Wildlife Photo Contest registration now open!

Registration for this year’s Wildlife Photo Gallery & Contest is now open! Enter your best, funniest and most creative photos for a chance to win cash prizes and have your images featured in The Wildlife Professional!

The contest will take place during The Wildlife Society’s 25th Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 on Wednesday evening and the photo with the most points will be crowned People’s Choice winner.

The categories are 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 August 31, 2018, 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.

Judges will evaluate the entries for impact, clarity, composition, contrast, setting and lighting of the photos. Winners will be announced at the plenary session Thursday morning, Oct. 11. All registrants are asked to please pick up their photos between on Thursday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Unclaimed photographs will not be returned.

Header Image: This photo of an American pika in Colorado, taken by Kristina Harkins and titled Mountain Sentinel, won Best in Show at last year’s Wildlife Photo Contest. ©Kristina Harkins