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Outdoor Photographer is proud to present the 2019 Wildlife Photo Contest. The world is filled with amazing wildlife, and photographers like you are the reason everybody can enjoy their beauty. Submit your best wildlife photography today for a chance to win outstanding prizes, such as a trip for two on a Pangolin Photo Safari to Africa (more details below)!

Outdoor Photographer is committed to ethical practices in wildlife photography. Please review our contest FAQ section and official rules regarding restrictions on eligibility of certain types of images.

ENTRY DEADLINE:
August 10, 2019
FREE TO ENTER
See FAQ & Official Rules
for more information

Grand Prize

  • $1,000 cash prize
  • One (1) Pangolin Photo Safari package: 7 Day Victoria Falls and Chobe Photo Safari for 2 (more details below)* Watch Video
  • One (1) Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2
  • One (1) Zeiss TERRA 8×32 Binoculars
  • One (1) one-year print and digital subscription to Outdoor Photographer magazine
  • Placement as the Outdoor Photographer Facebook Cover Photo
  • Publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of Outdoor Photographer
  • Publication in the Outdoor Photographer online Winners’ gallery

Second Prize

  • $500 cash prize
  • One (1) one-year print and digital subscription to Outdoor Photographer magazine
  • Publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of Outdoor Photographer
  • Publication in the Outdoor Photographer online Winners’ gallery

Third Prize

  • $250 cash prize
  • One (1) one-year print and digital subscription to Outdoor Photographer magazine
  • Publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of Outdoor Photographer
  • Publication in the Outdoor Photographer online Winners’ gallery
*Pangolin Photo Safaris is proud to present one member of the Outdoor Photographer community a chance to win a 7-day African Safari package for two! Explore the beautiful landscapes of Africa for an adventure you’ll never forget. When you arrive, spend two nights at the Pamusha Lodge (with breakfast included) before being transferred to the Pangolin Chobe Hotel for 4 nights, with all meals and drinks included as well as photography gear, if necessary, so you can capture your memories. Please see our contest rules for further details on this special prize.

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Pangolin Photo Safari Trip details

7 Day VIC Falls and Chobe Safari for 2.
Cost: 1,950 USD per person (approximate value $3,900)

Includes:

  • Arrival transfer from Vic falls airport
  • 2 nights a Pamusha Lodge – 1 room
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Chobe
  • 4 nights at the Pangolin Chobe Hotel – 1 room
  • All meals and drinks
  • 2 x daily photo activities either game drive or boat
  • SD card
  • Use of a camera and lens if needed
  • Park fees
  • Transfer to Kasane airport

Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry and items of a personal nature
  • Taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Cannot be used for a tour already booked and paid in full
Prize will expire December 31, 2020. No substitutions, transfers or cash equivalent is available.

Melissa Groo

Guest Judge
Melissa Groo is a wildlife photographer, writer and conservationist, and author of Outdoor Photographer’s “Wild By Nature” column. Passionate about ethics in nature photography, Groo is also a contributing editor to Audubon magazine and an Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Richard Bernabe

Richard Bernabe

Guest Judge
Named one of the “Top 30 Influential Photographers on the Web” by the Huffington Post, Richard Bernabe is an internationally-recognized nature, wildlife and travel photographer. He’s been published by National Geographic, Audubon and many other noteworthy publications and is a pro instructor for Muench Workshops.
Wes Pitts

Wes Pitts

Wes Pitts is the editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine. He has collaborated with many of the world’s most recognized nature photographers to help share their stories and promote the conservation of wildlife and wild places. He is an Affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t answered here, please send us an email at [email protected] with the following details:

  1. The name of the contest (Wildlife Photo Contest)
  2. Your username
  3. The image ID # (if applicable)
  4. The exact nature of your problem

Q: Who may enter?

A:

Contest is open to individuals over the age of 18 and residents of the U.S.

Q: How do I enter?

