The fourth annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp contest will feature black-capped and Carolina chickadees, which are common in Ohio and frequent backyard feeders.
The two species look nearly identical, but black-capped chickadees occupy the northern third of the state and Carolina chickadees are found in the southern two-thirds.
"We encourage Ohio residents to use their photography skills to showcase our native songbirds," said James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. "This is a unique opportunity to share the beauty of our black-capped and Carolina chickadees."
Entries are to be accepted Aug. 13-31, and the photographer with the winning image is to receive $500. The contest is open to Ohioans age 18 and older. Budding photographers 17 and younger can compete in the youth division.
Photographers submitted 58 images during last year's contest. The winning salamander photograph was captured by Nina Harfmann of Pleasant Plain. Her photo of a spotted salamander will appear on the 2012 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp and be available for purchase March 1.