Fan Favorite Winner to be Chosen on Facebook

News Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the winners of the 2019Natural Resources Photo Contest, with the grand prize going to David Illig of Gambrills for his stunning close-up shot of an eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly.

This year’s grand prize package includes $500, aMaryland State Parks Passport, a five-year subscription toMaryland Natural Resource magazine, and five copies of the 2020 calendar with the winning image displayed on the cover.

About 2,500 photos were submitted by more than 500 photographers in this year’s 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’s Facebook page. Followers are encouraged to “Like” and “Share” their pick when the photos are posted this weekend, with votes taken through September 30.

Here are thewinners of the 16th annual Maryland Natural Resources Photo Contest:





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