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Deadline To Enter Wildlife Photo Contest Is July 8

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is inviting people to share their images of the state’s wonderful wildlife by taking part in the annual wildlife photo contest. Entries must be received by Friday, July 8, at 5 p.m. MST. Postmarks don’t count.

Winning entries will be published in the 2012 calendar issue of Arizona Wildlife Views magazine, Arizona’s award-winning magazine about wildlife and outdoor recreation.

Cash prizes will be awarded for “best in show” and 12 first-place winners (one for each month of the year). Prize money is funded through publications sales. As always, the contest is free to enter. It’s also easy: Only digital photos are being accepted. Contest rules and an entry form are posted at www.azgfd.gov/photocontest.

Photographing wildlife is a good test of skill, and Arizona abounds with opportunities to practice. Bobcats trotting through the underbrush, stately great blue herons striking fish, or ingeniously camouflaged lizards hidden in plain sight can challenge any photographer. Being ready to capture opportunity when it comes is the key. By staying alert for that special wildlife encounter, anybody might capture an image worthy of the top prize.

Knowing where to find wildlife also is important. Along with their gear, many of the state’s top wildlife photographers keep a copy of the “Arizona Wildlife Viewing Guide” in their camera bags. The viewing guide gives detailed directions to 128 of the state’s best wildlife-viewing areas and information about the wildlife found at each one. The book is sold at all Game and Fish Department offices for $14.95.

All contest information is posted at www.azgfd.gov/photocontest.