Thursday, August 4, 2016

7th Annual HNWR Nature Photography Contest

Best in Show and First Place, Wildlife, 2010 - Great Egret by Bill Adams
Have you heard this saying about visiting a refuge or wilderness area, "Leave only footprints, take only memories"?  Well, you can also take away "digitized memories" aka photographs.  And we know that photography at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most popular activities.  Now you have an opportunity to share some of your best efforts and compete for cash, ribbons and recognition as well in the 7th Annual Hagerman NWR Photography Contest.

First Place, Landscape, 2013 - Path, by Bob Brown
Ribbons will be awarded for First, Second, and Third place in each of four categories in 2 divisions. In addition, a cash prize of $50.00 will be awarded for First Place in each category and $100.00 for the single photo judged as Best of Show. Winners will be determined by a panel of judges, who will review the submitted photos without reference to entrant name.

First Place, Flora and Macro, 2012 - Leavenworth Eryngo by Laurie Lawler
The entry period for the contest begins on August 1 and runs through August 31. Photographers can enter photos in one of two divisions - Beginner/Intermediate, and Advanced, and in 4 different categories:

Wildlife – Animals and birds in their natural habitat.

Flora and Macro – Flowers, trees, and shrubs in their natural habitat. This category includes images of insects, plants, and animals taken with specialized macro equipment, settings or close up images taken with a telephoto lens.

Landscape – Expansive and dramatic views of the land and its features. Photographs in this category may include images of people enjoying the Refuge.

Artistic – Artistic compositions in nature, both natural and manipulated in post processing (black and white, infrared, stitched panoramas, multiple-exposure, digital manipulation). Photographs in this category may include images of people enjoying the Refuge.

Best in Show, First Place, Wildlife, 2011 - Great Blue Heron with "The Look"by Grace Haight

Photos entered must have been taken at Hagerman NWR within the past five years.  All entries including those sent by mail must be RECEIVED at Hagerman NWR by 4:00 pm on August 31. THERE WILL BE NO DEADLINE EXTENSION!   Entries can be dropped off or mailed to the Refuge at: 

Hagerman Photo Contest, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092-5817

First Place, Artistic, 2014 - Little Blue Heron by Lee Hatfield
Complete information about the photo contest rules, entry fees, entry form, and contest tips is available online (see sidebar on Club page). If you have questions regarding the photography contest, please contact us.

Best in Show and First Place, Landscape Division, 2015 - Magic Time, by Jesus Moreno

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