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Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest
To promote awareness and appreciation of the refuge, the Friends of the Loxahatchee Refuge is sponsoring its 27th Annual Photography Contest. Over $1,800 (US) will be given out in prizes for 7 categories and for a Grand Prize winner.
All entries must be taken within the boundaries of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (ARMLNWR). Entrants are encouraged to submit images from the Hillsboro and 20 Mile Bend access areas.
Entries will be judged on technical excellence, originality, creativity, visual impact, and artistic merit. All decisions of the judges are final.
Wildlife – Animals in their natural habitat.
Flora and Macro – Flowers, trees, and shrubs in their natural habitat. Images of plants and animals taken with specialized equipment for macro photography.
Landscapes – Expansive and dramatic views of the land and its features. Photographs in this category may include images of people enjoying the refuge.
Artistic – Artistic compositions in nature both natural and manipulated in post processing (infrared, unlimited digital manipulation). Photographs in this category may include images of people enjoying the refuge.
Photo Essay – A sequence of three to six images that tells a story or spotlights a behavior. Each sequence of 3 to 6 images counts as a single image entry toward the 5 that you are allowed to enter. Photographs in this category may include images of people enjoying the refuge.
Point-n-Shoot – Photographs taken with small digital cameras, camera phones, and other small portable devices. Each photograph must fit into one of the categories above.
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.
Each submission is limited to a total of no more than 5 images.
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 and Photo Essay. 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; artistic digital filters and effects. Examples of artistic filters and effects are watercolor, neon glow, posterizing, stained glass, and others which do not show the scene in its natural way.
Winners and Honorably Mentioned photographs will be displayed at the refuge Visitors Center, published on the contest web site, and in the annual refuge calendar. Select photographs will also be made available for sale at the Visitors Center store.
The Everglades Photographic Society will coordinate and conduct the contest for the refuge.
Contest Prize & TERMS
1st Place – $100 and a ribbon.
2nd Place – $75 and a ribbon.
3rd Place – $50 and a ribbon.
Three Honorable Mention Winners – ribbon.
COPYRIGHT: The photographer retains the copyright of the submitted images but must agree to allow the Refuge to use and publish the submitted entries without further compensation to the copyright holder.
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