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PHOTO CONTEST!

Win a Really Right Stuff tripod + Wimberley Gimbal head

Read Official Rules Below

Really Right Stuff TVC-34 Versa Series 3 Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod
$1,100.00 Value

Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with Quick Release Base
$595.00 Value

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?

Birds.

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.

Official Rules:

  1. To enter, you must be a subscriber of the Journal of Wildlife Photography.
  2. You have until midnight Pacific Standard Time on September 15th to get your entries in.
  3. All entries must be posted on the Official Facebook Group of the Journal of Wildlife Photography.
  4. Only post 1 (one) entry per day. No there is not a limit other than the 1 per day thing.
  5. All entries MUST contain the hashtag #birdphotography
  6. All entries MUST provide the species common name AND Latin name.
  7. All entries MUST (and this is a new one) contain at least 1 (one) interesting fact about the species! Woah! That’s right. You have to do a little homework. Remember, the better naturalist you are the better wildlife photographer you will become! And this is the Journal of Wildlife Photography after all. Step. Up.

PAST PHOTO CONTEST WINNER!

Michael Weatherford of Warren, Arkansas

Michael submitted a beautifully simplistic composition of Gemmed Satyr butterfly resting beside a pawpaw flower.

This was a very difficult decision. With so many incredible photographs such as nesting Anna’s hummingbirds and baby foxes, I spent several days anguishing over which one to choose.

But, in the end, I felt like this photograph truly captured my imagination above all others. And, it was beautifully aligned with the ideals of the photo contest.

The backlighting of this composition creates an ethereal, almost mystical, feel. The depth of field was perfect here, with the out of focus highlights in the background coupled with the extreme bokeh only adding to the magical quality.

This is art.

This is obscure.

Michael had to think and plan and approach his photography very intentionally to achieve this photograph.

And I love it!

Congratulation Michael!

10% of the profits generated from your subscription will be donated to seabird conservation this month.

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