Greater Arkansas River Nature Association is holding its sixth annual photo contest for nature photos taken in the Upper Arkansas River Valley. This is an opportunity for local photographers to share their creative work and support GARNA. Photos must be from within the Upper Arkansas Valley watershed, Leadville to Canon City. The categories this year include: Flora/Fauna (in your backyard or in nature), Development and Nature (capturing where nature and humans collide), Water (in all shapes and forms), Landscape (a sense of place) and Winter/Holiday (beauty from the dimmest months). This year also features youth specific entry options for each category.

GARNA plans to produce and sell photographic-quality folded note cards, prints and other products to publicize and raise funds for its education and conservation work. Contest participants will receive special pricing and opportunities. This year submissions will be judged by the public as well as by an expert panel of professional photographers. Contest entrants can enter as many photos as they like. The submission deadline is June 21, but photographers who submit early will have more opportunity to garner votes for the People’s Choice Award. Information and instructions on how to submit photos are at For questions, please contact GARNA at 719-539-5106 or

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