Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $35.00
Media Fee(Media Fee): $5.00
Images | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 8
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 8
Event Dates: 9/29/23 - 11/25/23
Gallery by the Lake Inc. announces its fifth annual Gulf Coast Bird Photography Competition to celebrate the joys and benefits of birdwatching, draw attention to the diversity of bird life and habitat across the US and showcase the work of wildlife photographers in North America. The competition culminates in an exhibition from September 29, 2023 to November 25, 2023 in the Gallery by the Lake Inc. gallery space on the second floor of the beautiful Historic City Hall, Lake Charles, Louisiana. A total of $1,350 in prizes will be awarded across the open and fixed-lens camera categories.
September 29, 2023 to November 25, 2023 in the Gallery by the Lake Inc. gallery space on the second floor of the beautiful Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center inLake Charles, Louisiana. Awards will be announced at the opening reception on September 29. Accepted artwork is required to remain in the Gallery by the Lake Inc. gallery space for the duration of the exhibition. In addition, accepted images will be showcased in an online gallery at the https://www.gallerybythelake.org website.
The contest will be judged by BWD Magazine editors Dawn Hewitt and Bruce Wunderlich.
April 28 – Call for entry opens on www.callforentry.org
June 26 - Deadline for entries
July 12 - Notification of Acceptance
September 15 - Deadline for receipt of accepted works
September 29 – Reception and Awards Presentations
November 25 - Exhibition concludes
Open Category - all cameras, but especially those with interchangeable lenses
Fixed-lens Camera Category - this is a new category for 2023 to create a competition for photographs taken with less expensive cameras with fixed, non-removable lens
AWARDS for each category
$300 – 1st Place
$100 – 2nd Place
$75 – 3rd Place
$400 – Best in Show
Photography in which the main subject is a bird or birds. Digital enhancement should be limited to color, shadow, cropping, and reasonable use of AI sharpening software. No alteration of original image background is allowed. Photography regarding bird safety and dignity outlined in Audubon Photography guidelines should be followed.
Accepted works must framed and back wired with the wire reaching no higher than 3” from the top of the frame. Image size should not exceed 18” x 24” or equivalent with matted and framed work not larger than 24” x 30”.
Entries will be made through www.callforentry.org. Each photographer may submit 3 entries for the standard non-refundable entry fee of $35. Up to 5 additional entries may be submitted for $5 each. Pictures must have been taken on or after April 1, 2020.
September 29, 2023 to November 25, 2023 in the Gallery by the Lake Inc. gallery space in the Historic City Hall, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Awards will be announced at the opening reception on September 29. Accepted artwork is required to remain in the Gallery by the Lake Inc. gallery space for the duration of the exhibition.
DELIVERY OF ACCEPTED WORK
Shipped entries should be suitable to withstand the rigors of packaged shipping. Please ship to:
Hit Me With Your Best Shot!
Historic City Hall
1001 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
o Works can be received between August 15 and September 15, 2023
o Hand deliveries accepted September 5 – 9 and 12 from 10 am to 6 pm
o Works must be shipped in reusable packing cartons
o No packing peanuts or popcorn
o All shipped accepted works must include prepaid return shipping label
o Late or damaged shipments will be returned freight collect
RETURN OF ACCEPTED WORKS
Return of artwork begins November 30, 2023
Hand delivery pickup available at Historic City Hall from November 29 – December 3 and December 6 – 10, 10 am to 6 pm.
Photographers of all ages, amateur and professional