Photo by Stephanie Somers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting entries for its 15th annual photo contest until Aug. 31. Photographers of all skill levels can enter online or by mail for a chance to win cash and other great prizes.

This year is shaping up to be a banner year for submissions, with more than 300 photographers already entering their original work.

Contest categories include birds, flora, insects, outdoor recreation, nature in action, scenic landscapes and wildlife. First, second and third place winners for each season, as well as one grand prize winner, will be selected by a panel of judges. An additional “Fan Favorite” winner is selected by popular vote on Facebook.

Winning entries will be posted online and featured in the Maryland Natural Resource seasonal magazine and in the 2019 wall calendar.

Visitors to the department’s website can learn more about how to enter the contest, and view past entries and winners.