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Local wildlife photo contest announced

Staff Photo: Jay Jones. Kindergarden students from Pine Street Elementary School take their best shot Tuesday on Bank Street as part of a school assignment to study shadows and reflections. The children canvassed Olde Town Conyers in search of photo subjects for the project, according to paraprofessional June Peek. From left to right: David Valerio, 5, Bladyn Simmons, 6, Tyler Turner, 5, Jasim Morales, 6, and Brooke Cook, 6.

Staff Photo: Jay Jones. Kindergarden students from Pine Street Elementary School take their best shot Tuesday on Bank Street as part of a school assignment to study shadows and reflections. The children canvassed Olde Town Conyers in search of photo subjects for the project, according to paraprofessional June Peek. From left to right: David Valerio, 5, Bladyn Simmons, 6, Tyler Turner, 5, Jasim Morales, 6, and Brooke Cook, 6.

CONYERS -- Photographers, grab your cameras.

The Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival is hosting a "Backyard Wildlife Photo Contest."

This is the first year the festival will host a photo contest.

"We're asking for citizens to take pictures over the summer -- or even from the past -- of animals in their yard or community. We'll also accept flowers, insects -- anything from nature," said Rebecca Hill of the Georgia International Horse Park.

The top three photos will be displayed August 27-28 at the Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival. Visitors to the festival will vote on a winner by filling out cards and placing them in baskets in front of the finalists' pictures.

The finalist who receives the most votes will receive two tickets to the Georgia Aquarium. Voters will also be entered into a drawing to receive two tickets to the Georgia Aquarium.

"The festival is going into its fifth year and we wanted another way to get citizens involved," Hill said. "This is a way citizens can be involved during the summer."

Images should be submitted to rebecca.hill@conyersga.com, and must be in the JPEG format. Photo submissions must also include the photographer's name, address, phone number and email address, as well as the location of the photograph.

"We've already gotten some great submissions," Hill said.

More information about the contest and the festival can be found at www.bighaynescreekwildlifefestival.com, or by calling 770-860-4190. Deadline for submission of photos is Aug. 10.