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fotohunting-fotópályázat-2014A HUNTINGPress Nemzetközi Fotóügynökség ismét meghirdeti nemzetközi, nyilvános fotópályázatát. A világ bármely részéről várjuk profi és amatőr fotósok felvételeit. A fotópályázat témája: “Párzás”.

Ez a téma ismét igen sok lehetőséget kínál a fotósok számára: az apró rovarok párzása ugyanúgy téma, mint a rétisasok szerelmes röpte, vagy akár az őzek üzekedésének beteljesülése, a borítás.

A beérkezett pályázati anyagokat a megszokott módon a Magyar VADÁSZLAP szerkesztősége fogja elbírálni. A zsűri által legjobbnak ítélt három fotó készítői egyhetes foto-szafarin vehetnek részt a HM VERGA Zrt., a Bakonyerdő Zrt. illetőleg a Gemenc Zrt. területén 2015 szeptemberében.

A pályamunkák válogatott anyagából kiállítást szervezünk 2015 februárjában, a XXII. FeHoVá-n.

A pályázat részleteiről a HUNTINGPress.eu oldalon adunk négy nyelven tájékoztatást. Ugyanitt közöljük a megmérettetés végeredményét 2014. november 20-án.

A maximum 10 felvételből álló pályázati anyagot .jpg formátumban CD-n (1031 Budapest, Rozália utca 59/a.) vagy e-mailen (foto@fotohunting.hu) küldheti, nevezheti be a pályázó. Mind a postai úton, mind az e-mailben történő jelentkezéskor fel kell tüntetni a pályázó nevét, címét és telefonszámát, valamint a beküldött fotók címét. Pályázni az eredeti képekből készített nézőképekkel lehet, amelyeknek mérete a fotó hosszabbik oldalán minimum 1900 px.

A díjazott és kiállításra beválogatott munkákat utólag nagy felbontásban is el kell küldenie a pályázónak.

A beküldési határidő 2014. november 15.

A Fotóügynökség fenntartja magának a jogot, hogy a beküldött pályázati anyagokat – az eredményhirdetés után – beemelje kínálatába, így a pályázatra jelentkezés feltétele, hogy a fotós szerződést kössön a Fotóügynökséggel.

Minden eladott felvétel után a szerző megkapja a honoráriumát. A Fotóügynökség honlapján az alábbi címen lehet regisztrálni:

http://fotohunting.hu/hu/csatlakozas

Más fotópályázaton díjazott képeket a pályázók NEM küldhetnek be. Etikai követelmény, hogy a beküldött felvételek természetes körülmények között készüljenek.

A pályázó a pályázati anyag beküldésével:

– elfogadja a pályázati feltételeket,
– nyilatkozik, hogy az általa feltöltött képek szerzői joga őt illeti, a feltöltött fotókon szereplő személyek beleegyezésével rendelkezik, továbbá a feltöltött kép nem sérti más személyiségi jogait,
– kijelenti, hogy a zsűri döntését elfogadja, az ellen panaszt nem tesz, azt bíróságon és egyéb fórumon meg nem támadja.

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The competition opened on 1 February 2011, with a prize fund of up to £20,000. The British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2011 are your chance to win a prestigious photography award and cash prize of £5,000.

The British Wildlife Photography Awards were established in 2009. The key aims of the Awards are to:

* Recognise the talents of photographers practicing in the UK, while at the same time highlight the great wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history.
* Celebrate British wildlife, in all its beauty and diversity, through a collection of inspirational photographs.
* Showcase the very best of our nature photography to a wide audience and engage all ages with evocative and powerful imagery.
* Encourage discovery, exploration, conservation and enjoyment of our natural heritage.
* Raise awareness about British biodiversity, species and habitats.

Winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a national touring exhibition and in a stunning book published by AA Publishing. Now in its third year these awards celebrate and recognise the talents of photographers of all nationalities practicing in the UK, while at the same time, highlight the great wealth and diversity of British natural history.

Prizes
Adult Competition

The title of British Wildlife Photographer is given to the photographer whose single image is judged to be the most striking and memorable of all the entries. The photographer of the overall winning image is awarded a first prize of £5,000.
Adult categories

The prizes for each of the adult categories will have a total value around £1,000. Each category prize includes: (or equivalent)

* Canon PowerShot G12 Camera
* Canon Pixma Pro 9000 MK II Printer
* RSPB Binoculars

Video award

Canon LEGRIA HF S21 High Definition Digital Camcorder (value £969.00).
Young Awards

There are three special awards to encourage participation by young people, schools and youth community groups.

