Photo Contest! “I Love Our Maine Lands”
Help us “put the focus” on Tumbledown, Grafton Notch, Bigelow, Kennebec Highlands, and other Public Reserved Lands—they’re among Maine’s most treasured places!
Now through Monday, October 26, we invite you to explore and photograph your favorite Public Reserved Lands—and to enter your photos in our “I Love Our Maine Lands” photo contest.
Where Are These Lands?
- Find a list of Maine’s Public Reserved Lands here.
- Use our Explore Maine map (click on “Public Reserved Land” in the right-hand column) to help you get there.
Some will be familiar favorites, and some will be places you’ve never heard of but will want to discover for yourself!
Entering the Contest is Easy
- Visit one Maine’s 37 Public Reserved Lands (Tumbledown, anyone?)
- Take photos
- Send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or upload them from your smartphone using our “NRCM Environment” app
- Please make sure each photo is sent in full size—do not reduce size for emailing.
- All photos much be at least 2625 x 3383 pixels in size (and no less than 2188 x 2819 pixels in size).
- If you have existing photos that meet the requirements, you are welcome to enter those.
- Please be sure to include the name of the Public Reserved Land, a short quote/testimonial about why you chose to visit that particular place, and any other information you would like to share. There is no limit to the number of photos you may enter.
Winning photos will be selected within 30 days of the end of the contest, by a panel of NRCM staff members and guest judges. First prize is a $100 gift card from LL Bean! Prizes will also be awarded for second, and third place. Additional prizes include gifts from Down East Books, one of two nano puff hoodies from Patagonia, a one-year subscription to Down East magazine, and more. ALL photos submitted will be showcased in a slide show we will create on our website, with credit given to the photographer and including the testimonial. We may also display all or a selection thereof (depending on number received) in the public area here at NRCM, and possibly in a traveling exhibit in locations around the state.
Why Focus on Maine’s Public Reserved Lands?
Maine’s Public Reserved Lands are among our state’s most treasured lands—but many people don’t know it! They include much-loved places like Tumbledown, Grafton Notch, Kennebec Highlands, Bigelow Preserve, and many more. In fact, Maine has approximately 600,000 acres of Public Reserved Lands in more than 30 separate parcels located across the state. They are enjoyed for their beauty as well as for outstanding hiking, camping, birding, fishing, and hunting opportunities. NRCM is committed to protecting this legacy and these quintessential lands.
That includes helping people from across Maine (and beyond) understand how essential Maine’s Public Reserved Lands are to Maine’s natural heritage—and that these lands are accessible, free and open to the public, and include much-loved places! What better way to “put the focus” on these natural treasures than with a photo contest?
More questions? Need help? Please contact Beth Comeau, NRCM Public Affairs Coordinator, at email@example.com or (207) 430-0106.
* By submitting photos to this contest, for the purposes stated here, you thereby state that you are the photographer and hold all legal rights to the photo(s). You, not NRCM or any member of the staff, shall be responsible for any claims, legal or otherwise, made in regards to photos you submit as your own.
** In addition, we may feature any of the photos on our website, in our newsletter, videos, and other media. We may also, on occasion, provide the work to a third party, so long as it is in clear association with NRCM. We will always acknowledge you, and will do our best to notify you in advance. By submitting your photos, you agree to these terms. To learn more about Maine’s Public Reserved Lands and NRCM’s work to protect them, please visit www.nrcm.org/projects-hot-issues/woods-wildlife-and-wilderness/defending-maines-public-reserved-lands/.