A:

Click “Submit Your Images.” You’ll need to be logged in to your Outdoor Photographer account to enter. If you don’t have an account, click here to register for your free account. You may also log in using your Facebook account through the Connect With Facebook option.

Q: In what format should I submit my photos?

A:

Each photograph must be submitted in .JPG format and cannot exceed 4 MB in size.

Q: What kind of wildlife photography is eligible?

A:

Outdoor Photographer is committed to ethical practices in wildlife photography. The following types of photographs are considered ineligible for entry in this contest:

  • Images that appear to be the result of “baiting”
  • Images that indicate the wildlife subject is “harassed” or crowded
  • Close-up images of nests using a wide-angle lens
  • Images taken at “game farms”

Images of captive wildlife must be identified as such and the facility at which they were taken must be noted. The contest judges reserve the right to disqualify images that, in their sole discretion, appear to be the result of questionable practices, as defined by, but not limited to, those described above.

Q: How many photos may I enter?

A:

Four (4) photo entries are allowed per participant. Entry is free.

Q: Can I watermark my submission?

A:

We prefer submitted photos have no watermarks, but we will still consider your photo if you have a small watermark in the corner of the image. Very large watermarks can impede the judging process, but we understand if you are concerned about protecting your work, so small watermarks are fine.

Q: Is my credit card information secure?

A:

Absolutely! The payment form is hosted on our secure payment processor’s site and your credit card information (including your physical address) is submitted directly to the applicable credit card company through 256-bit encrypted pages. The header graphic is the only non-secure item on the payment page and only your email and the success/failure message of the transaction are submitted back to our site.

Q: Can I pass the word on this competition to my friends, classmates, Facebook/Twitter followers, etc.?

A:

Yes, please! The link to the contest portal is www.outdoorphotographer.com/photo-contests/wildlife

Q: Do I have to print or mail in my photos?

A:

No. Please upload entries using the online entry form. Mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Q: Can I process my photos using Photoshop or another image-processing program?

A:

Yes.

Q: When will the winners be notified?

A:

Sometime after September 10, 2019.

Q: When will the winners be announced?

A:

All winners will be announced online sometime between September 10, 2019 – October 10, 2019.

Q: What are the prizes?

A:

See the contest landing page or the official rules for a complete list of contest prizes.

Q: When I try to enter online, I get an error message. What's going on?

A:

If your attempts at entering online aren’t successful, our system might be struggling. Try waiting a few minutes, then clear your browser’s cache and cookies—you might even try restarting your computer—and go to the online entry page again.

Additionally, title your photos with alphanumeric characters only. Please don’t use apostrophes, ampersands or any other character symbol, as doing so may cause errors during uploading.

Q: I've tried clearing my cache and cookies, and I even bought a new computer. The online entry form just isn't working for me.

A:

Double-check that the size of your images meets our requirements. If all else fails, send us an email at [email protected]. In your email, please indicate:

  1. The name of the contest (Wildlife Photo Contest)
  2. Your username
  3. The image ID # (if applicable)
  4. The exact nature of your problem

Official Rules

Outdoor Photographer Wildlife Official Rules

ELIGIBILITY:
The Outdoor Photographer’s Kaleidoscope of Wildlife Contest (“Contest”) is open only to individuals who are over 18 years of age and who are residents of the U.S. Employees of Madavor Media, LLC, (“Sponsors”), and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child and sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate or win. Sponsors reserve the right to verify all eligibility requirements. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

CONTEST PERIOD:
The Contest will begin on June 14, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. PT, and end on August 10, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PT (the “Contest Period”).

