Seney National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest

August 31st
Deer in cattails

Did you get some great photos while enjoying the refuge? Enter them in the Seney National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest! In September and October we will display all the entries in the auditorium and on the Seney National Wildlife Refuge's Facebook page, where visitors will vote for their favorites.  When on display for voting, the entries depict an incredible array of Refuge experiences. Details can be found in the Visitor Center or on our website. Photos must be postmarked by August 31st.

Cast your vote!

Contest Rules and Regulations

You’re invited to participate in Seney National Wildlife Refuge’s Photo Contest. The sole purpose of the contest is to encourage you to visit and enjoy the refuge. Up to five entries (total) per person may be submitted - no more than three per category with exception of the youth category. The Special Assignment category will change each year. Photos may depict any of the following categories:

  1. Wildlife (Mammals, Birds, Reptiles & Amphibians, Spiders, Insects, etc.)
  2. Public Use/Recreation 
  3. Landscape 
  4. Plants/Plant Like Organisms (Wildflowers, Lichens, Mushrooms, Liverworts, etc.)
  5. Special Assignment 2019: Fascinating Fungi; 2020: Nests
  6. Youth (18 and under)


  1. All entries must be photographs taken at Seney National Wildlife Refuge, the Whitefish Point Unit, Huron National Wildlife Refuge, Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge or the Kirtland's Warbler Wildlife Management Area.
  2. Up to five entries (total) per person may be submitted - no more than three per category with exception to the youth category.  Youth may enter up to five photos in the Youth Category.  A youth is considered anyone under the age of 18.
  3. All photographs should be submitted in a printed format 5” x 7”, 8” x 10” or 8” x 12” AND in an electronic copy (please send the highest resolution possible). Any photos not in accordance with size restrictions are subject to cropping.  Black and white or color photos are acceptable. If you are unable to submit an electronic copy of your photo Refuge staff will scan the photo for you.  Note that scanned photos are not always as high quality as photos submitted electronically.  Photos may not be matted nor should there be any frame or border surrounding the photo (digital or otherwise).  Photos may not display the name of the photographer on the front of the photograph.
  4. Mail or deliver the printed entries to:  Seney National Wildlife Refuge; c/o Photo Contest; 1674 Refuge Entrance Road; Seney, MI 49883 
  5. Electronic copies may be mailed with the printed copy or emailed to, the subject line should read “Photo Contest”.  Entries are accepted year round.
  6. On the back of each printed photo, please attach a signed permission form with your contact information - each photo needs a signed form.  Photos lacking the signed permission form will be disqualified.
  7. All entries must be post marked by August 31, or they will be entered in the following year’s contest. 
  8. Photos that have been altered to combine two or more photos will be disqualified.  Photos that use replication or other techniques to add details to a photo will be disqualified.
  9. Anyone whose photo has been disqualified will be notified before the voting begins.
  10. If a minor is pictured in a photo an “Agreement of Use of Likeness in Service Products” (USFWS form 3-2260) must accompany the entry forms, copies can also be found at the Visitor Center or mailed to requesting individuals.
  11. All entries will be retained by the Refuge and may be used for a variety of reasons including but not limited to publications, webpages and presentations. 
  12. While extreme care will be taken in handling all entries, the Refuge cannot be responsible for any damage to photographs. 

Online Voting:  Cast your vote for your favorite photos from September 10th to October 20th. Instructions explaining how to cast your online vote will be posted September 10th.


The photos will be displayed at the Visitor Center in September and October and on Seney’s Facebook page and on Seney Natural History Association's Flickr page. Credit will be given to each of the contestants once the voting has been completed. The public will vote for their favorites in each of the categories. You may cast your vote at the Visitor Center or online. Voting will begin by September 10th and end on October 20th. Certificates, ribbons and prizes (e.g. books or other gifts from the gift shop) will be awarded. 


For further information please call (906) 586-9851 ext.15.