Poetry and Photo Contest: Guidelines and Submission - Cape Elizabeth Land Trust

Poetry and Photo Contest: Guidelines and Submission

Thank you for your interest! Winners and honorable mentions will be notified in mid-May.

Take out your camera, sharpen your pencil, and head outside! This April, Thomas Memorial Library (TML) and the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust (CELT) are partnering to offer a combined poetry and photo contest celebrating the natural world of Cape Elizabeth.

“Pollack Brook Preserve” (now Runaway Farm) by Ang Foley, 2019 CELT Photo Contest 1st Place


  • Poetry
  • Photo
  • Combined Photo + Poem

Age Groups

  • Adult
  • Grade 9-12
  • PreK-8


  • Each of the nine winners (three categories, three age groups each) will receive a framed copy of their entry.
  • The framed copies will also be featured in a June 2022 exhibit at the Thomas Memorial Library.
  • Any Honorable Mentions (as determined by the judges) will receive an unframed print of their entry and may also be exhibited if space is available.
  • All entries will be published online on the CELT website.

Submission Guidelines


  • Entries are due at 11:59 pm on May 1, 2022.
  • Your entry must be related to nature, but we encourage you to define nature as creatively as your heart desires.
  • There are no residency restrictions; however, preference will be given to entries that relate directly to Cape Elizabeth. For example, a photo taken in Cape Elizabeth may get stronger consideration than a similar photo from somewhere else.
  • You must grant CELT and TML permission to use your submissions; however, this is not intended to reduce your copyright.
  • No more than one entry per person, per category.
  • Contact education@capelandtrust.org if you have questions about your submission or experience technical difficulties.

Additional Guidance for Poetry:

  • There are no limits on word count.
  • Your poem should be submitted as a Word Document, Google Doc, or PDF.

Additional Guidance for Photos:

  • We recommend a minimum resolution of 2400 x 3000 pixels.
  • All photos must be submitted in PNG or JPEG format. Photos should have a maximum file size of 15 MB.
  • Preference given to photos taken in Cape Elizabeth.

Additional Guidance for the Combined Category:

  • Entries should adhere to both the poetry and photo guidelines above.
  • If you have specific requests about how your work should be presented – for example, poem on the left and photo on the right – please let us know in the comment box at the end of the submission form.

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