TheMaryland Department of Natural Resourceshas announced the winners of the2018 Natural Resources Photo Contest, with the grand prize going to Kevin Moore of Perry Hall for his colorful autumn photo of a small blue heron. This year’s grand prize package includes $500, a 2019Maryland State Park and Trail Passport, a five-year subscription toMaryland Natural Resource magazineand five copies of the 2019 calendar with the winning image displayed on the cover.

“Thanks to all the photographers who took time to capture these stunning images,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “I congratulate the winning entries and encourage you all to get outdoors to enjoy our state’s natural splendor and treasures.”

2018 Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner, “Little Blue Heron Ready to Pounce” by Kevin Moore

More than 4,300 photos were submitted by more than 800 photographers in this year’s contest, shattering last year’s record of 1,500 photos. Photographers from over 16 states, including California, Florida, New York and Ohio entered the contest.

In addition to the overall grand prize winner, the judges selected first through third place winners in four seasonal categories – winter, spring, summer and fall. Still to be determined is the “Fan Favorite,” which will be chosen by popular opinion on the department’sFacebookpage. Followers are encouraged to “Like” and “Share” their pick between now and Sept. 30.

Here are thewinnersof the 2018 Maryland Natural Resources Photo Contest:

Grand Prize:Little Blue Heron Ready to Pounce by Kevin Moore

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The first place winners will receive a park passport, a two-yearmagazine subscriptionand five copies of the 2019 calendar. Second place winners will receive a one-year magazine subscription and five copies of the calendar. Third place and fan-favorite winners will receive a complimentary copy of the calendar. Every winner and the “Fan Favorite” will have their images published in the calendar.