Nature lovers invited to participate in Wings & Wildflowers Festival photo contest

Purple Gallinule cross the bridge at Venetian Gardens. Photo: Peg Urban
Purple Gallinule cross the bridge at
Venetian Gardens. Photo: Peg Urban

Lake County Tourism is inviting nature lovers with a photographic eye to enter the Wings & Wildflowers Festival inaugural photo contest. With Lake County’s growing reputation as Florida’s premier birding destination, the goal of the festival is to enhance awareness and appreciation of the area’s natural resources and quality of life.

The contest seeks to promote ecotourism in Lake County through beautiful nature photography to be displayed in print, online and digital media.

Leesburg Center for the Arts staff will judge the contest, with 13 total photos selected. The first place winner’s photo will be featured prominently on the cover of the 2017 Wings & Wildflowers Festival Calendar. The first place winner will receive a $250 cash prize, a complimentary ticket to the keynote dinner, and his/her winning photo will be featured on the cover of the 2017 Wings & Wildflowers Calendar. The next best 12 photos will be used inside the calendar, which will be sold at the 5th Annual Wings & Wildflowers Festival in 2016. Awards will be presented at the festival’s keynote dinner, Saturday, Oct. 15 at Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora.

To enter the contest, participants must be 18 years or older; photos must have been taken in Lake County, Florida; subject matter must be original and align with the Wings & Wildflowers Festival theme to include birds, wildflowers, bats, butterflies, dragonflies or pollinators and not human subjects. Participants are limited to three entries per person. All submissions are due by Aug. 1, 2016. For a complete list of contest rules, visit

Photos may be uploaded directly through the Wings & Wildflowers Festival website. For more information, call 352-742-3918.

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