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Cary Photo Contest: Staying Local in 2020

Share your favorite photos taken on Cary's grounds, and enter to win a gift certificate to a business in our local community.

Do you have a knack for photography and capturing nature on camera? Have you been visiting the Cary campus while socially isolating? For this year’s Photo Contest, we’re on the hunt for beautiful, original photos taken this spring and summer by visitors to our trails and grounds.

From June 1-August 15, submit your best photos of the Cary campus and help us celebrate the beauty and importance of publicly accessible open spaces.


Cary Grand Prize: $100 gift certificate to Reardon Briggs Hardware

Cary Junior Award (18 yrs and under): $50 gift certificate to Merritt Bookstore

People’s Choice Award (via social media): $100 gift certificate to Babette’s Kitchen


To be eligible to win, a photograph must have been shot on Cary’s trails or grounds by the entrant since April 1, 2020. Individuals of all ages may enter the contest. The deadline for submission is August 15,  2020 at 8pm EDT.  By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest.

Remember to practice responsible recreation when taking your photos and follow our guidelines on social distancing and safety while on our campus.

The following subjects are of special interest to Cary Institute:

  • Birds and wildlife
  • Plants and fungi 
  • Butterflies, moths, and other insects 
  • Trails and landscapes

How to enter

Please submit photographs and requested information by using the submission form. You may submit up to 10 photographs. Photographs must be submitted as RGB .jpg/.jpeg, at least 2,000 pixels wide and no larger than 10 MB. 

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