To celebrate the upcoming 43rd Earth Day (April 22, 2013), the 6th Annual City of Marco Island Amateur Native Wildlife Photo contest is open for entries. The Coastal Breeze News is again sponsoring this contest and will publish winning photos in its May 3rd, 2013 edition. There will be one winning photo in each of the four categories offered. The City of Marco Island City Council will recognize the winning photographers at the regularly scheduled May 6th City Council meeting.
This year, the contest began on March 18th and will be open for submittals of photos through April 24th, 2013. An amateur is defined as any photographer who has not received monetary compensation for photography, whether in exhibits, shows, by sale or through any facet of journalism. Judges are local residents and business owners: Ewout DeVries, Vicki Kelber, David Graff, Victoria Wright, Frank Steiger and me, Nancy Richie. All are professional photographers known for their wildlife photography and/or are passionate for Southwest Florida’s natural environment.
Photo subjects must be of native southwest Floridaspecies – animal or plant – taken, preferably, in the last year. There are four categories – color, black and white and enhanced (such as any alteration to a photo, such as digital alteration, overexposure, extended exposure, added color, color wash or watercolor effects to enhance the photo) – that can be entered by each photographer. There is also one category specifically for photographs of native tree species to celebrate Marco Island’s status as a certified “Tree City USA” for the fourth consecutive year. Each photographer can enter a maximum of four photos in varying categories.
Photographers can use any type of camera. Photos will be judged based primarily on wildlife subject matter – the flora (plants) or fauna (animals) must be a native species to Florida, but also must be the original photo – preferably taken in the last 12 months. Judges will look at photographic details such as focus, saturation and setting. All entered photos must be 8 x 10 inches and be framed in a standard 11 x 14 inch mat.
Thestandard mat can be found at any craft or “dollar store.” Please do not include glass, wood/plastic frames, decorations or any other variation of the 11 x 14 inch mat.
Up to four photos can be submitted by contest entrants in any category. For example, all four photos could be in the color category or two could be in color while the other two are black and white; entrants can also choose to enter their four photos into one of each category: color, black and white, enhanced and native trees; or any combination therein.
Please submit all photos to Nancy Richie at City of Marco Island, City Hall, located at 50 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145. A submission and release form will be provided for entrants to complete when submitting photos. There is no cost to enter. For more details, to inquire if subject matter is a native species to Florida and entry forms for the contest, please go to www.cityofmarcoisland.com or contact Nancy Richie at 239-389-5003 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Have fun and embrace southwest Florida’s unique native wildlife!