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In honor of our new exhibit opening, the Florida Museum is hosting the Water Shapes Florida Photo Challenge! The challenge is designed to educate and promote awareness of Florida’s freshwater habitats.

water shapes florida on blue background and el agua moldea la florida on green backgroundCapture your best picture and enter by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 1, for your chance to win prizes! Anyone, at any age, can enter this free challenge.

The Museum will reveal the top 10 images from entries received on March 11, and the public will select the overall winner by voting on the Museum’s website for their favorite from March 11 to 15. In addition, there will be a Judges’ Award given to the judging panel’s favorite image.

The winning photographers will be recognized during the Water Shapes Florida Opening Celebration on Saturday, March 23.

For more information or other questions, email photocontest@floridamuseum.ufl.edu.

Tips for a strong image:

  • Ensure the image is sharp and in focus.
  • Fill the frame of the image with the relevant subject matter.
  • Be mindful of the background and that it is not too distracting.
  • Try a unique angle.
  • Pay attention to lighting and ensure the image is properly exposed.

Guidelines on ethical wildlife photography:

About Water Shapes Florida

Take a ride on a glass-bottom boat, walk through a hammock forest, explore the aquifer and more as you learn about our state’s most important natural resource in this interactive bilingual experience.

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