Are you a Shutterbug? Enter the Outdoor Alabama 2008 Photo Contest

  Contact: Kim Nix, 334-242-3151

Beautiful spring days are a great time to get outdoors, enjoy nature, and snap a photo or two. If you think you have an eye for photography and love the outdoors, then the Outdoor Alabama magazine 2008 Photo Contest may be for you. Winning entries in this annual competition will be published in the February 2008 issue of the magazine. The contest is open to any amateur photographer except employees of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and members of their immediate families. An amateur is defined as someone who does not earn most of his or her living from photography.

The April 2007 Outdoor Alabama magazine issue contains an article titled “Take your Best Shot” by Editor Kim Nix and Billy Pope, the magazine’s Art Director. The article features photography tips for making your photos better. It also has information about the Photo Contest. You can subscribe to or view the magazine online www.outdooralabama.com.

2008 Photo Contest Rules

§         Photos must have been taken within the past two years, and previously published images are not eligible. All photos must have been taken in Alabama and species must be native to the state.

§         Eligible formats include 35mm slides or larger format transparencies, 8x10-inch color prints, and unaltered high quality (300 dpi) digital images. No black and white photos, please.

§         Photos may be entered in the following seven categories:

1.   Birds – Native song and game birds.

2.   Mammals – Native mammals (pets and livestock excluded).

3.   Reptiles & Amphibians – Native turtles, salamanders, frogs, snakes, etc.

4.   Other Native Wildlife – May include butterflies, insects, etc.

5.   Scenic/Pictorial – Photos in which natural landmarks, scenery or inanimate objects are prominent; site location required for this category.

6.   Nature-Based Activities – People enjoying recreation such as boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, camping (sports such as baseball and football are excluded).

7.   Wild Native Flora – Wildflowers, foliage, fruiting bodies, other parts of plants or trees (cultivated flowers, shrubs, etc. are excluded)

§         The entry deadline for the contest is October 31, 2007, at 5 p.m. Entries received after this time will be disqualified.

In addition to having their winning entries printed in Outdoor Alabama, prizes will be awarded to the first place winners in each category. Certificates will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.

By submitting an entry, photographers grant permission to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to publish winning photos in any publication or on its Web site. However, the photographer also retains the right to use the photo. No photos will be returned.

To obtain a complete set of rules and an entry form, call 1-800-262-3151 or write to Outdoor Alabama 2008 Photo Contest, 64 N. Union St., Ste. 106, Montgomery, AL 36130; or email magazine@outdooralabama.com. Information can also be obtained on the Department of Conservation’s Web site at www.outdooralabama.com. Winners of the 2007 contest may be seen on the Web site under the Photo Gallery link.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit www.outdooralabama.com.

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