Amateur photography contest planned by the Land Conservancy of McHenry County

Selected photos will be included in public show; cash prizes also available

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is looking for amateur photographers up for taking nature photography for its 2021 Amateur Photo Contest, which will task photographers with shooting one of the nonprofit’s conservation easements.

The contest will be held in conjunction with its annual Art of the Land fundraiser in November, according to a news release.

Photographers who enter will be assigned to take pictures of one of the Land Conservancy of McHenry County’s public or privately owned conservation easements or Conservation@Home properties throughout McHenry County, according to the release. They’ll have from now until early October to visit the site and photograph its plants, animals, insects or scenic views.

To be considered an amateur photographer, the entrant would need to earn less than $2,000 annually from photographic work. For full contest rules and application go to or contact Glenda Maki at

The cost to enter the contest is $10, according to the release.

Participants will have a chance to have their photos included in a public show and possibly win a cash award, according to the release. First-, second- and third-place awards will be given in the amounts of $100, $75 and $50, with honorable mentions receiving $25.

Images selected will be shown during the nonprofit’s 2021 Art of the Land art show and fundraiser. Photos will also be posted on TLC’s website and may be used in publications and on social media.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. Oct. 4.