Friends of The National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode        Island   2022 Annual  Amateur Photo Contest 




Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of RI

22nd Annual Amateur Photo Competition   





 Once again, we would like to encourage you to enter color photos highlighting the beauty of your


 Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuges:


Trustom Pond NWR, South Kingstown


Ninigret NWR, Charlestown


Chafee NWR at Pettaquamscutt Cove,

South Kingstown & Narragansett


Sachuest Point NWR, Middletown


Block Island NWR


               4 CATEGORIES:       

I. Refuge Wildlife

  II. Refuge Flora   

   III. Refuge Wildlife Habitat or Landscape

V. Photos by Children 14 and under

any subject on a refuge

Photos of mute swans, an exotic species, will not be accepted. 


DEADLINE: September 8, 2022        FEE: $10 per photograph, limit 4 entries


$100 AWARD for the BEST of SHOW

Other prizes in each category will be awarded.


The Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island is volunteer member-based, nonprofit organization devoted to the 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 2400 acres of federal refuge habitat.





Entry Form Below








Amateur Photo Competition and Show


The Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of RI are proud of our beautiful national wildlife refuges. With so much to photograph, from wildlife to landscapes, we encourage amateur photographers to enter their favorite color refuge photos.  You may take new photos or enter existing ones, in this, our 22nd  annual competition. 



 I: Refuge wildlife  

II: Refuge flora 

III: Refuge wildlife habitat/landscape

IV: Photos by Children 14 and under – any subject on a refuge


FORMAT/RESTRICTIONS: The color photo must be 8” x 10” and NOT MATTED.  There must NOT be any writing on the front of the photo.  Each contestant is limited to 4 entries. Photos must be taken on one of the five National Wildlife Refuges of RI, by an amateur photographer. Photos of mute swans will not be accepted.  For your information, all photos will be matted by the Friends in black 11” x 14” mats.


FEES:  $10 per photo entry fee.  Checks payable to Friends of NWR-RI.  Questions, e-mail


DEADLINE Photos must be received no later than September 8, 2022.  Photos, with the entry fee, may be send to Friends of the NWR-RI, 50 Bend Rd, Charlestown, RI 02813 or dropped off at the visitor centers at Kettle Pond, Charlestown or Sachuest Point, Middletown.


EXHIBIT:  The photos will be judged and a first, second and third place winners will be chosen from each category.  The Best of Show will be awarded $100.   There will be a reception on Saturday, September 17 at Kettle Pond Visitors Center in Charlestown where all the entered photos will be on exhibit and prize winner announced.  If winners ae not present at the reception, their prize will be mailed.  Photos will remain exhibited at Kettle Pond until October 4 and then be exhibited at Sachuest Point Visitors Center from October 4 to 18.


Photos may be donated to the Friends or returned.  Returns may be picked up between October 18 and 30 at either Kettle Pond or Sachuest Point Visitors Desks or provide a self-addressed stamped envelope and they will be mailed.  All photos not picked up by October 30 become the property of the Friends of NWR-RI.  Winning photos may be reproduced/displayed by Friends.  Donated photos may be used in ways decided by the Friends.

Photos may also been displayed on the Friends website and you can indicate on your entry forms whether you agree to that for your photos.


LIABILITY:  Friends of the NWR-RI will not insure the entries received, or be responsible for any loss or damage.  


REGISTRATION Information required to be affixed to the BACK of each photograph is shown below.


NAME__________________________          NAME____________________________

ADDRESS _____________________             ADDRESS_________________________

_______________________________            ___________________________________

EMAIL:_________________________           EMAIL:____________________________

PHONE _________________________          PHONE____________________________

REFUGE_________________________         REFUGE________________________

DATE (Approximate) _______________         DATE (Approximate)________________

CATEGORY_______________________        CATEGORY_____________________

PHOTO TITLE____________________          PHOTO TITLE_____________________

Do You Wish Photo Back? ___(yes) ___( no)   Do You Wish Photo Back? ___(yes) ___(no)

Website Display? ____(yes) ____ (no)               Website Display? ____(yes) ____(no)