WB Parks and Rec launches nature photograph contest

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published July 28, 2016

 When posting photos of the West Bloomfield parks on social media sites, people are asked to use the hashtag #wblovesnature.

When posting photos of the West Bloomfield parks on social media sites, people are asked to use the hashtag #wblovesnature.

Photo by Deb Jacques

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Do you enjoy photographing the great outdoors? 

The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission has launched the West Bloomfield Loves Nature photo contest, which is open to anyone who uses West Bloomfield parks and nature trails. 

The contest is designed as a way to connect the commission to those who use the township’s natural spaces, Marketing Coordinator Meagan Kurnat said. 

To enter the contest, take a picture at one of the parks or one of the nature trails and post it either on the commission’s Facebook page, on Twitter or on Instagram. When posting on Twitter and Instagram, participants should include the hashtag #wblovesnature and tag the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission in their post, Kurnat said. Photos must be submitted by noon Aug. 17. There is no restriction on the number of photos that participants may submit.

All entries that follow the rules and guidelines will appear on the commission’s Facebook page at the end of the contest, and the public will then vote on their favorites. The photo with the most votes wins. Voting will end Aug. 31. 

Kurnat said the winner will be announced on social media pages and through email Sept. 2.

One winner will receive a prize pack that will contain a lawn chair, free admission to a nature program for four people and additional items. 

“It’s pretty straightforward. We have received some pretty good entries so far,” Kurnat said.

Naturalist Lauren Azoury said that she hopes the contest will encourage people who use the parks for exercise to stop and “smell the roses.” 

“We’re hoping this contest gets people to slow down a little bit and take more observations about what our parks have in them,” Azoury said. Runners and bikers may not always notice the wildlife that the natural areas offer, she added. 

“We want to let them be creative in any natural space they find in West Bloomfield,” Azoury said.

Water features are always a hit, Azoury said. Bloomer Park sits adjacent to Middle Straits Lake, and people can visit Cass Lake while at Marshbank Park. 

“Water features are always calming to people and also wonderful to photograph sunsets on,” she said. “We’ve been getting a lot of people with themselves in the photos who are active in the parks. It’s nice to see how the spaces are being utilized.” 

Employees of the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission, affiliates or other parties in any way involved in the development, production or distribution of the contest are not eligible to participate. Immediate family and household members of such employees are also not eligible. 

Additional rules and guidelines can be found by visiting www.westbloomfieldparks.org.