The Nature Conservancy and the Indianapolis Airport Authority announce photo contest

Winning photos highlighting Indiana’s natural beauty to be featured in airport art program

Indianapolis, Indiana | December 16, 2013

The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) and The Nature Conservancy are inviting artists to submit photographs and photo-based artworks highlighting the natural beauty of Indiana for consideration through a competition process for display at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND).

“We are excited to partner with the Indianapolis Airport on this photo contest,” said Mary McConnell, state director for The Nature Conservancy’s Indiana Chapter. “Here’s a great opportunity for amateur and professional photographers alike to show off their talent, and in doing so show off Indiana’s many beautiful natural areas to travelers from around the world.”

McConnell expects the art exhibit at the Airport will remind Hoosier travelers of the beauty of their state. It should also dispel the notion of first-time travelers to Indiana that the state is nothing but cornfields.

The competition is open to both professional and amateur photographers, with one category reserved for adult professional photographers, one for adult amateur photographers, and one for youth photographers (ages 13-17). Photographs must depict a location within the State of Indiana within one of the following four contest divisions:

  • “landscape”
  • “plant life”
  • “wildlife in natural habitat”
  • “artistic”

Preference will be given to images depicting Nature Conservancy preserves within Indiana.

The application deadline is February 1, 2014. A full prospectus is available for download.

Artworks must be submitted through; the competition appears in a search for under the call type “Photography” and the state “Indiana.” This service is free to use and there is no charge to enter the competition, but in order to enter the competition applicants must set up a personal account and comply with the upload guidelines on the website.

Selected photos will be incorporated into the IAA’s dynamic temporary art program and be on display from May through August 2014. The temporary art program features exhibits in the main ticketing hall and Concourse B, introducing innovative new works, primarily from artists with ties to the local community, to the airport space while complementing the IAA’s robust permanent art collection.

A photo from each category and each division will be chosen for an “Honor Award” from the photos selected for display. In addition, a special “Nature Conservancy Award” will be granted to recognize the most evocative portrayal of a Nature Conservancy site in Indiana, without regard to division. It is possible for one image to receive both an Honor/Merit Award and a Nature Conservancy Award.

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