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Deadline: March 31, 2014
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: $25 for up to ten (10) images.


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BigPicture Natural World Photo Contest

BigPicture BigPicture encourages photographers from around the world to contribute their work to this competition that will both celebrate and illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it through the power of imagery.

Chaired by award-winning photographer and Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers Suzi Eszterhas, this competition welcomes professional-level, high-caliber nature, wildlife and conservation images and is open to all photographers who aim to capture the beauty and fragility of the natural world through an artistic lens. Enter your nature, wildlife and conservation images for a chance to win significant cash and camera prizes.

Catergories:

Land Mammals: Wild animals photographed in their natural habitat anywhere in the world. Images may include land based mammals whether they spend the majority of their time in trees or on the land.

Birds: Wild birds photographed anywhere in the world, in flight or perched or displaying any other behavioral characteristics.

Insects, Reptiles, Marine Mammals, Fish and Amphibians: Wild animals, except land mammals, photographed in their natural habitat anywhere in the world. Images may include reptiles, marine mammals, insects, fish or amphibians.

Waterscapes, Landscapes and Plant Life: Captivating images of wild places with a unique perspective, from expansive landscape vistas of forests, deserts and mountains to the micro habitats of plants and other flora. Images may include water environments of oceans, lakes and rivers with images taken above or under water including waves, tide pools and other water scenes.

Conservation Imagery: Images that tell a visual story about conservation issues of the natural world. Images should illustrate the impacts of humans on the environment and can be either positive or negative impact stories.

We are looking for striking digital images that feature and celebrate the natural world. They can be of animals on land, in the air and beneath the water’s surface and from anywhere in the world. We also welcome stunning landscape and waterscape images. Black and white or color image of nature are welcomed. Do not include photographs of pets or domestic animals. Images of captive animals photographed in game farms or roadside zoos, or animals from these facilities photographed elsewhere with handler’s control, will be disqualified. Captive animals photographed in major zoos, wildlife research facilities or rehabilitation centers are acceptable.

Photographs will be judged by a nine member Jury of professional photographers and photo professionals according to the criteria below:

Overall Impact: 35% – Evokes the diversity of life and inspires conservation.

Originality: 30% – A unique perspective or a rarely captured moment.

Aesthetic Impact: 20% – Composition, lighting, framing, perspective, use of color, etc.

Technical Expertise: 15% – Sharp, exposure, depth of field, tonal range.

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Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Grand Prize Winner (Adult Division)
$5,000 cash prize
4-Section 8X Carbon Fiber Tripod by Calumet
Heavy Duty 3 Way Quick-Release Head by Calumet
Pro Series Large Backpack by Calumet
A Rolling Camera Case Plus by Calumet
Prospec Imaging 64GB 1010x UDMA 7 Pro CF Card
82mm Circular Polarizer Multi-Coated Filter by Calumet
82mm Neutral Density 0.9 8x Multi-Coated Filter by Calumet
82mm UV Multi-Coated Filter by Calumet
52″ Round Translucent ZipDisc 4 in 1 by Calumet
Calumet Gift Card for Paper Allowance $200

5 First Place Category Winners (Adult Division)
$1000 cash prize
4-Section 8x Tripod with Ball Head by Calumet
Pro Series Large Backpack by Calumet
82mm Circular Polarizer Multi-Coated Filter by Calumet
82mm Neutral Density 0.9 8x Multi-Coated Filter by Calumet
82mm UV Multi-Coated Filter by Calumet
Prospec Imaging 6GB 1010x UDMA 7 Pro CF Card
Calumet Gift Card for Paper Allowance $100

5 Runner Up Category Winners (Adult Division)
Pro Series Small Backpack by Calumet
Prospec Imaging 16GB 1010x UDMA 7 Pro CF Card
4-Section Monopod by Calumet
77mm Circular Polarizer Multi-Coated Filter by Calumet
77mm UV Multi-Coated Filter by Calumet
77mm Neutral Density 0.9 8x Multi-Coated Filter by Calumet
Calumet Gift Card for Paper Allowance $100

Honorable Mentions (Adult Division)
A limited edition certificate of recognition from BigPicture presented by California Academy of Sciences

1 First Place Winner (Youth Division)
32″ (81cm) Zigzag Gold/White ZipDisc by Calumet
Pro Series Medium Sling Bag by Calumet
77mm Circular Polarizer Multi-Coated Filter by Calumet
77mm UV Multi-Coated Filter by Calumet
Prospec Imaging 16GB 1010x UDMA 7 CF Card
Calumet Gift Card for Paper Allowance $50

1 Runner Up Winner (Youth Division)
Pro Series Medium Sling Bag by Calumet
77mm Circular Polarizer Multi-Coated Filter by Calumet
77mm UV Multi-Coated Filter by Calumet
Prospec Imaging 16GB 1010x UDMA 7 CF Card
Calumet Gift Card for Paper Allowance $50

Honorable Mentions (Youth Division)
A limited edition certificate of recognition from BigPicture presented by California Academy of Sciences

1 First Place Winner (Kids Division)
32″ (81cm) Zigzag Gold/White ZipDisc by Calumet
Pro Series Medium Sling Bag by Calumet
77mm Circular Polarizer Multi-Coated Filter by Calumet
77mm UV Multi-Coated Filter by Calumet
Prospec Imaging 16GB 1010x UDMA 7 CF Card
Calumet Gift Card for Paper Allowance $50

1 Runner Up Winner (Kids Division)

Pro Series Medium Sling Bag by Calumet
77mm Circular Polarizer Multi-Coated Filter by Calumet
77mm UV Multi-Coated Filter by Calumet
Prospec Imaging 16GB 1010x UDMA 7 CF Card
Calumet Gift Card for Paper Allowance $50

Honorable Mentions
A limited edition certificate of recognition from BigPicture presented by California Academy of Sciences ELIGIBILITY: Open to All

JPEGs, saved at the highest quality setting in sRGB and must be at least 1920 pixels on the longest dimension Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Entrants’ submissions must be original and must not infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person. Entrants retain ownership and all other rights submitted photographs subject to the following: USAGE RIGHTS: By entering the Competition, each entrant grants to the Academy a non-exclusive, irrevocable license to reproduce, publish and display submitted images in all media throughout the world in relation to the Competition, including but not limited to use in the context of the Academy website and social media sites, an Exhibition relating to the Competition, a portfolio book regarding the Competition, and promotional and marketing materials regarding the Competition and Exhibition. Commercial opportunities regarding an image will be negotiated separately.

If you wish to donate any of your images to Academy for its unrestricted use in furthering our mission to explore, explain and sustain life, please check the donation box during uploading. Donors grant Academy, its subsidiaries, affiliates and partners an irrevocable, non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide license to reproduce, publish, circulate or otherwise use the image in any medium and for any purpose, now known or hereafter developed. Donation of images is not required and will not affect an entrant’s opportunity to win the competition and will only apply to entrants who indicate that they wish to donate images. Academy greatly appreciates all image donations.

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