2019 Annual Photo Contest

The Desert Tortoise Council is pleased to announce the 2019 Photo Contest to be held at the Annual Symposium on February 21-23, 2019 at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa in Tucson. Each year we encourage our membership to submit their best wildlife and nature photographs for a chance to win cash prizes, as well as to aid the Desert Tortoise Council in educating the public and advocating desert conservation through photography.

Entry Format

Each entry must be submitted in two formats: mounted print and high quality digital photographs. Entries may be black and white or color photographs, and must have been taken by the contestant. The contestant must be a registered attendee of the 2019 Symposium.

Mounted Prints

Mounted prints must be matted. NO GLASS FRAMES, please. There is no size restriction for mounted prints. All prints/photos must be labeled with the following information placed on the back: entry category; common and scientific name (for flora and fauna subjects); location; date photo was taken; and contestant’s name, address, and phone number. Please do not place your name on the front of the print/photo. Photograph titles and dates are acceptable but not required. Mounted prints may be mailed to Joe Probst at: 36431 41st Street East, Palmdale, California 93552, or brought to the Symposium. Mailed submissions must be received by February 8, 2019. Those brought to the Symposium must be provided to Joe Probst before noon on Thursday, February 21.

Digital Photographs

Digital photographs must be submitted, one photo per email, to email hidden; JavaScript is required before February 8, 2019. In the body of the email, include the following information about the photo: entry category; common and scientific name (for flora and fauna subjects); location; date photo was taken; and contestant’s name, address, and phone number. Please also indicate in the email whether or not your mounted print may be entered into the Auction, with proceeds going to the DTC. Please do not include a watermark on the digital photograph to indicate the photographer’s name and copyright. The Desert Tortoise Council will add a watermark indicating a copyright and crediting the photographer after the contest concludes and prior to the Desert Tortoise Council using the photograph for publications or posts.

Categories

Each contestant may submit a maximum of two prints/photos per category:

  1. WILD DESERT TORTOISES
  2. CAPTIVE (PET) DESERT TORTOISES
  3. OTHER DESERT REPTILES
  4. DESERT MAMMALS
  5. OTHER DESERT WILDLIFE
  6. WILD DESERT PLANTS
  7. DESERT SCENES
  8. TORTOISE CONSERVATION*

*This category covers a range of subjects, but must depict activities or subject matter important to the perpetuation of the species. Examples are research, impacts (i.e., raven predation), improvements (i.e., fencing), and environmental education.

With the exception of Captive (Pet) Tortoises, all mounted prints and digital photographs must be taken of wild (i.e., unrestrained and photographed in its natural habitat) subjects occurring within the geographic range of the desert tortoise species.

Awards

Qualified winners will be awarded first, second, and third place in each of the eight categories.

  • First Place awards will be $75.00;
  • Second Place awards will be $50.00;
  • Third Place awards will be $25.00;
  • The ninth category, Best of Show, will receive $150.00.

Judging

Photographs will be judged at the Symposium by the attendees. Each Symposium attendee will be provided a photo ballot in their registration packet, and may only vote once. Ballots will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22. Winners will be announced and their awards provided at the Banquet on Friday night.

Prints/Digital Photos

Mounted prints and digital photographs will not be returned, except upon advance request, and will become the property of the Desert Tortoise Council. The Desert Tortoise Council shall have the right to use these photographs in its publications, educational programs, website, and social media platforms, as well as to assign such permission to others, with full credit given to the photographer.