* Young British Wildlife Photographer (Up to 11 years old) £300
* Young British Wildlife Photographer (12 to 18 years old) £500
* The British Wildlife Photography Award – for Schools, Youth and Community Groups is given to the group submitting the portfolio judged to be the most memorable, striking and best set of themed images. The prize for the best school youth or community group is Serif Design Suite – value £3,000. A copy of the Serif Design Suite for each of the contributors (£149)* which contains five software titles covering; graphics, photo editing, digital video, DTP and web design. The school or organisation will receive a 50 user license on the Serif Design Suite (£2,199) and a Digital Video camera (£149)
*Maximum of five individual copies of the software for the winning entrants.

Serif is the publisher of the award-winning software range that includes PagePlus ®, PhotoPlus™, DrawPlus ™, WebPlus™, AlbumPlus™, MoviePlus™, PanoramaPlus™ and Digital Scrapbook Artist ® and more. Founded in 1987 with the aim to develop low-cost alternatives to high-end publishing and graphics packages, Serif has been repeatedly praised for its powerful yet easy-to-use software which enables businesses, educational establishments, and ordinary PC users to achieve professional-quality results whatever their level of experience.

Categories
Animal Portraits

We are looking for an image that captures the character or spirit of the subject in an imaginative way. We want to be able to get a sense of the animal’s “personality” from the photograph. All species will be considered.
Animal Behaviour

Entries can show unusual, interesting, amusing or remarkable behaviour being exhibited, or depict something familiar in a new light. Show the judges something they don’t know or haven’t seen before, or invite them to look again at what they thought they already knew.
Urban Wildlife

Wherever we live, wildlife can be found alongside us in our towns and cities. We are looking for an original image that shows wild animals or plants within an urban or predominantly man-made environment.
Hidden Britain

Reveal to us the secret universe that is life on a small scale – a life that is all around us but rarely seen. This category is for invertebrate species only. Category sponsored by Buglife.
Coast and Marine

We are looking for an imaginative photograph that reveals the nature or behaviour of marine wildlife, or creates a sense of place or occasion. Marine and maritime species near the sea, underwater, at the sea shore and coastal zone only will be considered. Category sponsored by WWF.
Wildlife in my Backyard

Gardens represent a vital habitat for some of our most threatened species. Whether it is common or rare, we want to see stunning photos of wildlife in your garden, back yard, balcony, or any space where you, your friends or family do something to encourage nature. Category sponsored by the Countryside Council for Wales.
Habitat

We are looking for an imaginative and original image that powerfully portrays the importance of the environment and ecosystems that sustain the wildlife within them. This includes animals, plants and the relationships between them; for example a butterfly feeding on nectar or rooks roosting in a tree. Category sponsored by Countryside Jobs Service.
Living Landscape: Connectivity

Category sponsored by The Wildlife Trusts. Being connected to the natural world is great for our health, our happiness and for the future. All are inextricably linked. And so The Wildlife Trusts are working on a recovery plan for nature. It’s their vision to create a resilient environment; one rich in wildlife and great for people. What they call ‘A Living Landscape’.

This category is purposefully open to interpretation to encourage creativity and fresh and imaginative responses. Connectivity might be physical, sensory, seasonal or otherwise. We are keen to see how this category captures the imagination and how connectivity within the UK landscape is defined. Positive images illustrating how habitats, species, communities and individuals are all connected, and interconnect, within our natural environment, both in rural and urban settings, are encouraged. Whether images capture an imaginative or purely narrative approach; are simple or complex, the winning image will be breath-taking, mesmerising and powerful.

