The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced the winners of its 12th annual photo contest.
Santosh Shanmuga of Gaithersburg, Maryland took top honors for his serene Female Red-Winged Blackbird taken at Swan Harbor Farm in Harford County.
“I’m so excited, and very grateful for this opportunity,” Shanmuga said. “I hope people look at these photos and take the time to get outside-it really is so amazing out there!”
As the grand prize winner, Shanmuga will receive $500, a 2016 Maryland State Park & Trail Passport, a lifetime subscription to the magazine and five copies of the 2016 calendar, all of which can be purchased on shopdnr.com.
First place category winners will each receive a 2016 park passport, a two-year magazine subscription and five copies of the calendar. Second place photographers will receive a one-year subscription and calendars. Honorable mentions will receive a complimentary calendar.
In total, approximately 200 people entered more than 1,100 photographs for consideration this year-a new record.
Photo contest judges selected one additional photo from each category. The winning images will appear in the winter edition of the agency’s seasonal magazine as well as its 2016 calendar.
In Addition, DNR Facebook followers are encouraged to “LIKE” their favorite by the end of September. The photo with the most likes will featured in the calendar.
source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources