Conservation

2017 Back to Nature Photo Contest

Brought to you by BREC's Conservation Department

This photo contest was originally designed to get residents out into Satellite Conservation Areas they may have never explored before. It has now been expanded to include more categories including photos taken at BREC’s Bluebonnet Nature Center and professional photographers are welcome to enter. Additionally, this year the subcategories will be changed to challenge the photographers to answer a question…How does nature lift you up?

2017 Theme: How does nature lift you up

Photographers are challenged to let their photographs answer this question for them. How Does Nature Lift You UP? You can answer this question in a variety of ways. Nature has been shown to be an effective medicine for stress, depression, ADHD and general mental health. So tell us how nature lifts you up. Is it the ability to sit quietly next to your favorite fishing hole? Or perhaps enjoying a short walk on your lunch break? Is it a weekend hike or butterflying with a young one? In a world of stressful deadlines and negative news feeds we want to know how nature play a positive role in your life. This theme will be the same for each category listed below.


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Categories

  • Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center: Photos must be taken at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center within the last year.
    • Youth (15 and under)
    • Adult (16+)
  • Satellite Conservation Areas: Photos must be taken at one of the approved Satellite Conservation Areas within the last year. See Rules and Guidelines for the list of parks.
    • Youth (15 and under)
    • Adult (16+)
  • Professional: Photos can be taken at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center or one of the approved Satellite Conservation Areas within the last year. See Rules and Guidelines for the list of parks.

Deadline

Photo submission Deadline is April 1st by midnight.
Winner will be contacted and announced by April 12th and awards given out at the Bioblitz event at Frenchtown Road Conservation Area on April 15th.

How to Enter

To submit your photo, email them to conservation@brec.org in the form of a jpeg. Be sure to include “Photo Contest Entry” in the subject and include the following information in the body:

  • First and Last Name
  • Phone number
  • Email address (this is how we will contact you to confirm entry and winners)
  • Physical address
  • Photo title
  • BREC Conservation Area where the photo was taken
  • Date photo taken
  • Category of entry.

Contest registration is in the form of photo entry. You will receive a confirmation email once your photo has been officially submitted. You may enter multiple categories but only submit one photograph per category.

Rules and Guidelines

Who May Enter:

This contest is open to anyone so long as they enter the correct contest category depending on age. Youth are considered any individuals 15 years or younger by April 1st, 2017. Individuals of any age may enter the Professional category. Professional Photographers as defined for this competition, are individuals who earn 50% or more of their income through selling their photographs or photography services. BREC employees are not eligible for contest entry.

How to Enter:

Contest registration is in the form of photo submission. This contest is free to enter. All photos must be submitted no later than midnight, April 1st, 2017 via email. Please send to conservation@brec.org with all the required information that is listed above. If you do not include all of the required information your submission may not be complete. You will receive a confirmation email once your photo and information has been reviewed. By submitting your photo you are agreeing to all contest rules and guidelines. Your photograph must be in digital format, preferably a JPEG and must be high enough resolution to be blown up to 18”x24” without pixilation. You may only enter one photograph per category but non-professionals may enter both categories. Photos with copyrights, text or watermarks on them will not be accepted for any category.

Photograph Requirements:

Your photograph must have been taken at one of the approved BREC Conservation Areas within the last year (April 1st, 2016 or more recently). Photos with copyrights, text or watermarks on them will not be accepted for any category. If taking pictures of individuals you must have them sign a consent form and have it readily available upon request. You must create a title for your photograph and include it in your submission email. Your photo must have been taken at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center or an approved Satellite Conservation Area. If any of the above requirements are not met your photo will be disqualified.

If entering the Satellite Conservation Area Category the following parks are acceptable:

Your Rights and Releases:

By submitting a photo you are agreeing to all contest rules and regulations and ensuring that the submitted photo is your original work. Any photos found to contain copyrighted material will be removed from the contest. Upon request, each entrant must be prepared to provide a signed release from all persons who appear in photograph submitted, authorizing BREC and authorized parties to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in connection with and promotion of BREC and the contest, in any media now and hereafter known. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release. Failure to provide releases could result is disqualification. An example release can be found in the link below.

Minor Photo Release Form

Upon submitting your photo you are agreeing to the following terms. You retain your rights to your photograph; however, by entering the contest, you grant BREC and authorized parties a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any BREC purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion of BREC and BREC Conservation programs and initiatives. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. BREC will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

Judging:

Photo entries will be judged based on creativity, quality, originality, answering the theme question and overall impact. Judging will be conducted by a randomly selected panel of BREC staff, excluding Conservation staff. Judges are provided the photograph, title, category of entry and BREC park where taken only, in order to create an unbiased selection. The judging panel will choose the top 2 finalists for each category and the overall grand prize winner. The People’s Choice winner will be chosen based on Facebook likes gained. All submitted photos will be entered into this category. Photos will be uploaded onto BREC’s Conservation Facebook page and contestants have 1 week, (7days) to get “likes” for their photo. Shares do not count but are welcome to help promote your picture. BREC will notify all of the winners via email by April 12th. Prizes will be handed out during the Bioblitz at Frenchtown Rd. Conservation Area on April 15th time TBD. Anyone not present will be encouraged to pick up their prize at the administrative offices on Florida Blvd. after that date.

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd prize photographs of each Category. Additionally there will be an overall grand prize winner and a People’s Choice winner. The winning photo and runner up from each category along with People’s Choice winner will be printed and displayed at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center during their Photography art show in May. Winners will be announced during our Bioblitz event at Frenchtown Rd. Conservation Area April 15th.

First Prize for each Category: (5)

  • $20 Gift Card to the Backpacker
  • Free pass to Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
  • Conservation Water Bottle
  • BREC Conservation Field Guide

Second Prize for each Category: (5)

  • $10 Gift Card to Raising Canes

People’s Choice Winner: (1)

  • $10 Gift Card to Raising Canes
  • BREC Conservation Field Guide
  • Conservation Water Bottle

Grand Prize Winner: (1)

  • $100 towards framing of winning print at Acadian Frame and Art
  • BREC Conservation Field Guide
  • Free pass to Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
  • Conservation Water Bottle
  • Winning Photo Featured on the BREC webpage and in the Conservation Newsletter email.
  • Keep Louisiana Beautiful t-shirt by Bricks and Bombs

Sponsors

Acadian Frame and Art
The Backpacker
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
Bricks and Bombs
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
BREC’s Conservation

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