2017 Photo Contest Winner - First Place "Sagawau Canyon" at Sagawau Canyon Nature Preserve by Bud Dyke

Photo Contest

Enter Friends’ 10th Annual Photo Contest!
Attention photographers! Showcase your work while helping to communicate the beauty and value of the forest preserves in Cook County by entering Friends’ tenth annual photo contest. Professionals and amateurs alike are encouraged to submit images that feature landscapes, plants, wildlife, recreation, or education. Please send entries from a range of seasons, settings, and subjects. We are especially interested in shots of people and animals. Please take a look at previous years’ winners to avoid duplication. And there are monetary prizes for the 12 winners!


  1. Photos must be taken in a forest preserve in Cook County.
  2. Invasive species must not be prominent in the photo.
  3. Each photographer may enter a maximum of five photographs.
  4. All submissions must list the location where the photo was taken, descriptors such as the species photographed, and a title.
  5. If chosen as a winner, photographers consent to allowing Friends to use their photos on our website, in publications, and other materials. Friends will not share photos with other entities unless permission is granted in advance by the photographer.
  6. Submit entries via email to: ilana@fotfp.org.
  7. Photo Contest submissions are due by September 30, 2018.


First place receives $350.

Second Place, Third Place, Best Fauna, Best Flora, and Best People in the Preserves receive $100 each.

Six runners-up receive $25 each.

Here are the 2017 Photo Contest Winners!

2017 Photo Contest Winner - Second Place "Island of Mist and Fog" at Busse Woods by Michelle Puszka
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