Photo contest under way for 2014 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar

Calendar to be featured as part of the December 2013 issue of the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

MADISON – People have until the end of August to enter their favorite photographs from a Wisconsin state park, forest trail or recreation areas in a contest to be included in the 2014 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar.

New for 2014, in addition to being available for purchase, the calendar will be distributed to more than Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine in the December issue. 82,000 subscribers of

This is the fifth year the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks has sponsored the photography competition.

“There are lots of activities happening at Wisconsin state parks during the four seasons,” said Patty Loosen, state friends group liaison with the Department of Natural Resources. “So we’re asking for entries that include in addition to the beautiful scenery, activities like geocaching, art in the park, stargazing, candlelight skis, kayaking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.”

The deadline for all submissions is Friday, August 30, 2013.

Submissions are only accepted from amateur photographers ages 14 and over. Professional photographers who earn more than half of their income taking pictures are not eligible. Employees of the DNR and board members of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Friends of Photographs must have been shot within the past three years (since Jan. 1, 2011) and no more than four photos may be entered.

A panel of Friends of Wisconsin State Parks board members and staff will review accepted entries and select the winning photos. Photo awards will be presented at the organizations’ Annual Awards banquet in October, 2013.

More information and details on entering and contest rules are available on the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website (exit DNR) by clicking on the tab for “photo contest.”