Outdoor Photography Contest

Entry Deadline June 1, 2019!  WIN UP TO $1,000!

Divisions | Categories | Rules | Instructions | Prizes | 2018 Winners

Youth ages 10-16 and adults are invited to submit photographs for entry no later than June 1, 2019. Participants must submit entries electronically. Overall winners will be announced Sunday, August 4, 2019, at 4 p.m. on stage during the 33rd Annual Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza at the Trade Mart in Jackson, MS.

Download Contest Brochure Here

Purchase Set Entries online

Divisions

By Rob Heflin
Youth Amateur Division

Open to amateur photographers 16 years of age and younger.

Adult Amateur Division
Open to amateur photographers over 16 years of age.

Advanced/Professional Division

Open to advanced/professional photographers of any age group.

Definitions

Amateur photographers are those photographers with no formal training or experience as photographers.  Amateur photographs are images taken with the most basic equipment, with minimal post-capture processing.

Advanced/Professional photographers are those photographers who have formal photography training, photography experience or who use advanced or complex camera and lens systems to capture images not generally available to or used by amateur photographers.  Advanced/professional images are images captured with advanced or complex camera and lens systems that show an obvious and significant quality difference from images that are captured with the most basic photography equipment by photographers with limited training and experience.

Categories

  • Mississippi’s Natural Landscapes – Panoramas are accepted
  • Wildlife Birds (Wildlife must be native to Mississippi.)
  • Wildlife Other (Wildlife must be native to Mississippi.)
  • People (People must be engaged in some type of outdoor activity – hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking, etc.)
  • Floral Macro
  • Macro (Wildlife / Nature)
  • Mississippi Landmarks
  • Fine Art Black and White (Photos entered into this category must be nature-based.)
  • Creative Filter Smartphone Photography (Youth Only)


Contest Rules

  1. Participants must submit entries electronically.
  2. Photos must be taken in Mississippi.
  3. Entries must be received by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation no later than June 1, 2019.
  4. You may not manipulate the photo by adding or removing objects (including signatures and borders) and you can’t use special effects.
  5. All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (cropping, spotting for dust, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.  During final judging, photographers may be asked to submit original photo files (Raw or Jpg) to determine if rules have been adhered to.
  6. Please submit entries in JPEG (.jpg) digital format, at least 3600 pixels width (horizontal image) or at least 2408 pixels tall (vertical image), saved at 300 DPI resolution.
  7. There is no limit on the number of photos entered in either the youth or adult amatuer group, up to 10 photographs may be entered at $25 per set.  Entrants may place all photos in one category or divide their entries into different categories.
  8. Only four entries are allowed per category in the advanced/professional group  for a total of 32 entries.  The fee to enter this division is $75.

The Mississippi Wildlife Federation reserves the right to move or reject any entry it feels was entered inappropriately.  Participant will be notified via email.

Instructions

Size photo entries in JPEG (.jpg) digital format, at least 3600 pixels with (horizontal image) or at least 2408 pixels tall (vertical image), saved at 300 DPI resolution.

  • Install Dropbox on your computer by clicking here. This software is free.
  • Once you install Dropbox, sign into your account.
  • Name each photo to include the following information in this order:
    • Your name
    • City/State
    • Division
    • Name of photograph
    • Category

    i.e. MelanieStarnes.FlorenceMS.AdultAmateur.FishingDaywithDad.People

  • Group your entries into category folders with the appropriate name. These folders need to include your name also, i.e. MelanieStarnesMississippiNaturalLandscapes. Folder names are:

Mississippi Natural Landscapes – Panoramas are accepted.
Wildlife Birds (Wildlife must be native to Mississippi.)
Wildlife Other (Wildlife must be native to Mississippi.)
People (People must be engaged in some type of outdoor activity – hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking, etc.)
Floral Macro
Macro (Wildlife/Nature)
Mississippi Landmarks
Fine Art Black and White (Photos entered into this category must be nature-based.)

  • Place your photo entries in the proper folder on your computer.
  • Upload the folders containing the contest entries to Dropbox by simply dragging and dropping into the Dropbox folder.
  • When you open your Dropbox folder you will see an option to Launch the Dropbox website. Once the site is lauched you will see a tab for Sharing Folders. Click on Share a folder.
  • On the next screen click I want to share an existing folder.
  • Highlight the folder(s) you want to share with the MississippiWildlife Federation and click next.
  • Send the invitation to share your folders to mstarnes@mswf.org. In the comments section write 2019 Photo Contest Entry.
  • Then click share the photo and an invitation will be sent directly to my desk so that I can access your photos.
  • Finally, please pay for your entries online or call 601-605-1790 with your payment information. There is no limit on the number of photos entered in the amateur divisions as long as they are entered in sets of up to 10 photographs at $25 per set. Entrants may put all photos in one category or divide their entries into different categories. Entry fee for the Advanced/Professional Division is $75 and is limited to 4 entries per category for a total of 32 photographs.

NOTE: Please contact Melanie at mstarnes@mswf.org should you have questions or problems uploading contest entries.