HOW TO ENTER:
Click the submit your images button above. There is no fee to enter. All entries must be received by August 10, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PT to be eligible. Each photograph must be submitted in .JPG and cannot exceed 4 MB in size.
Please note: Entries submitted online will be eligible for (i) the Grand Place Prize (as described below), (ii) Second Place Prize (as described below), (iii) Third Place Prize (as described below), and (iv) Finalist Prize (as described below).
Entry must be the original work of the entrant and entrant must be the sole owner of the copyright of such entry. Entry must be in keeping with the Sponsors’ image and may not be inappropriate or offensive, as determined by the Sponsors in their sole discretion, nor can it defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or property rights or any other third-party rights. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any entry they deem to be offensive, inappropriate, that is not in keeping with Sponsors’ image or that is otherwise not in compliance with the terms of these Official Rules. Entrant must have obtained express written consent to submit any entry that contains persons other than entrant or third-party elements not owned by entrant and, if requested to do so, produce such written consent from appropriate parties in a form and manner acceptable to the Sponsors.
By submitting an Entry, entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsors may obtain many Entries in connection with this Contest and/or other contests staged and/or promoted by the Sponsors, and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Contest and/or other contests sponsored by the Sponsors or submitted for other reasons or other materials developed by the Sponsors. Entrant waives any and all claims entrant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any Entry and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the entrant may be similar to his/her Entry, or that any compensation is due to entrant in connection with such Entry or other works used by Sponsors.

Outdoor Photographer is committed to ethical practices in wildlife photography. The following types of photographs are considered ineligible for entry in this contest:
• Images that appear to be the result of “baiting”
• Images that indicate the wildlife subject is “harassed” or crowded
• Close-up images of nests using a wide-angle lens
• Images taken at “game farms”
Images of captive wildlife must be identified as such and the facility at which they were taken must be noted. The contest judges reserve the right to disqualify images that, in their sole discretion, appear to be the result of questionable practices, as defined by, but not limited to, those described above.

GRAND PLACE PRIZE JUDGING:
One (1) potential Grand Place Prize winner, one (1) potential Second Place winner, one (1) potential Third Place winner, and up to twenty-five (25) potential Finalists will be determined from among all eligible entries received by a panel of qualified judges, based equally on the following criteria: Adherence to Theme, Composition and Creativity/Originality (“Judging Criteria”). The entrants who submitted the entry receiving the highest scores, as determined by the Sponsors in their sole discretion, will be the potential winners and finalists respectively.
In the event of a tie for any prize, an additional “tie-breaking” judge will determine the applicable winner or finalists from among those tied using the Criteria. The Sponsors reserve the right to not award any prize if, in their sole discretion, an insufficient number of eligible and qualified entries are received. Decisions of the Sponsors and judges are final and binding.

WINNER NOTIFICATION:
Potential winners will be notified by telephone, mail and/or e-mail between September 10, 2019 to October 10, 2019, and will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and, unless prohibited, a Publicity Release, a W-9 Form and any additional documents that may be required by prize provider within seven (7) days of date of issuance. If any potential winner is an eligible minor in his or her jurisdiction of residence, prize may, at the Sponsors’ discretion, be awarded in the name of the parent or legal guardian, and such parent or legal guardian will be required to fulfill all requirements imposed on winners set forth herein. Noncompliance with this time period or with these Official Rules, or the return of any prize notification as undeliverable, may result in disqualification and, at the Sponsors’ discretion, the prize will be awarded to an applicable runner-up.

PRIZES:

Grand Place Prize: $1,000 (U$D) cash prize;

$1,000 cash prize; One (1) 7 Day VIC Falls and Chobe Safari for 2 (more details below)*; One (1) Tamron SP 150-600 Di VC USD G2; One (1) Zeiss TERRA 8×32 Binoculars; One (1) one-year print and digital subscription to Outdoor Photographer magazine; Placement as Outdoor; Photographer Facebook Cover Photo; Publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of Outdoor Photographer; Publication in the Outdoor Photographer online Winners’ gallery
Total First Place ARV: Approximately $5,000.00

