Nature Photo Contest & Silent Auction

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Our 16th Annual Photo Contest will be:

Submission Period – January 23 to February 10, 2017

Silent Auction – February 13 to 17, 2017

100% of money raised goes towards conservation education activities of the SCB Kingston Chapter, and stays in the Kingston community!

Photos can be submitted to Camera Kingston in-person or online using the promo code “SCB”, and outside the Biology General Office in the Biosciences Complex (116 Barrie Street). See “Submission Guidelines” below for details.

Visit our snapd Kingston event for a description of the 2017 Silent Auction.

Categories

A. Nature Portrait: Flora

Photos of wild flowers, trees, shrubs, fungi, water plants, etc.

B. Nature Portrait: Fauna

Photos of wild animals, birds, fish, etc.

C. Nature Portrait: Landscape

Photos of forests, beaches, fields, mountains, deserts, etc.

D. Nature photos by Youth under 12

Photos of that fall within any of the above categories for youth ages 12 and under

Submission Guidelines

Entry Requirements

  • 6 entries per person, with a maximum of 2 entries per category.
  • Amateur photographers only.
  • Entries must be 8″x10″ enlargements printed on photographic paper, or submitted electronically.
  • Each entry must include the following either on the back of the photo or on a separate piece of paper. If submitted electronically, please save the file name as: titleofthepicture-categoryletter(A/B/C/D) (8 characters max; example “Dew-B”) and send an email to scb@queensu.ca with the following information.
    • photographer’s name
    • phone number
    • email address
    • photo title
    • photo location
    • entry category
  • Please note that this contest is intended primarily as a showcase of natural plants, animals and landscapes. If you are unsure of the appropriateness of a photo, please contact us before making enlargements. As such, photographs that feature pets (i.e. cats, dogs, horses), or domestic plants as their primary subject will be accepted into the silent auction, but not into the photo contest.
  1. Printed Submissions

Submit your photo(s) to the submission box outside the Queen’s Biology main office (116 Barrie St., room 3111) or at Camera Kingston’s Princess St. location.

  1. Online Submissions

An online submission is also possible by printing the pictures online at Camera Kingston; you can either sign-on or continue as a guest. You can use the discount code “SCB”!

FAQs

What is the SCB Nature Photo Contest?

Each year, the major fundraiser for the SCB Kingston Chapter takes the form of an environmentally-themed Photo Contest and Silent Auction.

Amateur photographers from the Kingston community will display photos submitted in environmental categories such as Landscape, Flora, Fauna and Youth Under 12 to be judged by professional photographers and local naturalists.

The photos submitted will be placed on display for one week and all photos will be entered in the silent auction, the profits of which will go towards major SCB projects. Historically, the funds from this event have gone towards organizing and hosting schoolyard naturalization in schools, educational forums on conservation issues, and bringing speakers in to talk about the importance of conservation biology.

When/where can I submit my photos?

Photos can be submitted to Camera Kingston in-person or online using the promo code “SCB”, and outside the Biology General Office in the Biosciences Complex (116 Barrie Street).

How and when will my photos be judged?

Photos will be blind-judged by local naturalists and professional photographers. Winners in each category will be contacted once a decision is reached (~1 week after the silent auction). There are prizes for 1st-3rd place in each category. The overall grand prize winner will receive the Best In Show prize and certificate.

How will my photos be used and displayed?

Photos will be publicly displayed for one week during the silent auction period. Photo prints without bids will be returned to their photographers. Photo prints with bids will go home with the winner of the auction!

SCB may contact photographers to ask permission to use their photographs in promotional materials – photos will not be used without permission. The photographer retains their copyright.

Where are the pictures being displayed?

Submitted photos are displayed in the Biosciences Atrium during the contest. Be sure to check out the photo display and participate in the silent auction, held in the Biosciences Atrium (116 Barrie Street, Kingston, ON)!

Is your question not listed? Contact us at scb@queensu.ca for more information!


2017 Photo Contest Prizes

Stay tuned!

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors and donors!


2017 Photo Contest Winners

Fauna

1st place: Sophie Gong – Giant Swallow-tail butterfly

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2nd place:John Casnig – Busy is a Bee
3rd place: Lydia Rocheleau – Harbinger
Flora

1st place: Werdah Iqbal – Infinitely Pink

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2nd place: Artem Khmara – Untitled
3rd place: Laura Emleton- Nature’s Barstool
Landscape1st place: Laura Embleton – Celestial Waters 10646889_10152768092851789_3040707505346863281_n
2nd place: Husein Nizami – Twilight Zone
3rd place: Sophie Gong – Forest Dawn
Best in ShowDiana Zhang- Lazy Afternoon 10665320_10152768092921789_8120210781707108324_n

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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 Historical Photo Contest Prizes

The winners of the 2012 Photo contest received:

Overall winner: Robert Bateman Print

Best in Auction: 1 nest box plus 1 Extreme Birds book

A. Nature Portrait: Flora

First prize: 1 year pass to the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

Second prize: $10 gift certificate to Classic Video plus 1 Queen’s University Sweater

Third prize: 2 DVDs plus 1 Queen’s Baseball hat

B. Nature Portrait: Fauna

First prize: Binoculars

Second prize: $10 gift certificate to Classic video plus 1 Queen’s University Sweater

Third prize: $25 gift certificate to Novel Idea plus 1 Queen’s Baseball hat

C. Nature Portrait: Landscape

First prize: 1 Kingston Field Naturalists Book plus a National Geographic Book plus $10 gift certificate to Classic Video

Second prize: $10 gift certificate to Classic Video plus 1 Queen’s University Sweater

Third prize: Gift certificates to Camera Kingston plus 1 Queen’s Baseball hat

D. Nature photos by Youth under 12

First prize: $25 gift certificate to Send in the Clowns plus balloons plus 1 Queen’s baseball hat

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