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Nov. 7, 2016

Enter Chandler Recreation’s Nature Photo Contest

Each year, photographers from around the Chandler area are invited to focus their lenses on nature and then enter their photographs in the City’s annual Nature Photo Contest organized by Chandler’s Recreation Division. In its sixth year, the contest has resulted in some magnificent images captured from around the community.

Entries are being accepted through March 15, 2017, in three categories: This Beautiful City, Creature Worth Noticing, and Picture Worth A Thousand Words. Entries must come from a Chandler park, program or event and can be submitted digitally online at, or in person at the Environmental Education Center (EEC), 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road.

“We’re looking for photos that showcase the awe-inspiring and diverse natural world around us,” said Dexter Belling, the recreation coordinator organizing the contest. “That could be a powerful wildlife shot, a stunning landscape, or a look at a complicated environmental issue — whatever nature means to you.”

Resident James Fetterman submitted several photographs last year using his trusty Canon t3i DSLR camera. A resident of Sunbird in south Chandler, he took up the hobby late in life and has seen his photos published in several local publications. His advice for beginners is to take one’s time and to take a lot of pictures.

“You need to be patient, and if you see something in action, keep taking pictures,” said Fetterman.

Winning entries will be displayed in the ECC lobby with a blue ribbon affixed next March to the winning images in each category.