Pangolin Photo Safari Trip details
7 Day VIC Falls and Chobe Safari for 2.
Cost: 1,950 USD per person (approximate value $3,900)
Includes:
• Arrival transfer from Vic falls airport
• 2 nights a Pamusha Lodge – 1 room
• Breakfast
• Transfer to Chobe
• 4 nights at the Pangolin Chobe Hotel – 1 room
• All meals and drinks
• 2 x daily photo activities either game drive or boat
• SD card
• Use of a camera and lens if needed
• Park fees
• Transfer to Kasane airport

Excludes:

• Flights
• Visa fees if applicable
• Gratuities
• Laundry and items of a personal nature
• Taxes
• Travel insurance
• Cannot be used for a tour already booked and paid in full

Prize will expire December 31, 2020. No substitutions, transfers or cash equivalent is available.

Second Place Prize: $500 (U$D) cash prize; One (1) one-year print and digital subscription to Outdoor Photographer magazine; Publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of Outdoor Photographer; Publication in the Outdoor Photographer online Winners’ gallery
Total Second Place ARV: approximately $550.00

Third Place Prize: $250 (U$D) cash prize; One (1) one-year print and digital subscription to Outdoor Photographer magazine; Publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of Outdoor Photographer; Publication in the Outdoor Photographer online Winners’ gallery.
Total Third Place ARV: Approximately $250.00

Current total ARV of all prizes: approximately $5,800.00

If, for any reason, the Sponsors do not feature any of the winning entries in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, no compensation or substitution will be provided; however, remainder of prize package will be awarded and the Sponsors will have no further obligation to winners. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsors. No substitution, cash equivalent or transfer of prizes permitted by winners. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, in their sole discretion. All federal, state and local taxes as well as any costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being awarded are sole responsibility of each winner. Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by the Sponsors. Limit one (1) prize per household.

USE OF ENTRY:
By submitting an entry, entrant grants the Sponsors and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use the entry and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes in Sponsors’ online galleries, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. In addition, each winner grants to the Sponsors and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use and distribute the entry (as submitted, or as cropped by the Sponsors), and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes, in any and all media now or hereafter known, including without limitation in Outdoor Photographer, and any Madavor Media magazines for purposes of promotion of this Contest except as otherwise stated herein, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.

USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION:
Your personal information collected in connection with this Contest will be used in accordance with Madavor Media’s Privacy Policy (available at http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/privacy-policy) including, without limitation, for marketing and promotional purposes.

MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for late, lost, garbled, damaged, incomplete, delayed, undelivered, or misdirected entries or photographs or for computer, technical, printing, typographical, human or other errors relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, inability to access any website associated with the Contest, errors which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials. If for any reason the Contest (or any portion thereof) is not capable of running as planned, including infection by tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and, if terminated, at its discretion, determine winners from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action using judging procedure described above. By participating, entrant agrees (i) to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsors and judges, which are final and binding in all respects, and (ii) to hold the Sponsors and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, prize suppliers and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective directors, officers, employees and agents of the foregoing (collectively, the “Released Parties”), harmless against any and all claims and liability arising, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of or in connection with participation in this Contest, acceptance and use of any prize or Released Parties’ use of any of the rights granted herein. Sponsors may disqualify (and void all associated entries) anyone from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that such person is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, deception or other unfair practices, or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsors’ representatives or who is otherwise not in compliance with the terms of these rules. ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

WINNERS’ LIST: For the list of winners (available after September 10, 2019), send a separate, stamped, self-addressed envelope to: OP 2019 The Wildlife Photo Contest Winners’ List, Attn: Marketing Department, 25 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 404, Braintree, MA 02184, to be received by November 10, 2019.

SPONSORS:
Madavor Media, 25 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 404, Braintree, MA 02184
Pangolin Photo Safaris, 1st Flr Bldg B Nautica Comm Centre, Royal Rd. Black River, South Africa
Tamron, 10 Austin Blvd., Commack, NY 11725
Zeiss, 12121 Scripps Summit Drive #400, San Diego, CA 92131

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