Some typical (and not exclusive) examples:

* Bee species pollinating crops directly links wildlife with the economy
* Salt marshes acting as a buffer between land and seas
* Hedgerows play a part in keeping the countryside ‘stitched’ together
* Estuaries are the connection for freshwater species with marine life
* Rivers connecting streams to the sea
* Sensory connections: the sights and sounds of everyday nature
* Children playing in a meadow, part of a bigger habitat restoration scheme
* Close up of a wall or pavement, showing the life these physical connections harbour eg lichens, invertebrates
* Practical conservation volunteers at work, the birth of a new habitat where people come to connect with nature
* Delight at witnessing a grandchild’s wonderment during their first wildlife encounter
* School parties connecting within their local community green spaces
* Symbolic images that epitomize our connection with nature and our landscape

British Seasons

For this category we are looking for a stunning portfolio of images. The portfolio needs to portray British wildlife at its very best in each of the four seasons; Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, or a portfolio of up to four from just one season. Each image needs to capture the essence of each season together with the wildlife subject, from any British location. The portfolio must work together as a set, themes are also encouraged. Each portfolio can either be four seasons or a single season. Category sponsored by RSPB.
Documentary Series

The documentary award can be a sequence of images of any British wildlife, conservation or environmental issue. The judges will be looking for innovation in story telling, within a portfolio of up to six images.
Wildlife on Video

The judges will be looking for the most inspirational and dynamic sequence (up to a minute) which clearly illustrates the unique power of video as a medium for capturing British wildlife. Any aspect of British wildlife will be considered. Category sponsored by Canon.

Some typical (and not exclusive) examples of short films:

* Creating a memorable portrait of a British wildlife species
* Highlighting a specific conservation issue related to British wildlife
* Showing unusual or remarkable behaviour
* About an individual animal such as a local fox who visits your garden or a special rescue case
* On a specific area or reserve that is special to you

Competition Fees

Credits (£5 per credit)
Category Number of entries
Adult competition

Single image: 2 credits

Up to 5 images: 3 credits

Up to 10 images: 4 credits

Up to 20 images: 5 credits

Up to 40 images: 7 credits
Adults may enter a maximum of 40 images/video sequences across all categories. There is no limit per category.

Seasons category

Per portfolio: 3 credits
Each portfolio must have exactly 4 images. No limit to number of portfolios within overall limit of 40 images/sequences.

Documentary category

Per portfolio: 3 credits
Each portfolio can have up to 6 images. No limit to number of portfolios within overall limit of 40 images/sequences.

Video category

Per sequence: 2 credits
Up to 40 sequences within overall limit of 40 images/sequences (adults)
Young photographer: 1 credit Up to 8 images only.
Schools and youth groups

Per portfolio: 2 credits
Each portfolio can have up to 5 images. No limit to number of portfolios (can be more than 40 images overall)

Deadline: June 2nd, 2011

Official website: http://www.bwpawards.org/

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Youth ages 10 – 18 and adults are invited to submit photographs for entry no later than June 1, 2011 to 517 Cobblestone Court, Suite 2, Madison, MS 39110. Overall winners will be announced Sunday, August 7, 2011 during the 25th Annual Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza at the Trade Mart in Jackson, MS.

Age Groups

YOUTH DIVISIONS

* 10 – 12
* 13 – 15
* 16 – 18

ADULT
Open to anyone over age 18

Categories

* Mississippi’s Natural Landscapes
* Wildlife Birds (Wildlife must be native to MS)
* Wildlife Other (Wildlife must be native to MS)
* People (People must be engaged in some type of outdoor activity – hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking, etc.)
* Floral Macro (Subject should fill entire frame.)
* Macro (Wildlife / Nature – Subject should fill entire frame.)

Contest Rules

1. Entrants are limited to three (3) entries per category.
2. Each entry must have a completed registration form attached.
3. Entries must be received by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation no later than June 1, 2011.
4. No submission may be manipulated prior to entry (adding or removing objects that were not there when the photograph was taken, no special effects). Cropping is allowed.

Instructions

* Submit unmatted, unframed photograph as an 8X10 only. This rule applies to digital, film and slide photographs. Photo must be printed on a good quality photo paper.
* Attach completed registration form on back of each entry.
* Attach envelope in which negative is enclosed on back of each entry with your name and negative number printed on the envelope. If negative strip contains the negative of more than one entry, indicate the correct negative number on the envelope. If you submit a CD instead of negatives, make sure the JPEG image is 300 DPI and sized to an 8×10 for enlargement purposes. All photographs submitted may be placed on one CD. Slides are also accepted but photographs must be printed for judging purposes.
* Enclose $10.00 entry fee and mail to the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, 517 Cobblestone Court, Suite 2, Madison, MS 39110 no later than June 1, 2011. This fee is $10.00 per person NOT per picture entered.

