Thursday, March 16, 2006

18th annual photo contest!

This year, WildBird's contest embraces the photography technique that increasingly gains enthusiastic adherents: digiscoping. (You can find more details here and here.)

Last year's contest included a digiscoped image that won first place in the international category. David Drake's Purple Honeycreeper, captured at Asa Wright Nature Center on Trinidad, won that honor.

The contest offers five categories (amateur, backyard, digiscoping, flight and water birds), and each category offers first-, second- and third-place prizes including Kowa binoculars, Droll Yankees feeders, Nikon optics, Bushnell binoculars and Leupold & Stevens binoculars. The contest also offers a grand prize: a Canon EOS 20D digital SLR.

Details about the prizes as well as the rules and the entry form appear in the March/April and May/June issues. (They do not appear online.) The entry deadline is April 29.

If you send an entry, please make my job easier by writing the entry's category on the lower left-hand corner of the envelope. That would make sorting 1,900 entries into the appropriate boxes a wee bit simpler. Thank you!

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