Oregon Outdoors Photo Contest

    Today we're launching Oregon Outdoors' second annual Outdoor Photo Contest.

    Last year's contest drew 342 entries, and judges anticipate an even better turnout this year.

    Photographers can enter photos in four categories:

    1) Wildlife, which can include any nondomesticated animal photographed in the wild in Oregon

    2) Landscapes, including forests, mountains, deserts, ocean, rivers, lakes or any other landscape that depicts the beauty of Oregon

    3) Wildflowers of Oregon

    4) People in Nature, which can include hikers, skiers, rafters, bikers or any other activity that shows people — alone or in groups — outdoors in Oregon.

    It's an online contest, so entries must be uploaded to our contest website at www.mailtribune.com/outdoorscontest

    The entry deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1.

    Four winning photos — one in each category — will be chosen by our expert judges, and readers will pick a People's Choice winner through online voting.

    The winners will be published Friday, Aug. 8, in the Mail Tribune's Oregon Outdoors section.

    Fill out a registration form and upload your photos at www.mailtribune.com/outdoorscontest

    1) Only photographs taken in Oregon are eligible.

    2) The contest includes four categories: Wildlife, Landscapes, Wildflowers and People in Nature.

    3) Wildlife must be photographed in the wild (no zoo photos or pictures of tethered animals, caged animals or dead animals mounted by taxidermy).

    4) For both wildlife and wildflowers, please include the common species name of the animal or plant if you know it.

    5) Entries must include the photographer's name, phone, address and email address.

    6) Please include the location where the photo was taken.

    7) You can enter up to 5 photos; however, each photographer is eligible to win only one award.

    8) The entrant of the photo must be the photographer who shot the photo.

    9) Only digital (jpeg) photos are eligible, submitted in RGB mode. If you shoot film, the photo must be scanned and submitted in digital format.

    10) Entrants agree to allow Southern Oregon Media Group to publish their photos in print and online.

    11) The contest is open to everyone who meets the criteria above, except for employees of Southern Oregon Media Group.

    The judges will use the following criteria for grading all photos entered:

    1) Composition

    2) Technical quality (sharpness, depth of field, exposure, etc.)

    3) How well the photo captures the essence of the topic.

    If you have questions, email Mail Tribune features editor David Smigelski at dsmigelski@mailtribune.com or call 541-776-8784.

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