DNR launches Endangered Resources photo contest

National Audubon Society photo.

Professional and amateur photographers have until Feb. 8 to submit their best bald eagle photos for a chance to see their entry soar across the state on vehicle license plates.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation is seeking bald eagle photos to possibly be featured on the new Wisconsin Endangered Resources license plate.

“The bald eagle symbolizes both the strength and success of the recovery program,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “This is a special opportunity for Wisconsin residents and visitors alike to honor those efforts by sharing their favorite eagle photos.”

Bald eagles, once listed as endangered on both state and federal endangered species list, have since recovered after regulations were put into place to protect the species and following a ban on the pesticide DDT. The remarkable recovery of our nation’s symbol in Wisconsin represents the success of conservation efforts by the state and our partners.

The contest will run from January 29 through February 8, 2015. DNR staff will review all submitted photos. Should a submitted photo meet size requirements for the license plate, DNR will contact the entrant to let them know their photo was chosen. DNR reserves the right to not choose a photo from the submissions if they do not meet size requirements.

To enter photos, go to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Facebook page after January 29 and click the “License plate contest” tab. People can also enter the contest by sharing their photos on Facebook or Twitter with hashtag #ereagleplate. There is no limit to the number of times a person may enter. Photographers must be at least 13 years of age and submit only photos they have the rights to distribute. DNR employees and their immediate families are also eligible to submit photos.