Fairchild’s ‘Birds of South Florida’ photo contests accepting entries

Fairchild’s ‘Birds of South Florida’ photo contests accepting entries

Reflecting by Jeff Tolle, one of the 2014 “Birds of South Florida” photo contest winners

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is accepting entries for its two “Birds of South Florida” photo contests as part of the Bird Festival presented by Fairchild and the Tropical Audubon Society.

In addition to the annual photo contest for adults, new this year is a bird photo contest for kids. Entering the contest is free and open to all amateur photographers. The deadline for entries is Friday, Sept. 18.

Photo submissions must be taken in South Florida and sent with the registration form filled out and attached via email to bird@fairchildgarden.org. Participants must be 13 years of age or older. Expert judges will review each submission and select the top 20 photos. The judging panel will then choose the first, second, and third place entries, which will be announced before the Keynote Lecture at the Bird Festival on Saturday, Oct. 3. The top three entries will receive a special prize, and the top 20 photos will be digitally displayed throughout the garden and on Fairchild’s Facebook page during the Bird Festival, held Oct. 3-4.

Participants who submit entries for the kids’ photography contest must be younger than 13 years of age and must submit a registration form with a parent or guardian’s signature to littlebird@fairchildgarden.org. Photos can feature any species of bird. A team of experts will choose the top three photos and winners will be announced before the Keynote Lecture on Saturday, Oct. 3, and will receive special prizes.
The Bird Festival will take place Oct. 1-4 with two days of offsite field trips and two days of onsite activities at Fairchild. The event features bird walks, a photo contest, plant sales, and a lecture by Dr. James A. Kushlan, keynote speaker Kenn Kaufman, author of “Kingbird Highway” and winner of the American Birding Association’s lifetime achievement award.

To submit a photo, visit www.fairchildgarden.org/Bird-Festival to fill out and email the photo contest registration form.

Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd, in Coral Gables. For more information, call 305-667-1651 or visit online at www.fairchildgarden.org.

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