Lee County Parks & Recreation has launched its fifth annual Calusa Blueway Photo Contest for boaters, kayakers and nature enthusiasts. Entries can be submitted from now until October, with prizes awarded at the annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival in November.
Categories include: people on the trail - people enjoying the waterways, trails and outdoors; wildlife on the Blueway trail - flora, fauna and landscapes; and signs along the blueway trail - Calusa Blueway markers and others that water-lovers encounter.
Prizes for top category winners will come from sponsors Fort Myers-based Harmon Photographers, as well as ABC Framing, a Lehigh Acres- based mobile-framing business.
First-place winners will receive an enlarged, matted and framed version of their photos. Winning entries also may be published in magazines, newspapers and online products.
New this year, the photo contest reception will be combined with the Thursday evening kickoff event at the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival. Winners and runners-up will be recognized during the reception at the festival's signature lodging site, Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Myers-Sanibel.
Fifth annual Calusa Blueway Photo Contest
Deadline for submittions Oct. 5
Lee County waterway
Lee County Parks and Recreation
The festival itself will have evening events at the Residence Inn, with daytime activities on the Sanibel Causeway with activities throughout Lee County.
There is no entry fee. Submissions must be taken along a Lee County waterway and include the photographer's name, address, phone number, e-mail address, title and location. One entry is permitted per photographer per category; amateur photographers only.
A model release form is available and necessary if a person in a submitted photo is identifiable. Visit: www.calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com, click on "activities" and then "photo contest" to upload pictures and complete an entry form.
Deadline is Oct. 5.
Winners will be selected by a panel of judges, including Cape Coral-based award-winning journalist Rod Clarke; Josh Manring, a noted Naples-based world traveler with five published photographic books; and Fort Myers native Mark Renz, an avid expedition explorer, photographer and author.
The Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail is 190 miles long and is marked by easily identifiable trail signs. The trail also is mapped out with Global Positioning System coordinates. Order free maps online at: www.calusablueway.com.
The Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival has been selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events for 2012. Dates are Nov. 1-4.