Prize

The first place photograph in each category and age group will be enlarged courtesy of Digital Imaging Group , LLC (601/939-2008) to an 8X10 for display during the Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza scheduled August 5-7, 2011 at the Trade Mart in Jackson, MS. These photographs will also be displayed on our website, www.mswildlife.org. From these finalists one will be picked as the Best Overall Photograph in both the Adult and Youth Divisions and awarded a $300 gift certificate each. New is the Judges Special Recognition Award, which may or may not be awarded annually. If awarded, the winner receives a $100 gift certificate. The winning photographs will also be published in MWF’s magazine, Mississippi Wildlife (possible cover) and other MWF publications. The overall winner in each division will be announced on stage at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 7, 2011. Pictures, negatives, slides and/or CDs will not be returned unless specified on the registration form. Finalists’ enlarged photographs may be used by MWF as display material for educational programs. Appropriate credit will be given to photographers.

Note: By entering photographs in this contest I grant the Mississippi Wildlife Federation unrestricted rights to use said photographs (not to be resold or for profit) as long as appropriate credit is given the photographer.

Download 2011 Youth & Adult Photography Contest Entry Form – (Remember to attach one entry form to the back of each photo submitted.)

Visit Official Website

Photo by Jason L. Price

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All photographs must be of natural fauna, flora or wilderness. Entries are to be uploaded as a JPEG files, via this website. All photographs must have been taken in the bioregion. For the purposes of this competition, this means Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the New Guinea region.

The region of New Guinea is limited to the west by the Wallace Line (the bio-geographical line extending between Bali and Lombok northward through the Makassar Strait between Borneo and Sulawesi). To the east the New Guinea region includes the Bismarck and Solomon Archipelagos and islands of the South West Pacific.

Entries in all sections are invited from photographers who use either digital or film cameras. Judges will consider the photographic technique plus the aesthetic, artistic and unique quality of all images when making their selections.
There are ten categories in the competition. Black and white images may only be entered in the Black & White category or the Junior category.

Categories

Animal Behaviour – the subject(s) must be engaged in natural activity.

Animal Portrait – the subject must be photographed close up, occupying at least 30% of the frame.

Botanical – this may be a portrait or habitat shot.

Underwater – this may be a portrait or habitat shot.

Wilderness – the landscape or seascape must have minimal evidence of human interference.

Threatened Species – the subject(s) may be photographed in any of the following ways: in portrait, engaged in natural activity, or in its natural habitat. All entries in this category (flora or fauna) must be verified by an official reference, valid for any of the previous five years prior to the date of close of entries. This can be obtained from the country’s state or federal government agency concerned with verifying the subject’s threatened, rare, vulnerable or endangered status.

Black & White – the subject(s) must be chosen that would qualify for any of the first six categories. This category includes all monochrome photography including sepia-toned and infrared photographs.

Interpretive – the subject(s) must be chosen that would qualify for categories 1 to 6. This category is designed for those photographers who wish to experiment graphically with their images.

Our Impact – the image must depict human impact on the natural environment, be it terrestrial, marine or atmospheric. This impact may be negative or positive. The choice of subjects is broad, including any subject that would qualify for categories 1 to 6, or may extend beyond these to subjects relating to pollution and climate change.

Junior – the entrant must be under 18 years of age at the date of close of entries. Entries must fit the criteria of any of the other nine categories. Junior photographers are welcome to enter in any of the other nine categories instead of the Junior category.

Up to four images may be entered in each of the ten categories. The judges will choose a winner and runner-up for each category. Entries not placed but of a particularly high standard will form the basis of the subsequent exhibition.

A prize will also be awarded to the photographer who enters the best portfolio of six or more entries.

The overall winner of the competition will be the photographer of the image judged the best of all images entered and will be named ANZANG Nature Photography Overall Winner.

Prizes

  • The ANZANG Nature Photography Overall Winner receives AU$5000 plus a certificate.
  • A prize of AU$1000 plus a certificate will be awarded to each of the nine category winners with the runners-up receiving AU$500 plus a certificate.
  • The Junior winner will receive AU$300 plus a certificate with the runner-up receiving AU$100 plus a certificate.
  • A prize of AU$1000 plus a certificate will be awarded to the photographer who enters the best portfolio of six or more entries.
  • A People’s Choice Award of AU$500 will be awarded to the public’s favourite photographer as voted during the exhibition at the South Australian Museum.

