The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the winners of the 2019 Natural Resources Photo Contest, with the grand prize going to David Illig of Gambrills for his stunning close-up shot of an eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly.
This year’s grand prize package includes $500, a Maryland State Parks Passport, a five-year subscription to Maryland Natural Resource magazine, and five copies of the 2020 calendar with the winning image displayed on the cover.
About 2,500 photos were submitted by more than 500 photographers in this year’s contest. In addition to the overall grand prize winner, the judges selected first through third place winners in four seasonal categories—winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Still to be determined is the “Fan Favorite,” which will be chosen by popular opinion on the department’s Facebook page. Followers are encouraged to “Like” and “Share” their pick when the photos are posted this weekend, with votes taken through September 30.
Grand Prize: Papilio glaucus, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Head by David Illig
First place: Splash Landing by Heather Rees of Rising Sun
Second place: Waiting for Spring by Kevin Moore
Third place: Darlene by Carol Ward of Salisbury
First place: Gone to Seed by Andrew Gosden of Catonsville
Second place: Female Red-Winged Blackbird by Larry Helms of Germantown
Third place: A Scurrying Skunk by Sharon Sexton of Frederick
First place: Papilio glaucus, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Head by David Illig of Gambrills
Second place: Diamondback Terrapin Hatchling Race to the Bay by James Rode of Dundalk
Third place: Patuxent Hike by Jessica Human of Hanover, PA
First place: Timber Rattlesnake by Stephen Hayes of Baltimore
Second place: Bold Jumper by Alex Andes-Gascon of Bethesda
Third place: Like Lichens by Matthew Westbrook of Elkridge
The first place winners will receive a park passport, a two-year magazine subscription, and five copies of the 2019 calendar. Second place winners will receive a one-year magazine subscription and five copies of the calendar. Third place and fan-favorite winners will receive a complimentary copy of the calendar. Every winner and the “Fan Favorite” will have their images published in the calendar.