Doug Leier: Observable Wildlife Photo Contest Offers Chance To Enjoy A Hobby That Is Always In Season


While some hunters engage in shooting activities such as sporting clays or honing their archery skills, there is an option to “shoot” outdoors in North Dakota with just about anything. , from an old flip phone or modern smartphone to a high-quality professional camera. Outdoor photography is always in season, and national statistics show observable wildlife and photography are enjoyed by millions of people.

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If you’ve ever stopped and watched a young fawn wobble on new legs, or gazed in astonishment at a hummingbird fluttering from flower to flower, or took a moment to appreciate the vast array of game or not the North Dakota, do you count yourself as part of the observable wildlife family.

As you spend time camping, fishing, hiking, and exploring the great outdoors of North Dakota, here’s a reminder that the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Observable Wildlife Photo Contest for 2021 is accepting. now the nominations. This is an annual photo contest that started 30 years ago as a promotion of the state tax levy on non-game wildlife.

The winning photos are posted on the ministry’s website and in the January issue of OUTSIDE North Dakota, the department’s monthly. The competition has categories for species other than game and game, as well as for plants / insects. A winning global photograph is chosen, along with a number of winners in each category.

Here are some other details:

● Photos must be taken in North Dakota.

● The deadline for submission is October 1, 2021.

● Submission format: Only digital files will be accepted. Files must be in png, jpg, jpeg or pdf format. Digital submissions can be original digital photographs or scans made from prints or slides / transparencies. Photographers should provide the original image if necessary for publication.

● Entry limits: no more than five entries in total per participant.

● Submissions: photos must be submitted online via the Game and Fish website at

Additionally, all entries must be accompanied by the photographer’s name, phone number and email address. Other information such as the location of the photo site and the month taken can be entered in the comment box provided.

By submitting an entry, photographers authorize Game and Fish to publish the winning photographs in OUTSIDE North Dakota and on the ministry’s website, as well as on the agency’s social media channels.

Game and Fish will notify winning photographers by December 1, 2021.

There is something to be said for the beauty of the Badlands, the rolling hills of the hillside and the shallows of the Red River Valley and the vast array of wildlife we ​​share our short summer with. Taking a few photos to enjoy and share the sights is a great addition to any outdoor exploration.

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Leier is an outreach biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Contact him at [email protected]

Doug leier

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