LIMA — This may not be the most beautiful time of year to look out the window, but area photographers will bring out the beauty in nature at the 37th annual Nature Photography Contest. The open house for that event will be Sunday.
“This is a good time of year to host this contest because it’s right after the fall colors have been at their peak, so we get a lot of great shots. Also, we’ve noticed over the years that the quality of these photos has really improved as cameras have gotten better,” said Mark Mohr, naturalist for the Johnny Appleseed Park District, which presents the annual show.
This year, participants could submit six photographs, two per category as either landscape, specific nature subject, or parks potpourri. Judging is separate for youth and adults.
The winning photographers will divide a $500 pot supplied by contest sponsor Alloway Environmental Testing Services. Also, the photos are used by the park district to promote happenings there.
“This is always a popular show. We get anywhere from 60 to 150 entries, which people always enjoy seeing. And the best things is, the photos give us some really good pictures with which to promote our parks,” Mohr said.