Wildlife photo contest area extended

Feb. 7, 2013 at midnight
Updated Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:07 p.m.

The Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest is extending the contest boundaries to include Brooks, Starr, Kenedy, La Salle and Jackson counties for the 2013 contest beginning Feb. 15. The extension will allow landowners and photographer teams in these counties to compete for the $50,000 in prize money.

Registration for photographers is open to any level of photographer from around the world.

Photographers team up with Texas Ranchers and landowners. The teams are given three months to photograph on the property they team up with.

Five new counties have been added to compete in the 2013 contest: Brooks, Starr, Kenedy, La Salle and Jackson counties. Existing counties include: Aransas, Duval, Jim Wells, Live Oak, Nueces, San Patricio, Bee, Goliad, Kleberg, McMullen, Refugio, Lavaca, DeWitt, Victoria, Karnes and Calhoun.

A panel of three world-renowned judges selects 290 winning images from the thousands of digital images submitted in the contest. Winning Photographers and Landowners equally share the prize money.

The winning images are then taken on a two-year tour around the coastal bend spreading public awareness about wildlife conservation using our wildlife photography books, "Wildlife in Focus," traveling Benefactor's Photo Exhibit and schools' education program, Kritters 4 Kids.

The contest period is Feb. 15-March 15 and April 1-June 1. Pictures should be submitted in digital format.

Registration is open until Feb. 10. Entry forms are available at wildlifeinfocus.org

For more information, contact Patti Young, executive director, at 361-881-9316 or widlifephotocontest@sbcglobal.net



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