WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- The Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is hosting its annual Wildlife and Wild Places Photography Contest. The Refuge is seeking nature photos of Southern Illinois. All photos must be taken south of I-64 and be in one of the following categories: Landscape /Scenic; Wildlife; Flowers/Plants/Trees/Fungi; Pollinators/Insects/Spiders; Youth (17 and under); or Photos taken on Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.
Photos should be submitted at the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center by Sunday, Sept. 29. The Visitors Center is located on Illinois 148, south of Illinois 13 and is open 8--4:30 daily. Cash and gift certificates are given for Best of Show and 1st, 2nd, 3rd for each category.
Each photographer may submit up to five entries. There is a $5 charge for each entry for adults. Youth (up to age 17) may be submit up to five photos for $1 each. Contest rules and entry forms are available at the NWR Visitors Center and at the Friends of Crab Orchard website, www.friendsofconwr.com.
For more information, call 618-998-5933. Friends of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is sponsoring the Wildlife & Wild Places Photography Contest.