Deadline: March 18th, 2011
Visit Competition Website

Welcome to Amateur Photographer of the Year 2011 in association with Canon. This week we launch Round one, Shooting trees, where the first-prize winner will receive a fantastic Canon EOS 60D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens.


Whether you are a regular APOY entrant or have never entered before, now is your chance to submit an image and see if you can win one of Canon’s flagship cameras.

We’re looking for original, imaginative and technically well-executed images that explore the theme in an exciting way. We have included a table outlining the themes for each round, plus the closing dates and the issues in which the results will appear. In the first issue and online every month we will publish a brief explaining the criteria for that round.

Our judges will narrow down the images to a shortlist of 50, and will look again at the images and award points for creativity, technical excellence and how far the image fulfils the brief. The three images with the most points will win the top three prizes for that round. The top 30 highest scoring images will be published in the magazine at the end of the month and the scores from the top 50 finalists will be added to our league table. The names of the top 50 finalists and their points scores will be posted on our website after each round. The person with the most points after the final round will be crowned Amateur Photographer of the Year 2011 and win £5,000 worth of Canon equipment.

Contest Prize & TERMS

Prize Details: Over £25,000 in prizes to be won

Eligibility: Amateur Photographers / International

Copyright: Copyright of all entries remains with the photographer

Usage Rights: IPC and Canon (UK) Limited and their associated group companies reserve the right to use, publish and republish entries in connection with the competition, without payment.

By entering this competition you grant permission to IPC and Canon (UK) Limited and their associated group companies to reproduce your photos in electronic format and hard copy including for display at an exhibition, in IPC’s Amateur Photographer magazine and on IPC’s and Canon (UK) Limited’s website should they be selected to promote the competition.

You grant IPC and Canon (UK) Limited the right to use your name and town or city of residence for the sole purpose of identifying you as the author of your photos and/or as a winner or runner-up of the APOY competition.

Deadline: 25th November 2011
Entry Fee: Free to Enter
Prize: Over £25,000 in prizes to be won

Enter Official Website

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Photographers Focus Lens on Shot at Publication in National Geographic, $10,000 Prize
Global National Geographic Photography Contest Now Accepting Entries

WASHINGTON (Sept. 21, 2010)—National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2010 National Geographic Photography Contest. The grand-prize winner of the global contest will receive $10,000 (USD) — the first monetary prize ever offered by National Geographic magazine for a photo contest — and the photographer’s winning image will be published in worldwide editions of National Geographic magazine. Open to both professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts, the grand-prize winner also will receive a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2011.

Entrants of all skill levels can now visit www.ngphotocontest.com to submit photographs across three categories: People, Places and Nature. Entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit on the number of submissions per entrant. Entries must be in digital format and submitted electronically. The contest ends Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Online photo galleries featuring top submissions received to date in each category will be updated weekly on the contest’s home page. Using National Geographic’s Voting Machine, Web users can vote for their favorite entries, and a Viewers’ Choice winner will be selected. In addition, users can download wallpapers and complete jigsaw puzzles featuring contest entries.

“National Geographic magazine reflects life on our planet in a universal language that unveils the world like no other — photography,” said Kurt Mutchler, National Geographic magazine’s executive editor of photography. “Many photographers dream of publication in National Geographic magazine. We’re therefore thrilled to invite a global audience to this year’s photo competition who can turn that dream into a reality.”

Judged on creativity and photographic quality, one first-place winner will be selected in each category by a panel of experts. From the three category winners, the overall global grand-prize winner will be selected. The contest judges are natural history photographer Joel Sartore (“Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species”); landscape photographer Len Jenshel; and National Geographic magazine senior photo editor Sadie Quarrier. The judges will announce the global grand-prize winner in December 2010.

Entry into the 2010 National Geographic Photography Contest began Thursday, Sept. 16, and ends Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, 9:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into the contest. While entries must be in digital format and submitted electronically, photographs need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies or photographic prints are acceptable. Photographs must have been taken within two years of the date of entry. For details and official contest rules, visit www.ngphotocontest.com. Void where prohibited.

