OSPREY — The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is holding its fourth annual virtual Summer Photo Contest and invites photographers of all ages and experience levels to share their original work showcasing the natural beauty of the Sunshine State.
The exhibition will be entirely virtual with website and Facebook displays. Works submitted for the juried exhibition must have been taken in Florida within the past year and fall into one of four categories:
· The Big Picture: Landscapes or waterscapes – this category is for those majestic views and sweeping vistas that showcase Mother Nature in all her glory.
· The Art of Nature: A celebration of abstract expressions in nature and science, this category is for closeups, angles, patterns, motion, or other unique perspectives of the natural world.
· Fabulously Florida: What makes Florida Florida? Whether it’s plants, animals, or people, this category highlights the Sunshine State and those who call this special place home.
· Winged Life: Birds, butterflies, and bees, oh my! This category is dedicated to the winged creatures and feathered friends we all love to photograph – in flight, perched, or in action.
There is also a Youth Perspective category for photographers aged 15 and under. Youth Perspective submissions must still fall into one of the four categories.
Up to three photographs may be submitted per person and must be received via email no later than midnight on May 31. Jurors will review all submissions and select 10 in each category for display in online galleries on the Conservation Foundation website and Conservation Foundation Facebook page.
The jury includes noted photographer Kerri Gagne Deatherage; fine artist Mary Louise O’Connell; and award-winning commercial photographer Robert Nishihira.
The competition will award prizes to category winners as selected by the jury as well as People’s Choice winners determined by popular vote on Facebook. For details, entry rules, and submission forms visit conservationfoundation.com/summerphoto.
Submitted by Sam Valentin
This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Fourth annual Summer Photo Contest celebrates Florida’s natural beauty