Take your camera! DEC organizes not one, but two photo contests

Do you think you take good pictures? Put it to the test and win great prizes!

To kick off National Fall Foliage Week, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announces the start of its two fall foliage photo contests. It’s true! Not one, but two competitions to be contested this year.

1. DEC Instagram Contest

Until October 28, you can submit your favorite and creative fall foliage photos for the Instagram contest. Every Friday in October, three of DEC’s favorite submissions will be shared in a post.

You can find the DEC on Instagram by following the link here.

What do you win?

If your photo is included in one of the DEC messages, you win several prizes. You’ll get a free one-year subscription to Conservationist magazine, a copy of the NYS Wildlife Viewing Guide, a DEC reusable bag, and other fun items.

Gerald G Gantar

Gerald G Gantar

How to enter

It’s simple to grasp. All you have to do is send your photo via digital message (DM) OR email the photo to [email protected] Just use the subject line Insta Fall Foliage Contest.

You are asked to attach only one photo per email and include the location where the photo was taken. Remember, photos must be taken in New York State.

2. Conservation Magazine Cover Contest

Now it’s what you’ve been waiting for! Submit your submissions and they will automatically be entered for a chance to appear on the cover of DEC’s Conservation magazine.

You are invited to submit photos to [email protected] with the subject line Environmentalists Cover Contest. Only one photo per email, and they must be a minimum of 8.5″x10.75″ and 300 dpi to be considered.

Aerial view of fall foliage, Stowe, Vermont, USA


The DEC has several important reminders. Please do not include fine print in photos. When you submit the photo, you are not giving ownership of the photos in any way. They will only be used for Instagram or the 2023 magazine issue.

You will be tagged and credited for all photos. The DEC is just grateful to share your creativity.

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