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posted: 10/2/2013 12:58 PM

Vote for favorite photos in Forest Preserve of Cook County contest

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Submitted by Forest Preserves of Cook County

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is holding its second annual public photo contest. The winning photographs will be featured in the 2014 Forest Preserves of Cook County Wall Calendar and in an exhibition in the Cook County building in downtown Chicago and suburban courthouses.

Nearly 300 photos featuring forest preserve landscapes, flora, fauna, and recreational activities were entered into the contest by local photographers.

The public will have the opportunity to vote on the top submissions through the forest preserves' Facebook page through Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Photos from the contest will be featured on the calendar's cover and for 11 months; the remaining month will feature the winning shot from a Forest Preserves of Cook County staff contest.

In addition to being featured in the forest preserves' 2014 calendar and exhibition, the top vote-getters will also receive a "Get Out and Enjoy the Forest Preserves" prize package, including free passes to the Brookfield Zoo, a picnic permit fee waiver, passes to the forest preserve aquatics center of their choice, and a naturalist-led guided tour of the preserve of their choice.

Everyone who votes in the contest will also be entered into a drawing to receive the prize package.

For information on the photo contest, including the official rules, visit

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is the oldest and largest forest preserve system in the nation, maintaining more than 68,000 acres of open land for the education, pleasure and recreation of the public. The forest preserves strives to protect and restore the county's diverse ecosystems, so all our unique native plants and animals can live and thrive. Each year, millions of people use these lands and facilities to enjoy or study nature, bicycle, hike, fish, cross-country ski, picnic, golf, canoe, or simply relax in a large preserve that leaves urban life behind. For more information on the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visit