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First Annual ZeissImages.com Photo Contest

Zeiss Images is pleased to announce the much anticipated photography contest which will award a brand new Zeiss 50mm Planar in either ZF2, ZE or ZS mount to the lucky winner. The prize lens will be provided by Zeiss. Their generosity is greatly appreciated.

The theme this year will be, “As seen through your eyes”. This theme will allow the photographer to express his or her vision without restricting the creative ability.

You can submit up to 3 photographs per category to the following categories. Landscape, Glamor, People, Nature and City/Architecture. These categories will be created later for submission of photographs. Do not submit them to the regular gallery categories with similar names. Upload photos via the gallery home page. Just put them in the appropriate category when uploaded.

A panel of judges will consist of individuals from two respected companies serving the global photographic community for many years. Popflash.com in the United States and RoberWhite.co.uk in Great Britain. The judges will review the photographs submitted and select the finalists from each category based on creativity, quality and originality. Each of these finalists will then be grouped into one final category where the winning photograph will be selected based on the same criteria used for the finalists selection.

This contest is an opportunity for photographers to showcase their photographs taken with Zeiss lenses. There are no fees or exchange of services required to participate in the contest. This is simply a way for ZeissImages.com to show it’s appreciation for members using the site free of charge. However, we will be showcasing the winners artwork on the site.

We ask that you follow these basic rules and guidelines:

The contest is open to ZeissImages.com members only.
All photographs submitted must have been captured with a Zeiss lens.
You agree that yo are the sole owner of the photograph submitted and are obeying copyright protection laws.
You can submit up to 3 photographs per category.
You can update, delete or add new photographs as long as it is done before the deadline date

Deadline for submissions are Aug 1st, 2010.

Prizes are as follow:

First place – Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Planar in ZF2, ZE or ZS mount. Courtesy of Zeiss.
Second place – Lowepro camera bag. Model yet to be determined.
Third place – An 8 gig Compact or SD card.

Please help us spread the word about ZeissImages.com and mention our name on other photography sites.

Note: We are currently trying to expand the prize offerings. Should we be successful in our attempts we will amend this page.

We may amend these rules at any time by posting the amended rules here.

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Entries in the 2010 ANZANG Nature Photography Competition are now open.

Entry Fee: AU$38 first image, AU$22 each subsequent image. Youth Category AU$10 / AU$5

Prize Details: The ANZANG Nature Photography Overall Winner receives AU$5000 plus a certificate, and many more prizes.

Eligibility: All ages and nationalities accepted. Photograph museum be taken in the ANZANG bioregion (Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica, New Guinea)

Copyright: The entrant grants the South Australian Museum the right to free reproduction and exhibition of all shortlisted, prize-winning and highly commended images in all media, but only in association with promotion and publicity for this competition and exhibition. This includes the production of a touring exhibition and an exhibition publication in the form of a book or catalogue. Due photographic credit will be given. Any other image application will be undertaken only after consultation with the photographer.

Deadline: 28 March 2010

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refugeThe National Wildlife Refuge Association
announces the 2009 Refuge Photo Contest – a digital photo contest to showcase
America’s national wildlife refuges.

The National Wildlife Refuge System has no equal when it comes to conserving our nation’s rich wildlife heritage. The over 550 refuges are home to more than 700 bird species, 220 mammal species, 250 reptile and amphibian species, and over 200 species of fish. Such a diverse array of wildlife means that the Refuge System contains both rare and common types of habitat — everything from southwest desert to arctic tundra. For 40 million visitors each year, refuges provide a welcome retreat to natural surroundings. That’s why we are pleased to conduct this exciting national wildlife refuge digital photo contest.

You can submit your National Wildlife Refuge System images on this site beginning May 1, 2009. There is a $10 entry fee per entrant.

Images can be of birds, mammals, insects, fish, other animals, plants, people, or refuge scenery, in short, almost any sight at a national wildlife refuge can be submitted for this contest.

Entries for the 2009 Contest must be submitted by July 15, 2009. Results will be announced in October 2009 in connection with Refuge Week.

Results of the contest will be prominently featured on our website. Selected photos will be added to NWRA’s digital Refuge Image Library, an online searchable gallery of images taken at national wildlife refuges. Click here to see a collection of all the winning images from the 2008 Contest.

