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Winner is: Judged & Voted
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The Egyptian Vulture’s Odyssey

The Egyptian Vulture’s Odyssey

A photography competition, intended to promote the popularization and conservation of the Egyptian Vulture, one of the most endangered bird species on the planet.

We expect a wide variety of inspiring photographs portraying different aspects of the Egyptian vulture’s life; its habitat; beautiful landscapes on the migration route; the difficulties and dangers which the bird is facing; sustainable livelihoods that support the well-being of the vultures and biodiversity as a whole, also relationship of Egyptian vulture with local people like shepherds for example; various nature conservation activities; or just the beauty and uniqueness of this emblematic species.

There are two categories:
1. Photos of the species
2. Landscapes/ photo of the species’ relationship with humans.

All entries will be assessed by a jury panel and by public voting on the project’s Facebook page. The jury panel will declare the 1st and 2nd place winners by choosing one picture of each category. The pictures with highest public vote will be rated on 3rd place. The jurors will select a maximum of 20 photographs to be included in an exhibition, dedicated to the conservation of the Egyptian vulture. The exhibition will be on display in September at the International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD), as well as in various communication materials.

Why the Egyptian vulture?
The Egyptian Vulture – the White Father, the sacred bird of the Pharaohs, The harbinger of spring, the wise bird who uses tools, the only migratory species amongst the European vultures and currently one of the most endangered bird species on the planet. Its population has decreased by 50% in the past 50 years in Europe and by 80% in the past 30 years in the Balkan Peninsula. Bulgaria and Greece are two of the few countries that still shelter this emblematic species. Widening the popularity of the Egyptian vulture will have a big impact on its protection, as there will be an increase of the people who are concerned for its fate. The future of the species is in our hands!

Amateur Photographer of the Year Competition

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: 1st place: A weekend in the Kingdom of Vultures in Bulgaria or Greece. In the autumn of 2016 you will have the opportunity to spend two unforgettable days amongst the vultures of either Bulgaria or Greece. In Bulgaria, you will be able to visit the Nature Conservation Centre “Eastern Rhodopy” to see the Egyptian vultures with a guide, and to stop by a hide, where you will be able to observe and take pictures of the birds. In Greece, you will have the chance to visit the magical place Meteora – one of the last shelters for Egyptian vultures in the country. The project will cover your accommodation and food, but not the travel expenses.
2nd and 3rd place: The winners of 2nd and 3rd places will receive T-shirts of the project, a vulture pin badge and the new Collins Bird Identification Guide in Bulgarian or Greek.
The photographers chosen to participate in the exhibition will receive an Egyptian vulture painting by the wildlife artist Pashalis Dugalis. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Each participant owns the copyright of the submitted images. USAGE RIGHTS: The entrant agrees to allow the Life+ project “The Return of the Neophron” and the partner organizations, BSPB, HOS, WWF Greece and RSPB, to use, free of charge, the entered images for various communication activities connected to the conservation of the species, each time expressly mentioning the author’s name.

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