Lake Erie Center


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6200 Bayshore Road
Oregon, OH 43616
Phone: 419.530.8360
Fax: 419.530.8399

The Lake Erie Center is open to the public
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tours offered Wednesday at 10 a.m.

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Lake Erie Center Photo Contest Rules

This contest focuses on the natural systems, plant, and animal life of Maumee Bay, Lake Erie, and the Maumee River watershed. Location of entry photographs must be from Maumee Bay, Lake Erie or the Maumee River watershed to qualify. If it is determined that the location of the entry photo is outside of these areas the photo will be disqualified.

Winning entries will be enlarged, printed on quality paper, professionally framed or mounted, and will be displayed in the Lake Erie Center lobby/gallery and on our website. Photos must have been taken between September 1, 2016, and November 17, 2017, to be eligible.  All entries must be submitted as digital prints in JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg), GIF (.gif), or PNG (.png) formats (require the digital image, no linked photos e.g. "Dropbox" etc. will be accepted), and should be of sufficient resolution to be enlarged and printed using common computer software and printers.

Amateur photographers only. If you sell photos or professional photography services you are ineligible to enter this contest. Minimal digital manipulation (i.e. contrast, sharpening, etc) is permitted, but no digitally signed or watermarked photos will be accepted. Up to three (3) photos will be accepted from each entrant. Photos become the property of the Lake Erie Center and will not be returned. Entrant’s name on the entry form or submission of photos using online entry form constitutes consent to use the photo by the Lake Erie Center and may be placed on the World Wide Web and/or on printed materials such as brochures, etc. All human subjects must have approved the submission.

The Lake Erie Center reserves the right to disqualify entries or cancel this contest without notice.

There will be four (4) entry categories based upon age. The first category is open to amateur photographers seven (7) years of age or younger; a second youth category is for photographers twelve (12) years of age or younger; a third category for teen entrants aged thirteen (13) to eighteen (18) ; and a fourth category is for all adults nineteen and older (19+) years of age as of the contest’s deadline, November 17, 2017.  All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on November 17, 2017.  Entries must be electronically uploaded using online entry form or mailed electronically (emailed) to the following email address:lakeeriecenter@utoledo.eduLimit 15 mb per email message (send multiple messages if entering several photos of large size).

The online entry form is available at Please contact the Lake Erie Center at 419-530-8360 if you do not have access to a computer and wish to make another arrangement for your submission/s.

Judge’s decisions will be final.  The contest winners will be informed via telephone or email, and awards presented at the Lake Erie Center.



Last Updated: 8/18/17