Annual Photo Contest
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.
Please check back in late 2020 for information about submitting entries for the 2021 Symposium.
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 Symposium.
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.
Each contestant may submit a maximum of two prints/photos per category:
- WILD DESERT TORTOISES
- CAPTIVE (PET) DESERT TORTOISES
- OTHER DESERT REPTILES
- DESERT MAMMALS
- OTHER DESERT WILDLIFE
- WILD DESERT PLANTS
- DESERT SCENES
- 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.
Qualified winners will be awarded first, second, and third place in each of the eight categories. 2019 Awards were as follows (2020 Awards TBA):
- 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.
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. Winners will be announced and their awards provided at the symposium banquet.
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.