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Public urged to enter Backyard Wildlife Photo Contest

The winning photo in the 2012 Backyard Wildlife Photo Contest was this beautiful Bluebird enjoying a quick, refreshing bath. It was taken by Gary Bengsch of Lawrenceville.

The winning photo in the 2012 Backyard Wildlife Photo Contest was this beautiful Bluebird enjoying a quick, refreshing bath. It was taken by Gary Bengsch of Lawrenceville.

CONYERS -- Organizers of the Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival are urging citizens to get their cameras out and begin snapping photos of their favorite forest critter for their Backyard Wildlife Photo Contest.

They are looking for pictures of deer, hummingbirds, squirrels and other pictures of wildlife, either those taken this summer or those taken in times gone by. Trail camera photos are also accepted.

Contestants can enter up to three photos before the Aug. 10 deadline. Photos should JPEG files and be submitted with photographer's name, address, phone number, email address and location picture was taken. Entries can be emailed to rebecca.hill@conyersga.com and contest entry should be clearly labeled in the subject line as Backyard Wildlife Photo Contest.

The top three photos submitted will be on display during the Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival on Aug. 24-35 at the Georgia International Horse Park, where guests will vote for their favorite picture. The photographer with the most votes will receive tickets to the Georgia Aquarium.

For more photo contest information, visit the festival's website at www.bighaynescreekwildlifefestival.com or call 770-860-4190.

This year's Wildlife Festival will mark the seventh year for event which provides unique activities for the entire family. Featured will be wildlife exhibits, reptile show, birds of prey, storytelling, living history, arts, crafts and much more.

"Fur, Feathers and Friends" is the theme for this year's festival with highlights to include animal exhibits and Indian encampments.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet Quasi, a vulture affectionately named after Victor Hugo's "Hunchback of Notre Dame." Rides on Rufus fun-loving the camel who enjoys meeting people will be offered throughout the day. In the Living History section will be Sawgrass demonstrating how Indians have been friends of the outdoors for many years and how they have lived off the land, while preserving the natural world around them for future generations. Other highlights include children's art activities, a Frisbee dog show and live entertainment.

Admission to the festival is $5 per person with children 4 and under admitted free. Free parking is available directly across from the festival entrance.

For event information or directions to the Georgia International Horse Park, located just off Interstate 20, call the Conyers Welcome Center at 770-602-2606 or 1-800-CONYERS. Visit the Big Hayes Creek Wildlife Festival web page at www.bighaynescreekwildlifefestival.com for more festival information.