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Forest Preserve District Kicks Off Second Annual 'Take 5 Photo Contest' Sept. 1

(Aug. 31, 2017) — The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County kicks off its second annual “Take 5 Photo Contest” on Friday, Sept. 1, giving visitors a chance to win great outdoor prizes when they show how they “Take 5” in DuPage County forest preserves.

Through Oct. 27, participants can submit up to 10 photos of plants, animals, landscapes, people, structures and sculptures, or weather. Photos must be taken in DuPage County forest preserves but can be from any time of the year. Complete contest rules, instructions on how to submit photos and help pick the “Juried Voter’s Choice” winner, and a gallery of photo submissions are online at dupageforest.org/take5.

Last year’s contest resulted in more than 4,000 photo entries and 7,000 online votes.

The contest is part of the District’s larger “Take 5” campaign, which promotes spending time in DuPage County’s forest preserves for a “healthier body, sharper mind and happier you.” Most visitors know the forest preserves offer great ways to exercise, but many may not realize that just five minutes in nature can improve mood and reduce stress and that an hour can boost memory by 20 percent.

The Bike Hub in Glen Ellyn, Cabela’s in Hoffman Estates and Erehwon in Naperville are providing many of the more than $2,500 in contest prizes, including two bikes with helmets for the winners of the “People” and “Places” categories. Other prizes include a camping package with a tent, two-person sleeping bag and LED lantern for the winner of the “Plants” category and a snowshoeing package with a pair of snowshoes, poles and a backpack for the winner of the “Animals” category. The winner of the contest’s “Juried Voters’ Choice” competition will win a fishing rod and reel with assorted gear. The contest will also have random drawings for a pair of running shoes, a private horse-drawn hayride at Kline Creek Farm, a picnicking package, and a round of golf for two with a cart at the Maple Meadows Golf Course in Wood Dale.

In addition, the Daily Herald Media Group is supporting the contest through advertising.

“Last year we were truly amazed by the quantity and quality of photos we received and how clearly they portrayed what the forest preserves mean to our visitors in their daily lives,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore. “We look forward to seeing this year’s submissions and how people continue to take 5 in the DuPage forest preserves.”

“Each photo tells a story about what our forest preserves mean to the photographer, and we’re thrilled and honored to be able to share those stories with a wider audience,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Linda Painter, District 3.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 62 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and pages.

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Contact:
Beth Schirott, Communications & Marketing
630-871-6401 | bschirott@dupageforest.org 

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