A photography contest focused on wildlife in Southern Illinois has an extended deadline.

The Wildlife and Wild Places Photography Contest is sponsored by the Friends of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.

All photos must be taken south of Interstate 64 in Illinois, and should be in one of the following categories: landscape/scenic, wildlife, flowers/plants/trees/fungi, pollinators/insects/spiders, youth 17 and younger, and photos taken in Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. Cash and gift certificates will be awarded as prizes in each of those categories for Best in Show, first, second and third place.

Each photographer may submit up to five entries. There is a $5 charge for each adult entry; youth may submit up to five photos for $1 each. 

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The deadline to submit is Sunday, Oct. 6. Photos should be submitted to the refuge's visitor center, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, except Sept. 28 and 29. The visitor center is on Illinois 148 south of Illinois 13.

Complete contest rules and entry forms are online at friendsofconwr.com.

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