Children and nature are key words for the Ohio State Parks 2008 photo contest.

Children and nature are key words for the Ohio State Parks 2008 photo contest.

Parents, guardians, scoutmasters, 4-H leaders and other adults involved in youth activities are encouraged to capture images of kids learning about nature and wildlife in one of Ohio's 74 state parks. Professional photos will be accepted.

Winning photographs will be featured at ohiostateparks.org and in the spring/summer 2009 issue of the Ohio State Parks magazine.

The contest is part of the statewide "Explore the Outdoors" campaign, an initiative of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The campaign encourages children, especially those in elementary school, to turn off their computers, video games and televisions and connect with the natural world.

To enter, send a 5-inch by 7-inch color or black/white print to Ohio State Parks Photo Contest, 2045 Morse Road, Building C-3, Columbus, Ohio 43229. The deadline is Nov. 5.

All entries must be taken in a state park this year. No more than three entries per photographer will be accepted. Each photo must display the entrant's name, address, daytime phone number, the park or location featured in the picture and the date the photo was taken.

Captions are optional.

Professional photographers (those who earn more than half of their income from photography) must include a publication rights release.

Employees of Ohio State Parks and their families are not eligible to enter.

All photo entries become the property of ODNR for use in publications and promotional materials.

For more information, call (614) 265-7077.