The Florida Wild Mammal Association (FWMA), a wildlife rehabilitation center in Crawfordville, is sponsoring a fundraiser photo contest.
This year two new categories have been added - black and white and macro. The other categories are bird, other wildlife, landscape, flower/plant life and altered.
Bird photos can be of any bird in any activity or behavior; other wildlife photos can be any wild animal other than birds.
Altered photos can be of any wildlife that has been altered via tools in Photoshop or other similar software. The subject must still be recognizable.
Macro photos are extreme close-up photography, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size.
Photo subjects can be anywhere in the world. Entry fee is $10 per category and up to three entries may be submitted. In the interest of encouraging more young photographers to participate, there is no entry fee for age 17 and under.
Either printed or digital entries will be accepted. Printed entries can be mailed to the FWMA, 198 Edgar Poole Rd., Crawfordville FL 32327, or dropped off at the Apalachicola Times, 129 Commerce Street, Apalachicola, or the Wakulla News, at 3119-A, Crawfordville Road., Crawfordville. Digital entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries must be postmarked or received no later than Oct. 15. Blind judging will be done by a team of local photographers. Winners will be notified by Nov. 15, and all entrants will receive an email shortly thereafter. Entrants willing to donate their photo entries will generate additional funds for the animals when the photos are subsequently sold.
Category winners will be invited to visit the rehabilitation facility, with opportunities to photograph the wildlife in residence and in care. All winning images will be exhibited in a public location, to be announced, and all entries will be available for viewing on the FWMA Facebook and website. They will also be included in the subsequent FWMA newsletter.
The first overall winning photograph that includes wildlife will be used for the 2014 FWMA thank-you cards, and the second overall winning photograph that includes wildlife will be used for the 2014 FWMA brochure. All entries will be considered for use on the 2013 FWMA Christmas card. In addition, the category winners will receive an FWMA t-shirt and other donated prizes. Certificates will be awarded to all winners.
See complete instructions on the FWMA Facebook page. For folks not on Facebook, there is a link on the FWMA website www.wakullawildlife.org. Anyone without Internet access can call (850) 510-7583 to get a copy of the instructions.
FWMA, in operation since 1994, takes in about 1,000 animals yearly. It is a non-profit organization that depends totally on grants and individual donations to support the funding needs. Recently, demands for rehabilitation have increased while resources have decreased. All entry fees from this contest will be used for current needs at the center.
FWMA has limited fundraisers this year, so let's make this a great one! Pick out some of your super shots and share them with us for the animals.