BirdFest Photo Contest

Todd Katke’s “Bushtit Nest” won first in the 2019 Olympic Peninsula BirdFest Photo Contest. He snapped the photo of a female Bushtit on April 12 at the Dungeness Dike area.

Photos to be taken from April 5th through 17th, 2019
Location: Olympic Peninsula BirdFest territory
Price:  Free

Use your photography skills to celebrate the birds of the Olympic Peninsula by entering the 2019 BirdFest Photography contest! This contest is open to all photographers; BirdFest registration is NOT required to participate. Birds must be photographed on the Olympic Peninsula between April 5-17, 2019. Submit up to three (3) photographs by email to rcoffice@olympus.net. The deadline for photo submission is 11 PM on Saturday April 20. Include the date, location, and bird species in the email.

Contest entries will be judged by a professional bird photographer based on technical and artistic aspects. The winner will be announced on Thursday, April 25 and will receive a $100 credit for participation in the 2020 BirdFest. Second and third place entries will receive $50 and $25 BirdFest credit, respectively.

See the complete contest rules (below) for additional information on image size, image format, digital processing, and file naming requirements.

2019 OLYMPIC PENINSULA BIRDFEST PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
COMPLETE CONTEST RULES

GENERAL

The contest is meant to be a fun event open to all photographers. Olympic Peninsula BirdFest registration is NOT required. Photographs must be taken on the Olympic Peninsula between April 5-17, 2019 by the person submitting the photographs.

By submitting images to this contest, you agree to allow the Olympic Peninsula BirdFest to use your images with appropriate photo credits.

IMPORTANT DATES

April 5-17, 2019 Photographs must be taken during this period to qualify for the contest.
April 20, 2019 Deadline for submission of photographs is 11:00 PM on this date.
April 25. 2019 Winners announced at Olympic Peaks Camera Club Meeting and via social media.

PHOTO SUBMISSION

A maximum of three (3) images may be submitted per photographer.

Images must be submitted in digital format to rcoffice@olympus.net. Please include “BirdFest Photo Contest” in the subject line. Print entries will not be accepted.

Monochrome or color images are acceptable. Images must be formatted and sized as follows: jpg format, minimum size 640 X 480 pixels, maximum size 1920 pixels on the longest side, and maximum resolution of 100 dpi. Do not embed frames, embellishments, watermarks, logos, or your name in the image.

The file name on each submitted image must include the photographer’s last name and first initial.
Example: FinchH_The most amazing photo.jpg

Please include the location, date, and bird species for each submitted photo in the submission email.

Deadline for submitting entries is 11 PM on Saturday April 20, 2019.

GUIDELINES FOR DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING

Routine digital image enhancements such as cropping; adjustment of brightness, contrast, and white balance; and image sharpening are allowed.

Cloning of sensor dust spots and minor artifacts is allowed if it does not significantly alter the composition of the photograph.

The following digital manipulations are not allowed: isolating subjects onto alternate backgrounds; substitution of backgrounds (including sky); compositing two or more images to create the final image for submission; extensive cloning or erasing that alters the composition of the image.

JUDGING

Images will be judged by Tim Boyer, an award-winning bird photographer, book author, and workshop leader.  People’s Choice judging will be via social media.

Images will be judged on technical and artistic aspects including proper exposure and focus, composition, viewer impact, and uniqueness.

Winners will be announced at the Olympic Peaks Camera Club meeting on Thursday, April 25 and via social media. The Camera Club meeting location is Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberle Ln, Sequim, WA 98382. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM and is open to the public.

PRIZES:

The top three winning entries will receive credits for the 2020 Olympic Peninsula BirdFest as follows: 1st Place – $100 credit, 2nd Place – $50 credit, 3rd Place – $25 Credit.