A huge thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Annual Nature Photo Contest!

18 photographers submitted a total of 36 island moments for our judges to sift through – a challenging job, as there were so many wonderful scenes to choose from. Thank you to judges Lindsay Woods, Sara Bowles, and Karen Reith.

This year we are celebrating a decade of the Nature Photo Contest by trying something new: the winning photographs will soon be available for purchase in the form of greeting cards instead of wall calendars, so keep an eye out for those! And also, keep an eye out throughout this next year for any nature moments you want to capture and send it for next year’s Nature Photo Contest. A reminder, any photos taken between September 2023 and August 2024 are eligible for submission to the 2024 contest.

See below all 12 winning photos from our four categories: Landscape, Native Creatures, Native Plants, and Ocean/Beach Scene (unfortunately we didn’t have any Youth Photographers submit photos this year).


Tina Farmilo · November 9, 2023 at 5:34 pm

Lovely photo images. But I’m very disappointed to learn that there will not be a MICS calendar this year. How will we find our way through the days and weeks of 2024 without it? What will I send as the perfect Mayne Island gift to all my relatives this Christmas?
Unfortunately I am unlikely to purchase many of the MICS cards this year. As card designs they are not especially unique – and – you are in competition with many card-creating island artists whose work I annually support this way. But I would normally purchase several copies of the calendar, (see aforementioned “Mayne Island gifts to family”).
I do hope that you reconsider this decision next year!
Best wishes – Tina Farmilo

    Justine Apostolopoulos · December 7, 2023 at 10:13 am

    Hello Tina,
    Thank you for your comment. We decided to try something new this year after dwindling calendar sales pushed us to reconsider. With greeting cards, we don’t have a time limit on sales such as we did with the calendars and that was an important factor as well, especially when we were seeing so many leftover by the time the year had well begun. You have a good point about the greeting cards being in competition with island artists, though please know that we did give thought to that, noting that there are artists on the island who also make calendars and so both products are in competition with others. I trust you’ll find a lovely calendar from an island artist this year, and perhaps we will try calendars in the future, but for now we are looking forward to seeing how these beautiful greeting cards will do.

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