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Deadline: August 17, 2014
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2014 ESA photo competition

2014 ESA photo competition The 2014 ESA photo competition is open to anyone of any age. If you’re a keen photographer of nature or landscapes, then enter our photo competition. There is a great range of prizes, and all images will be featured on our website and on Facebook over the next two months. Shortlisted and prize-winning images will be exhibited at the Society’s annual conference in Alice Springs at the end of September.

The Ecological Society of Australia runs this annual competition to promote beauty and diversity of the biodiversity and ecosystems of Australia, and the role of the science of ecology in unraveling their mysteries. Images must either be taken in Australia or its territories, or illustrate the work that Australian ecologists do in other countries.

There are three categories in the competition this year:

1. Out Standing in the Field: Ecologists in Action
This category celebrates how and where we do our work: the wonderful views, the harsh conditions, the innovative solutions. It can include interesting portraits or images of ecologists doing field-work, in the lab, office, lecture theatre or policy arena. Preference will be given to entries that are an engaging image of both the person and the work they are doing. Each image must be accompanied by a short description (maximum 60 words) that describes who the person is and the research or activity they are engaged in.

An ecologist is defined as anyone undertaking ecological research or management (including conservation and restoration). Note that images and the accompanying descriptions that are not clearly focussed on, based on, or derived from the subject of ecology, its discoveries or practice will not be eligible.

2. Niches & Hollows: Adaptive Behaviour and Australian Biodiversity
This category calls for images of plants, animals, ecological communities, study sites, experiments, or any other subjects that illustrate principles, models, theories, projects, patterns, interactions or processes that highlight the study of behavioural ecology and the role adaptation plays in Australian biodiversity. Each image must be accompanied by a short description (maximum 60 words) that describes the subject and its relevance to ecology.

3. Beneath Southern Skies: Unique Australian Landscapes
This category calls for images of landscapes that present the unique diversity of environments that make up the Australian island continent and have shaped our Australian biota. Each image must be accompanied by a short description (maximum 60 words) that describes the landscape and its relevance to ecology.

Points will be awarded primarily for image quality and relevance, e.g. technical quality, aesthetics, sharpness, correct exposure and composition of the image, but also for the interest and relevance of the subject matter and context; and the quality and relevance of the description. The judges allocate a score out of ten to each image according to the following criteria: (a) composition and technical competence including exposure, sharpness, appropriateness for the subject, 50% of the total score; (b) “wow” factor, to what degree does the photo impress and look truly professional 30% of the total score; and (c) ecological interest or significance of the photo, assessed by a combination of the photo and caption 20% of the total.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: In each of the three categories, the judges will award cash prizes for first ($500), second ($300) and third places ($100), and may also award Highly Commended prizes. The other two prizes will be chosen from among all the categories. ELIGIBILITY: Open to All

8 x 12 inches (20 x 30 cm) at 300 dpi, sRGB colour space, jpeg, The compressed file size must not exceed 10MB Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: The entrant must be the copyright owner of all images entered. Notwithstanding the rights conferred by entrants to the ESA below, entrants retain copyright in all original images submitted. USAGE RIGHTS: By submitting an entry, including the image and the caption, entrants agree to license and grant the Ecological Society of Australia a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish and display all or part of their entry for promotion of the competition or the Society, without compensation, restriction on use, or liability. Entrants agree not to assert any moral rights in relation to such use and warrant that they have full authority to grant these rights.

You understand that by giving consent, the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) can use the image to promote ESA activities. The ESA may reproduce the image in any form, in whole or in part, and distribute the works by any medium including the Internet, published material, CD-ROM, or other multimedia. You understand that the Ecological Society of Australia will not pay you for giving this consent or for the use of your image.

The photographer will be acknowledged when the ESA uses, reproduces, modifies, adapts, publishes or displays any images.

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