Cool Photograph Contest

Cool Photograph Contest

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Calling all North Country nature photographers! Nature Up North is once again hosting our annual calendar contest for nature photos that will be featured in our 2018 wall calendar. 

At Nature Up North we hope to inspire exploration and appreciation of the North Country environment. One way we do this is through the Encounters feature on our website. Encounters are a way for you to share photos and narratives from your outdoor adventures with the community.  These posts can be wildlife sightings, landscapes, sunsets, waterfalls, game camera pics, or photos from any outdoor adventure - hiking, fishing, canoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, biking, gardening, hunting, birding - you name it!

The grand prize winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to ACE Hardware (redeemable at multiple North Country ACE True Value locations), and their winning entry photograph will be featured on the cover of the 2018 calendar. Second place will receive a $25 gift certificate to the TAUNY North Country Folkstore in downtown Canton.  All entrants whose photos are selected for the calendar will receive two free calendars from Nature Up North.

Contest Rules and Guidelines:

• Photos will only be considered if they are submitted as Encounters on  To submit a photo, first visit and create a free user account.  Then, after logging in with your account, select “Share an Encounter” from the menu options on the homepage.  Pinpoint the location of the photo, upload your image(s), and describe what you saw.

• Photos must be taken in Northern New York (St. Lawrence, Franklin, Jefferson, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Lewis, or Herkimer counties)

• The contest deadline is Friday, August 11th, 2017. All Encounter photos submitted in the 2017 calendar year will also be considered in the contest.  

• We are looking for photos from all seasons. Photos from previous years are accepted, but they still must be submitted by the contest deadline.

Nature Up North calendars will go on sale at local businesses in early Fall. If you have any questions about the contest, please contact Emlyn Crocker, Project Manager, at  We can’t wait to see your North Country nature photos!

About Nature Up North:

Nature Up North is an environmental education initiative based at St. Lawrence University that works to encourage Northern New York residents to explore and learn about the forests, rivers, farms, lakes, wetlands, and wildlife that make our home unique. Find out how to get involved at 

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