The Sense of Wonder Photo Contest, held by the Friends of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, began Sept. 1.

People can submit up to three photos to the Friends website; a jury will select 12 winning images to include in a 2023 Rachel Carson calendar available beginning in November.

All photo submissions must be taken on Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge property located in Wells, Kittery, Biddeford, Saco or any other area specified as refuge land. Images that represent all seasons is sought, so photos taken in previous years are welcome.

This contest is open to all ages, according to a news release from the refuge, based in Wells.

The refuge was named for author, conservationist and Maine summer resident Rachel Carson, who among other book titles authored “The Sense of Wonder,” a book inspired by her years along the Maine coast and her days connecting with nature with her nephew, Roger.

Photos will be accepted from any camera, including smart phones. All styles of photography — including color, black and white, high dynamic range alterations and other artistic changes deemed necessary and interesting by the artist — are acceptable.


The photograph submitted must be original to the artist who is submitting it. No watermarks are accepted.

Photo specifications: Horizontal or landscape orientation only; high resolution (300 to 600 dpi) JPG between eight and 20 megapixels (minimum 2,550 x 3,300 pixels).

To submit up to three items until Monday, Oct. 31, visit Selections will be made for the calendar by Saturday, Nov. 5.



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