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Photo Contest

Your chance to be featured in our 18-month calendar commemorating 40 years.

It's Time

In 2024, the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve marks 40 years since its designation. As part of our commemoration of this milestone, we will publish an 18-month calendar featuring images created by our community. To become part of the 2024-25 calendar project, select your very best pieces or hatch a plan to create something amazing. We are eager to see your work.


  1. All entries must be photographs taken within the protected area of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve (see map) or artwork depicting that area.
  2. Each creator may submit up to three entries.
  3. Photographs may be color or black-and-white. Cropping and editing are permitted.
  4. Other artwork (for example, watercolor, oil, pen-and-ink) must be scanned or photographed for submittal. For these entries, the original artist is considered the creator.
  5. Image must be in landscape orientation (horizontal).
  6. Image should be high resolution JPG format (at least 300 dpi; at least 2550 x 3300 pixels).
  7. Image must bear no watermarks.
  8. Image must have been created during the 40 years since the Wells Reserve was designated.
  9. Wells Reserve and Laudholm Trust staff are not eligible to participate in this contest.

Release and Permissions

A copyright release must accompany each entry.

A likeness release must accompany each entry where a person can be identified from the image. If the individual pictured is under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must give permission.

How to Enter

Enter online or send image and release(s) to or:

Wells Reserve Photo Contest
342 Laudholm Farm Rd
Wells ME 04090

Deadline for entries to be received by the Wells Reserve is March 31, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.


Entry period: January 2 to March 31, 2024

Judging and notification: April 2024

18-month calendar publication: May 2024

Use an Online Form

Enter Now


"Journey" by Jay Arbelo.