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2017 Buck Harvest Photo ContesT

Submit a photo showcasing your 2017 Pennsylvania buck harvest. The contest will highlight some of the trophy whitetails in Penn's woods.
 

Procedures

 
2017 Buck Harvest Photo Contest images may be submitted through Dec. 15, 2017. Submissions should be sent to   pgc-contest@pa.gov with the subject line HARVEST.
 
Photo submissions must be of wild Pennsylvania deer taken lawfully during a 2017 deer season. If the deer has been moved, the harvest tag in the ear should be visible. If the deer has not been moved, hunters should be wearing the appropriate amount of fluorescent orange. All submissions must include the first and last name of the hunter and other people in the photo, hunter’s hometown, and the county where the deer was harvested. Submissions must also indicate whether the deer was harvested with a bow or a rifle. The Game Commission has the right to use all submitted images.
 
 

Winners

 
Game Commission employees will select a group of “contending” photos. The photos will be judged on photo quality and composition, not just the size of the buck.
 
Once assembled, these contending photos will be placed on the Game Commission’s Facebook page in two photo albums for the archery buck harvest photo contest and the firearms buck harvest photo contest. Facebook users will determine the winning photos by “liking” the images. Trail cameras will be awarded to the winners in the archery and rifle categories. The contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook. Game Commission employees are not eligible to participate.
 
 

Beyond the Harvest Contest

 

There is so much more to hunting than the harvest. Yet, sometimes we forget to capture those memories with a photo. For this contest, we encourage you to snap a photo of the landscape or wildlife surrounding your favorite hunting spot, the person sitting beside you in the stand, the meal you share after a successful hunt or any other special moment surrounding your Pennsylvania hunting experience that goes #beyondtheharvest for a chance to win a generous prize package!

 

Procedures

 

Submit a photo showing an aspect of hunting other than the harvest and provide a short caption (a few sentences) describing why it is meaningful to you. E-mail the submission to pgc-contest@pa.gov, and use “BTH” in the subject line. Hunters may send more than one submission. Photos must be taken in Pennsylvania. Photos may be from any season including previous years. Submissions must include the hunter’s first and last name. By submitting the photo, the hunter acknowledges that he or she has received permission from all of the people pictured in the photo to enter it into the contest. Entries will be accepted from Sept. 30-Dec. 31.

 

All submitted photos become property of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. By submitting a photo into this contest, you grant the Game Commission the right to use, reproduce, store, transmit and communicate your submission in whole or in part in any media, marketing, advertising or promotional materials. Captions may be edited for length and grammar. Game Commission employees are not eligible.

 

Winners

 

Game Commission staff members will select a group of “contending” photos in late January and post the submissions in a photo album on Facebook*. Facebook users will determine the winning photo and caption by “liking” the image. The photo and caption with the most “likes” at the end of the contest will win a prize package.

 

The winner’s prize package will include a “Pennsylvania Game Commission Wild Game Cookbook, Second Edition”, a “Pennsylvania Deer Hunting, Through the Pages of Game News” book and the winner’s choice of a framed Wildlife Working Together art print.

 

The winner will also have the opportunity to submit a longer article describing their #beyondtheharvest hunting experiences to the Pennsylvania Game News to be considered for publication in the magazine.

 

*This contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook.

  
 

Big-Buck Trail Cam Contest

 

You are invited to participate in a Pennsylvania Game Commission photo contest to showcase some of the huge whitetail bucks caught on trail cameras this summer and fall in Penn's Woods.

 

Procedures

 

2017 Big-Buck Trail Cam Contest images may be submitted from Aug. 1 through Nov. 30, 2017. Submissions should be sent to the pgc-contest@pa.gov. Photo submissions must be of wild Pennsylvania deer taken with trail cameras. The original image file taken by the camera should be submitted rather than a photograph of the image on your computer screen. Only photos taken during the month they were submitted will be considered. All submissions must include the photographer's first and last name and the county where the deer image was recorded. All photos submitted shall become property of the Game Commission. By submitting a photo into this contest, you grant the Game Commission the right to use, reproduce, store, transmit, communicate your submitted photo, in whole or in part, in any media, marketing, advertising or promotional materials. Game Commission employees are not eligible.

 

Individuals submitting photos are reminded that the use of bait to attract deer to your trail cam is unlawful in Disease Management Areas and discouraged elsewhere.

 

Winners

 

Winners will be selected monthly. Game Commission staff members will select a group of “contending” photos for each month on the first Tuesday of the following month starting Sept. 5 and ending Dec. 5. For instance, photos taken and submitted during August will be reviewed September 5. Once assembled, these contending photos will be placed on the Game Commission's Facebook page in a photo album. Facebook users will determine the winning photo by “liking” the image. The contest will select monthly winners and, at its conclusion, one overall winner. Trail cameras will be awarded to winners. The contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook.