American White Pelicans

American White Pelicans can be found at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

CAMBRIDGE — The Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge are hosting a digital photo contest through November 2021 to showcase Blackwater NWR and raise funds for Refuge projects.

Adult and youth participants are invited to submit photos taken between Jan. 1, 2019 and Nov. 30, 2021, in refuge areas open to the public, which includes the Wildlife Drive, land trails, paddling trails, the Visitor Center butterfly garden, and refuge property along Maple Dam Road. The submission deadline is Nov. 30.

Professional photographers Nikhil Bahl and David Harp — who was author/photographer for “The Great Marsh: An Intimate Journey Into a Chesapeake Wetland” — will judge digital submissions for the contest. Winners and honorable mentions will be announced in February 2022. First, second and third place winners will receive monetary awards and will be invited to exhibit framed prints of the winning submissions at the Blackwater NWR Visitor Center in time for the Eagle Festival in March 2022. Participants can visit the Friends’ website for contest details:

For more information about the 2021 Photo Contest, contact Janet Kerr,

The Friends of Blackwater is a nonprofit citizens’ support group, founded in 1987, that assists staff at Blackwater NWR in carrying out educational, interpretive, and public use missions.

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