proudly offers a Canon EOS 30D digital camera as the grand prize this year.
To become eligible for it and one of the other prizes shown on page 41 of the March/April issue or page 45 of the May/June issue, follow these rules very carefully. A panel of judges will choose three winners from each of the five categories -- amateur, backyard, digiscoping, flight, water birds -- plus one grand-prize winner.
The entry form appears on page 39 of the March/April issue and page 43 of the May/June issue. The form will not appear online
. If you don't receive WildBird
in your mailbox, then ask for the March/April or May/June issue at Wild Birds Unlimited, Wild Bird Centers of America or a national bookseller.
Official Contest Rules
* All entries must be postmarked by April 28
* This photo contest is open to everyone except employees of WildBird
and BowTie, Inc.
* Each contestant may enter up to two photographs per category.
* Each participant confirms that each entry has not been published in another commercial publication for payment or offered online for sale. Similar in-camera duplicate photos are not eligible.
* Each contestant agrees to allow WildBird
to post one entry on the magazine's website, without compensation, to promote the contest.
* One grand-prize photo will be selected from all the contest entries.
* Color 35mm slides, 21/4-inch transparencies, prints at least 6x8 inches but no larger than 8x10 inches, and digital files will be accepted. Do not send duplicate or glass-mounted slides.
* Digital files must arrive on compact discs, one image per CD.
* In order to be suitable for publication in WildBird
, digital files must be 300 dpi; at least 6x8 inches in size; TIFF, EPS or SHQ JPG format; RGB; and 8 bit. A high-quality 6x8-inch print must accompany each CD.
* Due to the constraints imposed by early digital cameras used in digiscoping, only
entries in the digiscoping
category may possess a print size of 5x7
inches and arrive with a 5x7-inch high-quality print.
* Only photos of native species photographed in the United States and Canada are eligible for the amateur, digiscoping, flight, water birds and backyard categories.
* To write the captions, we need the story behind the photo
. Give us interesting details about how you attracted the bird to your yard or how you observed the bird in the field.
* The amateur
category is open to individuals who have not won a prize in a previous WildBird
photo contest and have not received payment from WildBird
for the publication of an image.
* All backyard
photographs must be taken in a yard; show a feeder, birdbath or nestbox
; and include species regularly seen at those features. Photos taken at wildlife refuges, parks, sanctuaries and commercial lodges are not eligible.
* All digiscoping
entries must cite the spotting scope and eyepiece used to create the image.
* All flight
photos must convey the essence of avian flight. Motion and focus will be primary considerations.
* Entries for the water birds
category should feature only shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl and seabirds.
* All birds photographed for this contest must be alive and living in the wild. Controlled studio portraits, photos of captive birds and "posed" birds -- especially nestlings -- will not be accepted.
* Each entry must be submitted separately
-- one entry per envelope.
* Write the entry's category
on the front, lower-left area of the envelope.
* Every image must arrive with a separate, completed entry form. Photocopies of the form are acceptable.
* Do not use staples or paper clips; they can scratch your photos. WildBird
is not responsible for lost or damaged slides.
* If you want your slides
returned, each entry must arrive with a self-addressed, stamped envelope
. Provide ample postage in addition to a return address on each envelope. Prints and CDs will not be returned.
* Due to the volume of submissions, the staff will not
make exceptions to these rules. Please follow them carefully to avoid disqualification.
* Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and the WildBird
* Winners will be notified by mail; do not call or send an e-mail.
* Winning images will be published in the September/October 2007 issue and may be used in advertising and marketing of WildBird
* All slides and transparencies will be returned in October. No prints or CDs will be returned.
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