It’s time to pop the SD card out of that camera you’ve been carrying around all year and browse through all the photos you took, because registration for this year’s Wildlife Photo Gallery & Contest is now open! We want all your best photos on display during The Wildlife Society’s 24th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
A grand prize of $100 will go to the Best-in-Show photographer, $75 will be awarded to the People’s Choice winner, and each category winner will receive a $50 prize.
Category winners and Best-in-Show will be determined by a panel of three selected judges, and conference attendees will vote for a People’s Choice winner as they roam the gallery and enjoy each unique perspective on wildlife. Voters will be asked to rank their top three photos first, second and third. First place votes will be worth three points, second place votes two points, and third place votes one point. The points will be tallied by the judges on Tuesday evening and the photo with the most points will be crowned People’s Choice winner.
This year’s nine categories will consist of Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish; Birds; Invertebrates; Mammals; Game Cam; Human Dimensions; Landscapes and Still Life (including flora); Mobile Phone; and Creative/Comedic. Registrants can submit two photographs per category and the cost of entry is $5 per photograph.
Photographs must be submitted with the entry form on twsconference.org by July 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Walk-up submissions will not be accepted. However, participants will still be required to submit hard copy photographs and payment on-site at the conference.
Judging will take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, and will evaluate impact, clarity, composition, contrast, setting and lighting of the photos. Winners will be announced at the keynote speaker session Wednesday morning, Sept. 27. All registrants are asked to please pick up their photos between 2-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Unclaimed photographs will not be returned.