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Yellow-crowned night herons
Gordon Paltza from Cape Coral won last year's contest with his portrait of two yellow-crowned night herons.
Credit: USFWS

“Ding” Days Photo Contest Clicks

Shutterbugs have until September 30, 2009, to enter the annual Amateur Nature Photography Contest at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island off the Gulf coast of Florida. The contest honors the memory of Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling, a Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist and leading American conservationist.

For an entry form and other contest information, visit and click on “Photo Contest” or call 239–472–1100, ext. 233. Winners will be announced and awarded prizes at Conservation through Art Day on Saturday, October 24, 2009, part of special “Ding” Darling Days.

Entries may be delivered in person to J.N. “Ding” Darling Refuge or by mail to “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, One Wildlife Dr., Sanibel, FL 33957. Entrants will be judged on technical excellence (sharpness, lighting, composition, exposure); originality; creativity; and interest.

For more information: or 239–472–1100.

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