WildBird's 20th annual photo contest
The rules appear below, but the entry form will not be posted online. Participants can find it only in the March/April and May/June issues.
The contest offers prizes for a grand-prize photo as well as first, second and third place in five categories: amateur, backyard, digiscoping, flight and waterbirds. The grand-prize photo is a Canon EOS 40D!
More images appear here.
* All entries must be postmarked by April 25, 2008.
* 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 a 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, 2 1/4-inch transparencies, prints 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.
* To be suitable for publication in the September/October issue, a digital file must be 300 dpi; TIFF, EPS or SHQ JPG format; RGB mode; and 8 bit, and it must have an 8x10-inch print size. A high-quality print, measuring 8x10 inches, 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 images 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. Please provide a 200-word-maximum description of 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.
* Each entry must arrive in a separate envelope.
* 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.
* Please write the entry's category on the front, lower-left area of the envelope. Failure to do so will disqualify the entry.
* 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.
* 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 staff.
* If you want your slides and transparencies 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.
* Winners will be notified by mail. Please do not call or send an e-mail.
* Winning images will be published in the September/October 2008 issue and may be used in advertising and marketing of WildBird without compensation.
* All slides and transparencies will be returned in October. No prints or CDs will be returned.