be awarded.

Photos may be mailed to or dropped off at the refuge office located at 35704 County Hwy 26, Rochert, MN 56578 or may be dropped off at the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce during business hours, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information and complete rules visit:

The photo contest is co-sponsored by the Friends of Tamarac, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the conservation and wise use of the natural and cultural resources of the refuge.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.   Becker County enjoys an impressive diversity of both plants and wildlife as a result of its location where the eastern deciduous forest meets the prairie.  Plan a visit to experience Tamarac, Hamden Slough, or one of the many Waterfowl Production Areas and enjoy your public lands.