Cast your vote for MDC photo contest submissions

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- As part of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) 75th Anniversary of serving nature and you, the Department is hosting a public photo contest.

The contest encouraged people to submit their best images that celebrate the natural wonders of Missouri and the 75-year legacy of MDC. More than 1,880 people submitted almost 13,000 photos in seven categories during the submission period of Feb. 1 through May 15.

A panel of photography and nature experts had the challenging task of narrowing the submissions to a top selection in each of the following categories: mammals, plants, reptiles and amphibians, insects and spiders, birds, outdoor recreation, and habitats and landscapes.

MDC now encourages Missourians to cast their votes for their favorite photo from among the seven category winners for a “Best-of-Show” top photo. Voting will run during the month of July (July 1-31). To cast a vote, go to the MDC website at

The seven category winners and top photo will be featured in the October issue of the Missouri Conservationist, as well as on the MDC website and other media.