Kansas Wildlife photo contest

Emily Kobzar

The Kansas Wildlife and Parks magazine has been supporting young photographers of Kansas and now is giving the opportunity to people of all ages to show off the natural beauty of Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has begun its annual wildlife photo contest, which was started in 2013 by Marji Nadia, associate editor for Kansas Wildlife and Parks magazine. This year they are hosting the contest for all ages; previously it had only been open to youth.

“This year I decided to change that and allow all ages to enter the contest,” said Marji Nadia. Now youth and adults can submit photos for the contest hosted by Kansas Wildlife and Parks Magazine.

There are three categories in which the photos may fall: wildlife, outdoor wildlife and recreation. The photos are judged based upon creativity, composition, subject matter, lighting and the overall sharpness. A panel of six judges gives first, second and third place awards and an honorable mention for each category. The winners will be featured in the 2016 Kansas Wildlife and Parks January/February photo issue.

“No matter who you are, where you live or what your skill level is with a camera, there is something in Kansas outdoors waiting to be photographed by you,” Marji Nadia said. By opening up the contest they are allowing different perspectives to be brought to the table and seen by the people of Kansas.

Submissions will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Oct. 23. For more information, details on the contest and entry forms visit http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/.