Big Changes in Store for Annual Photo Contest

Cockle Clam - photograph by Pamela Hicks, Fayetteville, NCChange is one thing in life that is a constant, and it is certainly true that over the past decade digital technology has dramatically changed the way we take, share and view photographs. A look back through the SCW photo archives reveals that in 2004, staff photographers Phillip Jones and Michael Foster were only just beginning to make use of early digital cameras, and the results weren't always so great compared to the film processes those guys and other great SCW shooters like Ted Borg and Robert Clark cut their teeth on in the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. But flash-forward just a decade and virtually every new image produced for the magazine is captured digitally.

So, after much thought, we decided it was finally time to bring our fan-favorite annual photo competition fully into the digital age as well. It's true that photographers have been entering digital images in the contest for some time, but, until this year, we have only allowed them to enter the good old-fashioned analog way — prints on paper delivered by hand or through the mail. Not anymore. Finally, you can (and must) send your photo entries to us via e-mail.

And, since we're already making changes, we've decided to really go wild. It's always been difficult to select just a few winning photos in only two categories, so this year we've redesigned the contest format to accept entries in five categories, including one for youth photographers 17 years old or younger. The categories are:

  • Youth (any subject from any of the other four categories)
  • Wildlife (except birds)
  • Birds
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Scenics/Landscapes.

And now, perhaps our most exciting news: we are pleased to announce that, moving forward, the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund will be the exclusive sponsor of the new South Carolina Wildlife - Hampton Wildlife Fund Photo Contest and Exhibition at the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic. This year, the Classic will be held March 28-30, 2014, at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia.

The contest rules and entry instructions.

Good luck!

2013 Outdoor Photography Competition Winners

2012 Outdoor Photography Competition Winners

2011 Outdoor Photography Competition Winners

2010 Outdoor Photography Competition Winners

2009 Outdoor Photography Competition Winners

2008 Outdoor Photography Competition Winners

The 2014 photo contest deadline is February 15, 2014. 2014 Photo Contest Rules

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