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DEC Launches New “Love Our New York Lands” Photo Contest


A new photo contest series has been launched by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Love Our New York Lands photo contest will feature five monthly themes through mid-October. Winning images will receive prizes, and be featured in statewide digital and print campaigns from the DEC to increase awareness of principles and guidelines to promote accessible, respectful, safe, and sustainable use of public lands.

“Every day, New Yorkers are outside enjoying DEC public lands and want to share their experiences by capturing beautiful images,” DEC Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar said. “Building upon the success of DEC’s annual fall foliage photo contest, DEC’s multimedia will feature winning photos that help represent the many ways visitors can access, feel welcome, and Love Our New York Lands to protect natural resources for future enjoyment and appreciation by all New Yorkers.”

June’s theme is Pride and will feature five winners chosen to represent each color of the rainbow and highlight the importance of sharing the state’s lands with members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Submissions need to be emailed to [email protected] by June 30 with the subject line “LONYL Photo Contest.” The photographer’s full name, the DEC land where the image was taken (if applicable), and any social media handles.

The DEC plans to announce the other month’s themes later in the summer.

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