To promote awareness and appreciation of the refuge, the Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge is sponsoring its 30th Annual Photography Contest. $1,600 (US) will be given out in prizes for 6 categories and for a Grand Prize winner.
Winners and Honorably Mentioned photographs will be displayed at the Refuge Visitor Center, published on the contest web site, and in the annual refuge calendar.
The Everglades Photographic Society will coordinate and conduct the contest for the refuge.
Entries will be accepted from Saturday, December 8, 2012 to Sunday, March 3, 2013. Entries can be dropped off or mailed to the Refuge Visitor Center. Entries sent by mail must be received no later than Saturday, March 2, 2013.
ENTRIES THAT DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE RULES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
The contest is open to all photographers except members of the Everglades Photographic Society.
All entries must be taken within boundaries of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (LNWR), Stormwater Treatment Area 1 (STA-1W and STA-1E), Wellington Environmental Park, Strazzulla Tract Wetlands, and Water Conservation Area 2 (WCA 2A and WCA 2B).
Each submission is limited to a total of no more than 5 images.
Submitted entries must be the original work of the photographer, and the photographer must own the copyright to the image. The photographer retains the copyright of the submitted images but must agree to allow the LNWR to use and publish the submitted entries without further compensation to the copyright holder.
Photos that have won awards in previous LNWR photo contests may not be resubmitted. Photos that have been published or sold may not be submitted.
Photos containing recognizable images of people must be accompanied by a model release. A generic model release form is available to download from here.
Submissions must be digital, and they must be submitted on a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. Photos that were taken with a film camera must be scanned in and submitted on a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. Digital support is available if needed by contacting the Everglades Photographic Society.
High-resolution JPEG images, measuring at least 2000 pixels on the longest side, may be copied on as many CDs, DVDs, or USB flash drives as needed. These will be the images used for final judging and publication/exhibition. If you prefer, you may simply submit the original JPEG image as taken by the camera.
Each image must be labeled with your first and last name, image title, and category it is to enter. For example: FirstLast-Title-Category.jpg. If you know the common name of the species photographed or the location where the photo was taken, please include it in your title.
Each CD, DVD, or USB flash drive must bear the photographer’s name, phone number, and e-mail address.
Media used to submit entries will not be returned.
All photographs, except those submitted as Artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Acceptable: adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions. High Dynamic Range imaging is acceptable in all categories. Stitching is acceptable in Landscapes. Unacceptable (except for Artistic): composites (combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos; digital effects that do not show the scene in its natural way.1 People may be included in photos in all categories except Avian, Fauna, and Flora.
Entries will be judged on technical excellence, originality, creativity, visual impact, and artistic merit. All decisions of the judges are final.
Avian – Birds in their natural habitat.
Fauna – Animals (other than Birds) in their natural habitat, including close-ups of invertebrates.
Flora – Plants in their natural habitat, including close-ups of flowers, fungi, lichen, and algae.
Landscapes – Expansive and dramatic views of the land and its features.
Artistic – Artistic compositions in nature both natural and manipulated in post processing (infrared, unlimited digital manipulation).
Youth – Any entry of up to 5 photographs by photographers under 18 years of age. Each photograph must fit into one of the categories above.
A check or money order in the amount of $20 (US) must be included with your entry and made out to FRIENDS OF THE LOXAHATCHEE REFUGE. Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge members and Refuge Staff may enter the contest for $10 (US). Participants in the youth category may enter the contest for FREE.
Each submission MUST be accompanied by a completed entry form with ALL information clearly filled out.
Entries can be dropped off or mailed to the Refuge Visitor Center at:
Loxahatchee Photo Contest
The Refuge Visitor Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on December 25th and Thanksgiving. There is a $5.00 entrance fee per vehicle.
If there are less than ten entries in any category, the judges may choose not to award prizes in that category.
One grand prize award of $250 (US) will be chosen from among the first place photos from each category. Winning photos will be printed and exhibited at the Refuge Visitor Center and other venues. Each category will be awarded:
Winning images will be cropped to 8x10 or other sizes for exhibition at the Refuge Visitor Center and other venues.
All submissions will be pre-screened before going into first round judging. If you submit your entries before January 20, 2013, we will notify you by e-mail if your images did not qualify during the pre-screening process. You will then have the opportunity to resubmit before the March 3, 2013 deadline. It is very important that we have your correct e-mail address with your entry so that we can contact you.
This year the contest judging will be closed. Closed judging will allow the judges more time to examine each entry carefully.
Judges will be announced at a later date.
If you have questions pertaining to the photography contest, please send an e-mail to email@example.com or post a message in our flickr discussion group.
1 As stated by the National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest, with small modifications