Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge has extended its photo contest entry deadline until Oct. 6 to allow Leaf Peeper Weekend visitors an opportunity to include their work.
The contest, now in its third year, was conceived by Refuge Manager Jonathan Schafler. It was established to highlight photography opportunities on the Refuge and in the Canaan Valley area. Photography is a way for visitors of all abilities to enjoy opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation and education which enhances public appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of Refuge habitats, wildlife and cultural history.
Prizes are awarded in four theme categories: Native Wildlife, which includes everything from bears to honey bees; Native Plants and Wildflowers; Scenery of Canaan Valley and the surrounding area; and Artistic, in which the photographer can texturize, saturate and contrast to create a dramatically different picture. The four theme categories are further divided into entry categories. These are: adult for anyone age 18 and older, professional, and youth for anyone age 17 and younger. Entry fees of $5 per picture are charged for the adult and professional categories, but there is no fee for the youth category.
Photos will be blind-judged by a panel of two photographers and one wildlife expert. Cash and other prizes will be awarded at a reception at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15. After the reception, the photos will be displayed at the Visitor Center on Route 32 until New Year's Day.
For further information and entry forms, visit www.fws.gov/canaanvalley/ and click "Photo Contest" or call Marilyn at 304-866-3484.