2024 Burrowing Owl Photo Contest

Mar 6, 2024 | Burrowing Owls, In the News

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 – Friday, May 10th, 2024

Get ready to capture the beauty of wildlife or indulge in your love for the city’s official bird! The Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife is gearing up for its annual Burrowing Owl Photo Contest, open to all amateur photographers. Soon, you’ll have the chance to submit your entries. Be sure to review the details below on how to participate!

General Conditions
Who May Enter
  • CCFW 2024 Photography Awards Contest is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 7 years of age or older as of the date of submission.
  • CCFW Board Members, Officers, and immediate family members are not permitted to enter the contest.
Division Categories
  • Amateur Youth: 7 to 17 years of age as of the date of submission.
  • Amateur Adult: 18 years old and up.
  • You may submit one photograph to only one of the two divisions.
Eligible Photographs
  • To be eligible to win a prize, all submitted photographs must depict a Cape Coral Burrowing Owl(s).
  • Normal processing of the original file is acceptable, including cropping, minor adjustments to color, white balance, lighting levels, and more.
  • Photographs that have been digitally or otherwise altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. See official contest rules for more information.
Judging

Judging will be conducted by a panel of judges, appointed by CCFW, including expert photographers, with NBC2’s Rob Duns serving as the master of ceremonies and finals judge.

Judges will score eligible photographs using the following criteria:

  • Technical quality (30%)
  • Originality (30%)
  • Artistic merit (40%)

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • One grand prize to the highest-scoring photograph across both divisions
  • One adult prize to the highest-scoring photograph from the Adult division
  • One youth prize for the highest-scoring photograph from the Youth division

No entrant may win more than one prize. In the event of a tie for any prize, the judges will use Artistic Merit of each tied photograph. The photograph with the highest Artistic Merit score will be the winner of that prize. The decisions of the judges and the sponsor will be final. Winners will be contacted and confirmed by email and/or telephone on or about May 18th, 2024. The winners will be announced at the Burrowing Owl Census on Saturday May 18th at Rotary Park, and on the CCFW website www.ccfriendsofwildlife.org and Facebook Page, CCFW Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife.

Prizes
    • There are 7 prizes available to be won: one Grand Prize, and three prizes in each of the two divisions. Prizes will be awarded only to the person whose name is on the winning entry at the time of submission.

Grand Prize:

      • Your photo will be used on 2025’s official CCFW Burrowing Owl T-shirt
      • One CCFW T-shirt with the winning photograph when available, likely near the end of 2024. In addition, one current T-shirt of your choice.
      • One CCFW hat
      • Winner’s certificate
      • Burrowing owl pin
      • One-year free CCFW Membership for you and your family
      • Free tour of Cape Coral Owls

Adult Division:
First Place:

      • One CCFW T-shirt of your choice
      • One CCFW hat
      • Winner’s certificate
      • Burrowing owl pin
      • One-year free CCFW Membership for you and your family

Second Place:

      • One CCFW hat
      • Winner’s certificate
      • Burrowing owl pin
      • One-year free CCFW Membership for you and your family

Third Place:

      • Winner’s certificate
      • Burrowing owl pin
      • One-year free CCFW Membership for you and your family

Youth Division:
First Place:

      • One CCFW T-shirt of your choice
      • One CCFW hat
      • Winner’s certificate
      • Burrowing owl pin
      • One-year free CCFW Membership for you and your family

Second Place:

      • One CCFW hat
      • Winner’s certificate
      • Burrowing owl pin
      • One-year free CCFW Membership for you and your family

Third Place:

    • Winner’s certificate
    • Burrowing owl pin
    • One-year free CCFW Membership for you and your family
Winners Announcement
  • Winners will be announced on May 18th at the Burrowing Owl Census at Rotary Park.
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2024 Official Contest Poster

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2024 Contestant Entry Form

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2024 Official Contest Rules