Do you enjoy photographing Arizona's big game mammals rumbling through their diverse habitats?
Or do you prefer the more delicate results you get when photographing this state's feathered friends?
Maybe you delight in capturing your family on film as they fish a sun-dappled river, boat along a desert shoreline, draw a bow in the field or pursue other outdoor recreational activities.
Whatever your preference, you are invited to participate in the Arizona Game and Fish Department's first photo contest for the 2007 wildlife calendar with a top prize of $300 for the "Best in Show" cover photo.
"From antelope and Gila monsters to ATVs and fishing, Arizona offers many opportunities for both novice and veteran photographers," said Game and Fish Assistant Director of Wildlife Management Bruce Taubert.
"Pictures should tell a story, educate and allow for the enjoyment of the natural beauty of nature."
When heading out to capture the spirit of the outdoors, Game and Fish is offering these helpful tips:
- Choose a focal point, and make all background scenery enhance it.
- Use a tripod.
- Follow the rule of thirds when framing the image in your viewfinder. Divide an image into three parts horizontally and vertically.
- Respect wildlife by viewing it from a safe distance. Do not interrupt its behavior, whether it is feeding or resting. Do not come between a parent and its offspring.
- Do not damage or remove any plant or habitat.
- Be patient-wait for the ideal shot.
- Use a faster shutter speed when photographing animals in motion, such as birds. Use a slower shutter speed when photographing moving water to create a softer image.
Entries must be submitted to Game and Fish with an official entry form by Aug. 1.
The 12 contest categories include junior photography, reptiles, wildlife in hiding, nature-based activities and more. Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality and effectiveness in conveying the unique character of the subject.
For more information, including contest rules, categories and prizes, visit azgfd.gov/photocontest.