This spring, right as the whole world was beginning to shut down due to Covid-19, I decided to run a backyard photography contest to try and bribe photographers to get outside and explore their own backyards and the woods behind their house. The idea was to encourage everyone to keep their head up, keep in good spirits despite the unprecedented (for our times) situation, and keep being wildlife photographers.
The contest was a HUGE success. Thousands of photographers entered from all over the world! And I have fielded countless emails from folks telling me how much they enjoyed the challenge.
Given the positive vibes and the interactive nature of it all, I decided to give the whole photography contest thing another go.
And this time the prize will be a compete tripod + tripod head combo for the lucky winner.
But not just any combo.
A Really Right Stuff tripod + Wimberley Gimbal head
You have probably noticed that I’m not really into giving away subpar equipment. If I’m going to run a contest or offer a sweepstakes, my philosophy is to go big or go home. No cheap knockoff junk here. I want to do this right. And so, the prize for this contest is the very same tripod / head combo that I use in the field! From minus 40 degrees in winter on the Yellowstone plateau to the humid rainforests of South America. This combo handles every single thing I need, and has been my go to for many years simply because I have yet to find a better setup for my style of photography.
So, just what is the theme of this photography contest?
It’s all about birds.
Birds in flight. Nests of birds. Birds in the water. Raptors. Hummingbirds. Songbirds. Toucans. Seabirds. Kiwis. You name it. BIRDS.
This is the official Bird Photography Contest of the Journal of Wildlife Photography.
Like last time, you have two months (ish).
The deadline for entries on this will be September 15th.
Start your engines.