Prizes

The first place photograph in each category and age group will be enlarged for display during the Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza scheduled August 2-4, 2019 at the Trade Mart in Jackson, MS. These photographs will also be displayed on our website, www.mswildlife.org. From these finalists one will be picked as the Best Overall Photograph in both the Youth and Adult Amateur Divisions and awarded $300 each. The Judges Special Recognition Award, which may or may notBy Vicki Torrey be awarded annually, will receive $100. The Best Overall Photograph in the Advanced/Professional Division will receive $1,000. The winning photographs will also be published in MWF’s magazine, Mississippi Wildlife (possible cover) and other MWF publications. The overall winner in each division will be announced on stage at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 4, 2019. Finalists’ enlarged photographs may be used by MWF as display material for educational programs. Appropriate credit will be given to photographers.

Note: By entering photographs in this contest I grant the Mississippi Wildlife Federation unrestricted rights to use said photographs (not to be resold or for profit) as long as appropriate credit is given the photographer.

Category Winners Announced!

Congratulations to our 2018 Contest Winners.  Overall winners will be announced on stage at the Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza August 5, 2018 at 4 p.m.   

Youth Amateur
Black & White Fine Art
Victoria Cole
Union Church, MS

Winner
“V is for Vivacious”

Landscapes
Victoria Cole
Union Church, MS

Winner
“Through the Woods”

Floral Macro
Caroline Walton
Ridgeland, MS

Winner
“Red Tips”

Victoria Cole
Union Church, MS

Honorable Mention
“Orange Lily”

Creative Filter
Caroline Walton
Ridgeland, MS 

Winner
“Regal”

Wildlife Other
Victoria Cole
Union Church, MS

Winner
“Mouthful of Nuts”

Kyle Hubbard
Starkville, MS

Honorable Mention
“Hold Still”

Wildlife Birds
Caroline Walton
Ridgeland, MS

Winner
“Head in the Clouds”

Adult Amateur
Black & White Fine Art
Jessica McDaniel
Sumrall, MS

Winner
“Renew Your Mind”

Danielle Husley
Biloxi, MS

Honorable Mention
“Bayou Buddy”

Andra Levins
Lucedale, MS

Honorable Mention
“Birdseye Farming”

Kalee Sturdivant
Lena, MS

Honorable Mention
“Mississippi Wonderland”

People
Kalee Sturdivant
Lena, MS

Winner
“Endless Summer”

Floral Macro
Melody Hendry
Gulfport, MS

Winner
“Deep Purple”

Landmarks
Gail Jakubiak
Hudson, FL

Winner
“Lighthouse Mississippi”

Amy Scelson
Bay St. Louis, MS

Honorable Mention
“Shrimping Boats”

Jessica McDaniel
Sumrall, MS

Honorable Mention
“Angel in the Bay”

Landscapes
Melody Hendry
Gulfport, MS

Winner
“Lone Horse”

Danielle Husley
Biloxi, MS

Honorable Mention
“Hues of Pinks and Blues”

Jessica McDaniel
Sumrall, MS

Honorable Mention
“Red Bluff at Dusk”

Macro
Leslie Ashford
Madison, MS

Winner
“Selfie”

Dr. Wesley Shoop
Brandon, MS

Honorable Mention
“Moon Over the Lake in a Toad’s Eye”

Danielle Husley
Biloxi, MS

Honorable Mention
“Barnyard Visitor”

Wildlife Birds
Dr. Wesley Shoop
Brandon, MS

Winner
“Prothonatary Singing on the Pearl”

Micheal Tabb
Columbus, MS

Honorable Mention
“Tweety Bird”

Micheal Tabb
Columbus, MS

Honorable Mention
“A Little Eagle Talk”

Leslie Ashford
Madison, MS

Honorable Mention
“Stretching My Wings”

Wildlife Other
Tracey Buffington
Jackson, MS

Winner
“Play Time Interrupted”

Advanced/Professional
Black & White Fine Art
Cadi Thompson-Appleby
Pluto, MS

Winner
“Ghost”

Paula Van Every
Brandon, MS

Honorable Mention
“When Cotton Was King”

Floral Macro
Linda Jefcoat
Byram, MS

Winner
“After the Rain”

Paula Van Every
Brandon, MS

Honorable Mention
“Getting Ready”

Landmarks
Tim Morgan
Terry, MS

Winner
“Heaven Over Ruins”

Landscapes
Paula Van Every
Brandon, MS

Winner
“Hidden Beauty”

Keith Martin
Kennedy, AL

Honorable Mention
“Columbus Catfish Pond Sunrise”

Linda Jefcoat
Byram, MS

Honorable Mention
“Life on the Yazoo”

People
Paula Van Every
Brandon, MS

Winner
“An Uncle is for Exploring”

Juliann Smith
Lumberton, MS

Honorable Mention
“Fishing in the Early Morning Fog”

Wildlife Birds
Keith Martin
Kennedy, AL

Winner
“Bald Eagle”

Wildlife Other
Keith Martin
Kennedy, AL

Winner
“Gator and Gar”

Keith Martin
Kennedy, AL

Honorable Mention
“Buck in Water”

Keith Martin
Kennedy, AL

Honorable Mention
“Fox Kit”