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Big Haynes Wildlife Fest photo contest returns
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The Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival is looking for pictures of deer, hummingbirds, squirrels, and other great pictures of wildlife this summer as part of the Backyard Wildlife Photo Contest. To be a part of the contest, simply take pictures over the summer months of animals in your neighborhood, or gather those wonderful pictures you already have, and submit your best photos. Trail camera photos are also accepted and contestants can send up to three photos. The deadline for submissions is August 10. 

The top three photos submitted will be on display during the Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival on August 24-25, at the Georgia International Horse Park, where guests will vote on their favorite picture. The winner with the most votes will receive tickets to the Georgia Aquarium. To submit photographs, visit the festival’s website for instructions and requirements at or call 770-860-4190.

The Seventh Annual Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival provides unique activities for the entire family featuring wildlife exhibits, reptile shows, birds of prey, storytelling, living history, arts, crafts and much more.

“Fur, Feathers and Friends” is the theme of this year’s festival, with highlights including birds of prey, animal exhibits and Indian encampments. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Quasi, a vulture affectionately named after Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame. Take a ride on Rufus, a fun-loving camel who loves meeting people and offers rides throughout the day. Sawgrass can be found in the Living History section, demonstrating how Indians have been friends of the outdoors for many years. Learn how Indians lived off the land, while preserving the natural world around them for future generations. Other highlights include children’s art activities, Frisbee dog show, and live entertainment.

Admission to the festival is $5 per person with children ages four and under free. Free parking is available right across from the festival entrance. For event information or directions to the Georgia International Horse Park, located just off Interstate 20, call the Conyers Welcome Center at (770) 602-2606 or 1-800-CONYERS.  Visit the Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival web page at for more information.