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Competitions For You and Your Kids

If you’ve been making photography a family affair and you’re a competitive bunch check out these competitions which all feature categories for adults and under 18s:

Travel Photographer of the Year – Always has exceptionally high standards of work entered, this one is open to amateurs and professionals and features a special category for under 17s. This year they’ve created the “first shot” category to give less experienced amateurs a chance to compete against each other while the more experienced compete in the other categories. The entry fee for adults are from £10 to £15 per category and the Young TPOTY category is free. There are some awesome travel and photography equipment prizes up for grabs.

Environmental Photographer of the Year – Features four categories for any age (both amateur and pro photographers) and one specifically for under 21s. This one is free to enter and has the aim of raising awareness of our environment. There are no physical prizes but winning work will be published on the website and displayed in a roving exhibition.

National Wildlife Photo Contest – In it’s 38th year this competition from the National Wildlife Federation has pro, amateur, and youth division. The entry fee is $15 (for up to 20 photos) and includes a one-year subscription to National Wildlife magazine.

Wildlife in North Carolina 2008 Photo Competition – If you’ve photographer wildlife in NC anytime since September 2003 you’re eligible to enter the eight adult categories and two youth categories (one for 13-17 year olds and one for 12 and under). Some smaller cash prizes up for grabs and the chance to have your winning photo on a magazine cover. This one’s free to enter.

Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest – This one’s a chance to work together as a family, entries into this competition (which includes poetry and essay categories too) have to be a team effort submitted by a team made of multiple generations (not necessarily related to each other). The theme is to submit a photo, poem, or essay (or combination thereof) “that best expresses the Sense of Wonder that you feel for the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes.” The deadline for this one is coming up fast though, entries must be received by June 16th 2008.

Ray Davis

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