The Student Chapters Photography Contest
Spring Semester 2016
The annual Student Chapters Photography Contest is held between the Berkeley and SFSU chapters. The photography contest is aimed at encouraging students to blend art and wildlife studies to demonstrate a conservation value, aspect of natural history, or a photo useful in identifying an organism.
HOW IT WORKS
HOW TO SUBMIT
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CATEGORIES
Although there are only 3 categories, feel free to be creative! If you can't decide where you're photo goes, we can decide for you.
Conservation photos are pictures that are typically used in newspaper articles, Bay Nature magazine, blogs, and other literature that demonstrate people working with a species; people engaging in a project for a species; an educational group; or members of the public interacting with wildlife. They are used to generate public interest or understanding of our connection with nature. Human faces sell, so these are most useful in conservation efforts where people realize that others are interested in preserving an organism.
NATURAL HISTORY PHOTOS
Natural history photos are pictures that you might expect to see in a textbook, nature magazine or a coffee table book. They are photos that demonstrate behaviors of animals, animals within their natural habitats, or something related to the natural history or a species (foraging, mating, migrating, hiding, etc.). These photos are helpful as scientific proof of an animal doing its natural thing.
WILDLIFE PORTRAIT PHOTOS
WIldlife portrait photos are important because they show the animal closeup and isolated, so that the viewer can "get to know" it. Portraits can be like field guide pictures, which show the full animal and all its identifiable characteristics, or it can be a headshot that introduces us to the animal as if it were another person. Unlike natural history photos, portraits showcase the animal for its appearance. These photos help gain empathy and interest in an organism where we can see its personality or appreciate its form.