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9th Annual Art in Nature Photo Festival

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art will host the 9th Annual Art in Nature Photo Festival August 9-11, 2019. Professional, amateur and youth divisions’ photographs compete in five nature-inspired categories for great prizes. Photographers from as far as Alaska and Florida take part in the competition. This three-day event is full of activities, including the unveiling The Everyday Life of Andy Warhol, a special pop-up photography exhibit with an opening reception to be held on Friday, August 9th at 5 pm, with keynote speaker Elizabeth Kauffman, as well as lectures and seminars given by expert photographers.

All photos are submitted in printed format (with the exception of the new digital category) with a finished canvas size (canvas size means the size of the paper you choose to print your photo on) of either 8”x 10” or 11”x 14” without matting, mounting or framing (digital or physical). Entries are displayed in the museum until the end of the festival on Sunday. First place winning photos will be exhibited in the Welcome Gallery of the museum for up to three months.

All photos must be original photographs and correctly reflect the subject matter as it appeared in the viewfinder with nothing added to the image, and aside from dust spots, nothing taken away; and have been taken within the last two years.

Categories for Professional and Amateur photos include:
-Birds
-Plants and animals other than birds
-Landscape/scenery
-Black & White
-Nature macro/micro photos
-Smart Device
New Rotating Categories for 2019
-Rotating Print Category- Humans in Nature. This is an open category for Professionals, Amateurs, and Youth. Show us your best photo(s) where humans are in Nature. This includes Humans and Animals, Humans and Landscapes, Humans interacting with any part of Nature. This category will be eligible for Grand Champion.
-Online submission only for the category of Nature vs. Man. This is an open category for Professionals, Amateurs, and Youth competing together. Show us your best photo(s) where Nature has reclaimed something man made or impacted man in some way. Like Smart Device this category is currently ineligible for Grand Champion.

Fees:

Paid

Prizes:

Grand Champion
• Rosette
• $750
• One year membership to the Ward Museum
• Four copies of Ward Museum journal
• Four multi-day tickets to the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival in 2020
• Photo on display in the Ward Museum galleries and published in Ward Museum journal

Best in Division for Professional
• Rosette
• $450
• Free Exhibitor Booth at the 2020 Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival
• Photo displayed in the Ward Museum galleries and published in Ward Museum journal

Best in Division for Amateur
• Rosette
• $350
• Four multi-day tickets to the 2020 Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival
• Photo displayed in the Ward Museum galleries and published in Ward Museum journal

Category - First in Category for Professional and Amateur
• Rosette
• One year membership to the Ward Museum
• Four copies of Ward Museum journal
• Two multi-day tickets to the Ward World Championship in 2020
• Photo displayed in the Ward Museum galleries

Second in Category for Professional and Amateur
• Ribbon

Third in Category Professional and Amateur
• Ribbon

Bill Wallen Memorial Youth Division
A Best in Youth will be chosen from all the Bill Wallen Memorial Youth entries.
Best in Youth:
• Rosette
• $150
• One year membership to the Ward Museum
• Four copies of Ward Museum journal
• Four multi-day tickets to the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival in 2020
• Photo on display in the Ward Museum galleries and published in Ward Museum journal

Eligibility:

All ages. The competition has three divisions: Youth, Amateur, and Professional. The Youth division is open only to persons 17 years and under on August 10, 2018. The Amateur division is open to persons over 17 years on August 10, 2018, who do not earn over $5,000 per year from their photography. Anyone may enter the Professional division. However, persons who earn $5,000 or more per year from their photography may only enter the Professional division. An entry form for an entrant 17 years or under on the date of entry must be signed by a parent or guardian. Contest judges, employees, and, board members of the Ward Museum and their immediate families are welcome to exhibit images but are not eligible for any prizes, including the People’s Choice award.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Intellectual Property Rights: Photographers retain all their rights to any photograph entered into the competition and show. However, all entrants or their parent or guardians by entering an image, grant the Ward Museum a royalty-free, non-exclusive right to:

• To display the photograph in its galleries from Friday, August 9, through Sunday, August 11, 2019.

If an entered photograph wins Best in Show or first, second, or third in any category of any division, you or your guardian grant the Ward Museum, by acceptance of the award, ownership of the submitted print and a high-resolution digital copy of the image (to be provided by you to the Ward Museum by August 31, 2019) and royalty-free, non-exclusive rights to:

• Display the photograph in its galleries and on its websites and use the photograph in any of its educational programs, publications, fund-raising, advertising, e-mails, social media outreach efforts, and other activities;
• Allow third-parties to share the photograph on social media;
• Provide your photograph to other individuals and organizations for Ward Museum related use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, videos, and other; and
• Use your name, city, and state in promotions and other activities in connection with any of the above activities,
• Best in Show, Best in Division, People’s Choice, i.e. any first place winning printed photograph will remain at the Ward Museum and be added to the Museum’s collection.

The Ward Museum will endeavor to credit all photographs with your full name and copyright date for winning photographs. The name, city, and state of a winning entry in the Youth division will be requested from a parent or guardian before publishing the name of any Youth division winner.

Theme:

Nature Black and White Environmental Wildlife People Macro/Micro Landscape Digital Art Multi-categories