The Valley Land Fund and Quinta Mazatlan invite kids in south Texas outdoors this summer to photograph nature! Over 70 children will have a chance to win cash prizes totaling $4,200, plus free t-shirts for all entering the SOUTHERN EXPOSURES Youth Nature Photo Contest.

Entries will be accepted between June 1 and July 30. Photographs can be taken anywhere in South Texas featuring our native plants and animals. The contest is free for all children and entry forms can be found on the Quinta Mazatlan website, www.quintamazatlan.com.

Youth are encouraged to look at our wildlife, landscapes, water features, people and nature in a creative way and to share those images. Winning images and honorable mentions will be featured in a special video at the Awards Ceremony on the evening of Aug. 19 at Quinta Mazatlan. All participating families are invited to this celebration.

The educational and fun program kicks-off with two Orientation Workshops on June 12 with the best photographers in the industry. The workshop for ages 6 to 13 is from 10 to noon, and ages 14 to 18 from 3 to 5. Please check out the other workshop dates on the Quinta Mazatlan website. We’ll also be offering half day camps where cameras will be provided as well as computers for downloading and editing the images. At the end of the camp images and entries will be submitted, all in one easy and fun camp.

All children are invited from Roma to South Padre Island to take photographs in your “neck of the woods” or “backyard”. School groups and camps are encouraged to incorporate the project into summer programs. Contest categories include Mammals, Birds, Other Wildlife, Connecting People to Nature, Landscapes & Plant Life, Water Features, Humor and Digital Art. Take a picture any time this summer from June to July, but make sure it is submitted on a disc with an entry form by July 30 to Quinta Mazatlan. For more information visit www.quintamazatlan.com or call 681-3370.

The Valley Land Fund is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to the protection of native lands and wildlife habitat throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Funding for this photo contest was made possible in part by a grant from the Valley Land Fund, through the Robert L. Townsend Endowment. For more information about the Valley Land Fund, please visit them online at www.valleylandfund.com.