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South Carolina Wildlife, Hampton Wildlife Fund now accepting photo contest entries November 1, 2016

Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to enter two of their best nature photos in the Palmetto State’s highly anticipated annual South Carolina Wildlife/Hampton Wildlife Fund Photo Contest. Winning photographs will be displayed at the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic March 24-26, 2017.

This photo won third place in the 2016 contest, Wildlife category.  Photo by Amanda Johnson.

This photo won third place in the 2016 contest, Wildlife category. Photo by Amanda Johnson.

The S.C. of Natural Resources (SCDNR), its award-winning flagship magazine, South Carolina Wildlife, and the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund have proudly sponsored this photography contest year after year to celebrate the vast array of wildlife and scenic natural areas found across the state. The long-running competition showcases the Palmetto State’s stunning natural vistas, vibrant wildlife and rich outdoor traditions.

Contest Rules

Up to two photographs may be entered per person. All entries must be received by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2017. Resolution/size of the image file must be a minimum of two megabytes (MB). Prints will not be accepted - only digital images. Images not meeting these basic requirements will be ineligible for prizes. Of course, all photos must be shot in South Carolina. They may be either landscape or portrait orientation. File format should be .jpg or .JPEG.

Entries exhibiting excessive use of content manipulation such as composite images or other image manipulations including, but not limited to, colorizing or use of digital effects, may be disqualified. However, some HDR images may be considered at the discretion of the judges.

At the sole discretion of the contest committee, images must be tasteful and appropriate for public and family viewing.

Winning photographers and those earning a spot in the Top 100 digital gallery will be notified by email after judging is complete (no later than March 15, 2017). Winning photographs will be posted to the South Carolina Wildlife website (www.scwildlife.com) after March 15, 2017.

The top 100 photos (including the winning photos in each category) will be chosen by the panel of judges. Winning images will be printed and mounted by South Carolina Wildlife magazine and displayed at the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic from March 24-26, 2017, which takes place at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. The remaining photos from the Top 100 will be displayed in a digital gallery near the display. Winning photoprints may be picked up after 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic. Prints not picked up will be mailed to the respective photographers after the Classic.

Entries not conforming to these rules may be disqualified without further notification.

How to enter

Send an e-mail to photocontest@dnr.sc.gov with the following required information: Photographer's name, complete mailing address, e-mail address, photo, photo description, photo location and the category you wish to enter (Wildlife, Birds, Recreation, Scenic Landscapes).


One 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize in each category.
One Harry Hampton Best of Show Award

Photo Usage Rights Release

By entering the contest, photographers grant lifetime usage rights of entered images to South Carolina Wildlife magazine, SCDNR and the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund. This agreement does not in any way limit the right of the photographer to print, publish, display or sell the image.

No compensation is offered for any use, publication or reprint of these images by South Carolina Wildlife magazine, the SCDNR or the Harry Hampton Fund. Entrant attests that the attached photograph is the original work of the author and that the entrant is the said author and that no other person, persons and/or entities (public, private or corporate) have any further rights or copyrights to this original photograph.

The deadline for photo entry is Feb. 15, 2017.

For more information, contact Joey Frazier at 803-734-3967 or visit the South Carolina Wildlife magazine website at http://www.scwildlife.com/photocontest/index.html.

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