2018 Pelican Island Wildlife Festival Photography Contest

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Welcome to the 2018 Pelican Island Wildlife Festival Photography Contest

Photography Contest Rules and Information

The contest provides an opportunity for amateur photographers to share their best work of Florida nature with the visitors of this popular festival.  We hope to inspire more people to take their cameras into National Wildlife Refuges and other wild lands within Florida to capture images of its amazing wildlife and scenic beauty.

The deadline for entry is Sunday, February 18, 2018 at midnight EST.  Entry fee is $25 for three images.  Each photographer can submit two entries for a total of 6 images with no more than three in any one category.  The three categories are Wildlife, Landscape or Macro.  To enter the contest, please use the PayPal payment option below, to select one (up to three photos) or two (up to six photos) entries, then email your photos to photo@firstrefuge.org.  See the entry rules for how to name files.  In your email, please include the title of your image and which category you are entering it in, and include your name and contact information as well.  You will receive an email to acknowledge your entry within 48 hours.

Winners will be announced at the 26th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival on March 3, 2018.  There will be cash awards for Best of Show - $100, First Place in each category of $75, and additional awards based upon how many entries in each category.  At the festival, a continuous slideshow using a large LCD display will present all entries with recognition of all photographers.  Winning photographs will be framed by PIPS and offered for silent auction to take place the day of the festival in the photography contest tent.  Please plan to attend.  In addition, winning photos with the photographer names will be displayed on the Pelican Island Preservation Society website.  Proceeds from the photography contest and silent auction will benefit the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Please be sure to read and follow all Photography Contest rules.  A copy of the entry rules can be downloaded here.

Thank you for your participation in the festival Photography Contest and good luck!