Prizes will include the great products shown on the right. In addition, all photographers submitting an entry to the General Category will receive a complimentary one year membership in the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA), the only organization working exclusively to protect, enhance and expand the National Wildlife Refuge System. See the Contest Prize Page for more information on these and the additional prizes offered by our contest partners.

Winning entries will be selected by two rounds of judging. The first round will select at least 200 images to be included in the NWRA Refuge Image Library. The second round will result in the selection of the top prize winners.

See the Contest Rules and Procedures for more information.

forrás: http://www.refugeassociation.org/

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gardenThe competition is Entries are welcome from any country in the world. There are no restrictions on the type of camera you use, or the techniques you use to produce your final image.

The categories of the Competition are:
(a) Plant Portraits;
(b) Wildlife in the Garden;
(c) Garden Views;
(d) People in the Garden;
(e) Trees;
(f) World Botanic Gardens;
(g) The Edible Garden;

The judges will select around 100 finalists whose photographs will be printed to exhibition standard and planned to be shown at a major exhibition at Kew Gardens, London in the summer of 2009, with substantial press coverage. All finalists will receive an invitation to the private view. Details of this will be announced later in the year.
One finalist will win the title ‘Garden Photographer of the Year’ and an under 16 finalist will win ‘Young Garden Photographer of the Year’.

Each category will have a winner and two runner-up prizes. An additional prize will be awarded for the best portfolio and there will be two portfolio runners-up prizes.

Prizes:

Best overall Single Image*: £5,000 cash and the title “Garden Photographer of the Year”

Best overall Portfolio: £3,000 cash, £2,000 Calumet Photographic Vouchers, plus more than £1,000 worth of vouchers from Manfrotto, Kata and Visible Dust

Best in Category (eg ‘Plant Portraits’): £700 cash, plus more than £700 in Kata, Manfrotto and Visible Dust vouchers

The competition costs £10 to enter. You can pay in British Pounds, Euros, or US Dollars.

As at 26.03.08 – £10 = €13 approx
As at 26.03.08 – £10 = $20 approx

(Note that the exchange rate applied will be that defined by the banking system; we do not have any control over this.)

First, you must choose which category fits your image best.

For £10 you can enter up to 4 photographs in one of the categories. If you wish to enter another category, then this costs an additional £10 for up to 4 photographs . You can enter as many photographs in as many categories as you like.

So you can, for example, buy 4 entries for ‘Plant Portraits’. You can then, if you wish, buy 4 more entries for ‘Plant Portraits’, or 4 more entries for a different category- it is entirely your decision.

Or you may choose to enter a portfolio of 6 themed photographs . This costs £20 per category entered. You can enter as many portfolios as you like.

So you can, for example, buy a portfolio entry for ‘Plant Portraits’. You can then, if you wish, buy a second portfolio entry for ‘Plant Portraits’, or a portfolio entry for a different category- it is entirely your decision.

As at 26.03.08 – £20 = €26 approx
As at 26.03.08 – £20 = $40 approx

Note that portflio photographs will not be judged as single images. They will only be judged as one of six themed photographs.

Preparing your Images

We recommend that you make your final decision on which photographs you are going to enter before you upload them to the competition.

You must have taken the picture on a camera that will enable good prints to be made from them for
the exhibition at Kew .This means that if your photograph is shortlisted, you will need to supply high quality jpeg images of around 1 megabyte as a minimum. More advanced users should aim to supply image files in 8bit TIFF format, with a filesize between 20-50 mb – this size would enable us to make larger prints if desired.

You can still be a winner with a small camera – commended pictures will also be shown in a special online gallery during 2009.

Digital manipulation by software such as Photoshop is allowed.

* Copyright: If your image is short-listed you will be contacted and invited to grant permission for your image to be used to promote the Competition and exhibition only. For avoidance of doubt, no free usage of any photograph is permitted by International Garden Photographer of the Year, or any of its partners or sponsors outside the scope of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition and exhibition. There is no plan envisaged by International Garden Photographer of the Year, or any of its partners or sponsors, to create a general commercial archive of photographs entered into this competition.
* Eligibility: open to everyone, amateurs and professionals alike.
* Entry fee: £10 for single image and £20 for portfolio
* Third competiton opens: March 2009. Deadline Nov 30th 2009.

Official website: http://www.igpoty.com/competition.asp?parent=competition