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In the 2020 photo competition, first place went to Ellen Trevor from Sanibel, Florida, for her great heron portrait entitled “Carry Out Lunch”.

July 15th marked the opening of the 29th year “Thing” Darling Day amateur nature photography competition. The deadline for entries is September 15, 2021; all entries must be submitted electronically. The cash prizes are $ 300 for first place, $ 225 for second, and $ 175 for third.

The competition sponsored by the “Thing” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge takes place in conjunction with “Thing” Favorite day, October 10, 2021 (www.dingdarlingday.com).

The full competition rules are listed below. An entry form and other contest information can be found at dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/photo-contests. The DDWS announces the winners and awards prizes below “Thing” Darling day.

Entries must be emailed to [email protected] by September 15, 2021. 4 or send an email to [email protected] Participants can pay by putting a check on the “Thing” Darling Wildlife Society (PO Box 565, Sanibel, Fla. 33957) with a memo “To the photo competition” or online at tinyurl.com/dingdonations with a note in “Gift Comments” to describe the donation as a photo contest fee.

Note that submissions must be made electronically. In order to maintain its commitment to the environment, the DDWS no longer accepts photo competition entries by post.

• There is a US $ 25 per person registration fee that will allow you to become a member of the Society and will be used to pay for the cost of the competition. A fee covers two entries per person.

• Only amateur photographers (of all ages) are eligible (they must not have a professional photographer tax identification number for the sale of photographs).

• Photos must be submitted to JN. be made “Thing” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and within two years of the entry date.

• Each person can submit up to two photos, but can only win one prize. A fee of $ 25 covers two entries per person.

• Photos must be sent electronically by email to [email protected] Each photo must be a JPEG file of at least 3000 x 2400 or 4 megabytes (MB). Panoramic photos are not allowed.

• Photos that have won awards in previous years “Thing” Darling Wildlife Society photo contests cannot be re-entered.

• The evaluation is anonymous. Please do not include your name or anything that could identify you on your photo.

• Assessment criteria:

1) Technical excellence (sharpness, lighting, composition, exposure)

2) originality / creativity

3) Interest

4) Reproducibility for publication

Only limited changes to the image are allowed. Minor manipulations should only be used to create a more natural looking photo. Trimming is allowed, but adding elements that are not in the original scene will not be accepted. The jury will, at its own discretion, disqualify any photos that appear to have been manipulated beyond these guidelines. All photo files become the property of DDWS. Photos may be used by DDWS in any way with the appropriate naming of the photographer.

• The first, second and third place winners and honorable mention will be made during the. formally announced “Thing” Darling Day on October 10th. Cash prizes will be awarded: first place $ 300, second place $ 225, third place $ 175, honorable mentions $ 25.

• There are three judges: a refugee home worker, a professional photographer and a member of the Sanibel community.

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