UPDATE: Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island Annual Photo Contest

The deadline for submission of photos into this years’ photo competition has been extended from September 5 to Sunday, September 11.

Due to the potential of high tidal surges, the U S Fish & Wildlife Service has closed the Sachuest Point NWR in Middletown, possibly through Wednesday.  In addition, the Kettle Pond Visitors Center in Charlestown is closed today due to the holiday. Since these were the two drop-off points for contestants to leave photos it was deemed necessary to extend the time for submission.

As a result of the revised deadline for photo submission, the opening reception and announcement of winners has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 18th from 2 to 3 PM at the Kettle Pond Visitors Center in Charlestown. All entries submitted will then be on display at Kettle Pond until October 3 when they will be moved to Sachuest Point Visitors Center in Middletown until October 17.

Original Announcement Below


The Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island announce their 16th Annual Amateur Photo Competition to highlight the beauty of the five refuges that comprise the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Download Entry Form | Download Flyer

Photos will be accepted in the following categories: refuge wildlife, refuge flora, refuge wildlife habitat/landscape and photos taken by children age 14 and under of any subject on a refuge.

All photos must have been taken on one of the five national wildlife refuges in Rhode Island:
Ninigret NWR, Charlestown Block Island NWR
Trustom Pond NWR, South Kingston |  Sachuest Point NWR, Middletown
Chafee NWR at Pettaquamscutt Cove, South Kingstown and Narragansett

Amateur photographers are encouraged to enter their existing refuge color photos or to take new ones. The color photos must be 8”x10” and not matted or framed. For full details and photo registration see the contest flyers which are available at each Refuge or visit our website at www.FriendsNWRofRI.org. Or download the entry form and flyer linked at the top of this post.

Photos and a $10 entry fee per photo must be received by September 5, 2016. There is a maximum limit of four (4) photos per contestant. Checks should be made payable to the Friends of NWR-RI. Contestants can deliver their photos between 10:00AM and 4:00PM to the Friends of the NWR-RI office at the US Fish and Wildlife Service Kettle Pond Visitors Center, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI, or to the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center in Middletown, RI. Photos may also be mailed to the Friends of the NWR-RI, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI 02813.

All photos entered will be exhibited at Kettle Pond Visitors Center, Charlestown, RI from September 11th to September 25th and then displayed at Sachuest Point Visitors Center, Middletown, RI from September 25 to October 9th. The photos will be judged by a panel of photographers prior to the opening reception at Kettle Pond on September 11, 2016. First, second and third place winners will be chosen in each of the four categories. The Best of Show will be awarded a $100 cash prize. Other prizes will also be awarded.

For more information about the contest or entry forms, e-mail RThieke@cox.net or call the Friends at 401-364-9124 or visit our website www.FriendsNWRofRI.org.

The Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island is a volunteer member-based nonprofit organization devoted to conservation and development of healthy habitat for flora and fauna at Rhode Island’s National Wildlife Refuges, and to safe, accessible, ecological experiences for refuge visitors. The Friends group helps secure funds for and works on refuge projects designed to meet the goals of the US Fish and Wildlife Comprehensive Plan for Rhode Island’s 1800 acres of federal refuge habitats.

Banner photo: Yellow Warbler by Frances Topping